In our post-pandemic world, there is not just a want, but a need more than ever now for clothing that has the comfortability of sweats without the frump. This apparel and lifestyle collection consists of knit-leisure wardrobe staples like fitted knit skirts sets and pants, slouchy crew necks, chunky sweaters, and even a knit tote bag.
This collection is inspired by my deep appreciation of hand-knitting, nature, and slow fashion. Deserts, red rock caverns, and bodies of water serve as my palette, intertwining rust reds with ochre yellows and misty teals. These places are rich in natural textures and evoke feelings of comfort and relaxation.
Originally I had looked to traditional hand-knitting patterns that combined knit and purl stitches to make pattern through structure. I then explored the capabilities of left-leaning and right-leaning pointelle stitches. This concept prompted me to design several prints to use as a layout to create my own intricate pattern work. I then programmed and knit out these samples on a 10-cut Shima Seiki industrial knitting machine. Several of these industrially knit samples utilize plating techniques to create marbled colorwork, mimicking striated red rocks and streaky sunsets.
Through this process, I have truly developed a deep appreciation for craft. There’s something incredibly satisfying about knitting a piece and watching it grow into something tangible. It is even more so rewarding to finally wear or use that tangible piece and bring life into it. Slowing down to incorporate hand-knitting into my design process has greatly informed my mechanical processes and the way I approach knitwear construction in all aspects.