5 tips every knitter must see
The idea of a capsule wardrobe has been around for a while. It’s all about minimising your wardrobe to a few key, versatile pieces that you can mix and match, and there’s no reason you can’t apply the idea to your knitting projects! Here are 5 tips to help you get started.
I love being able to wear one of my favourite handmade knits and show it off, but now and then I make something that’s a bit of a flop and I just quietly hide it at the back of the wardrobe. So it got me thinking, how can I make more pieces I love and less of the ones I don’t? Using the popular idea of the capsule wardrobe I’ve created five simple steps to help you streamline your knitting and create pieces you’ll want to wear again and again.
1) Know your style
Take some time to look at your wardrobe and assess your clothes. Do you have a lot of prints and bright colours? If so, some neutral accessories might work well. But if you prefer to keep to more muted tones when you dress, knitting could be the perfect way to try out a bold statement colour. The Sea Level Jumper by Heidi Kirrmaier is a great, versatile choice. Knitted in sport weight yarn it can be worn all year round and looks great with a pair of jeans for an everyday, casual look.
2) Be practical
Be realistic about what you need, evening shawls are beautiful, and if you have a lot of weddings and parties (or even enjoy looking glamorous on the sofa) definitely have at least one (oh go on then, maybe two), but perhaps something like a cowl might be more useful for your day-to-day life? Useful doesn’t have to mean boring, try something like this simple but stunning Swallow Cowl by Hannah Fettig.
3) Colour coordinate
This is the perfect time to play with colour and find out what suits you. You can even bring in an honest friend who you know will tell you what works and what doesn’t! Hopefully you’ll find that by coordinating your knitting with your existing clothes it’ll make it easier and quicker to pull an outfit together, meaning you actually get to wear those amazing knitted pieces you worked so hard on! The soft pastel colour combinations in the Slice Shawl by Tin Can Knits show you how you can bring together colours you might not normally try.
4) Spend wisely
If you’re planning to make something you’ll want to wear often, it might be worth investing in some more expensive yarn that’s going to last well and be a joy to wear. Nobody wants a scratchy jumper that starts to pill the first time you wear it! The Dark Pearl Cardigan by Carol Feller uses yarns with a touch of silk, so it’ll feel great to wear and look amazing! Buttoned up it’s the perfect accompaniment to a summer dress.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your knitting! Each piece of your knitting should reflect a bit of your character, whether it’s a striking monochrome scarf or a quirky pair of mittens inspired by polka dots and vampires like Vampolka by Melanie Berg! And if something doesn’t work out quite the way you thought, don’t worry – there’s bound to be someone who’d love to wear it!
Hopefully by thinking more about what you make, the end results will be pieces you really love and wear regularly and don’t get shoved to the back of the cupboard, doomed to be enjoyed only by the moths. Your knitting needs to be shown off! Do you have key pieces you love to wear and wear again? Or are there pieces you’ve made and never worn? Let us know in the comments!
Last updated: April 27th, 2017.