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Published on June 17th, 2016 | by Csilla

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Indie June: Ambah O’Brien

Designer of amazing knitwear and accessories, Ambah O’Brien has a lot to share about style, fashion, and the challenge of designing something new and exciting. 

Ambah O'Brien talks to LoveCrochet about style, fashion, and designing the perfect shawl like the Inara Wrap: Download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the Inara wrap pattern by Ambah O’Brien

What is your favourite thing to design?

Shawls, hands down! There are just so many possibilities and I wear them all the time.

How would you describe your style?

I design contemporary knitwear patterns, with a nod to retro and geometric design.

Ambah O'Brien talks to LoveCrochet about style, fashion, and designing the perfect shawl like the Inara Wrap: Download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the Kalari Shawl by Ambah O’Brien

When designing a shawl, how do you decide what shape to go with?

To begin, I love tapered ends, it suits the way I like to wear a shawl, so most often a triangular or bias wrap are the shapes I’ll go with. I love to experiment with construction and explore a range of shapes beyond these. Sometimes the idea will just pop into my head, other times a result of sketching out thoughts will bring me to a shape.

Ambah O'Brien talks to LoveCrochet about style, fashion, and designing the perfect shawl like the Inara Wrap: Download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download Ambah’s Cardinia shawl pattern

What are your starting points for designing a shawl?

That varies greatly from wanting to incorporate particular yarn or colours into a design, to beginning with a shape or concept and designing from there.

What is the hardest part of designing a shawl?

Being certain that it will work! Sometimes I finish a design and only then know that I need to rip it out and start again, even though it is hard to do at the time, I am always more satisfied with the end result.

Can one ever have enough shawls?

Never!

Do you have any tips for wearing a shawl?

I like to wear mine more like a scarf, with the point/centre at the front and the ends wrapped around and either dangled in front or ties – hence my desire for tapered ends. I also like to wear it draped around my neck and the ends dangling in front, not wrapped.

Ambah O'Brien talks to LoveCrochet about style, fashion, and designing the perfect shawl like the Inara Wrap: Download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the Sherbet Fountain shawl pattern by Ambah O’Brien

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About the Author

adores soft and snuggly accessories and thinks there is no better way than making them yourself. She loves knitting, yoga and picnics in the park.


Last updated: July 26th, 2016.

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