I’m feeling inspired so I’m moving on with my new dress Pattern! I’ve decided to make a new test version, this time in knitted fabric and I have just the right thing waiting in my stash!
But first, what to call the pattern? I find that I like a pattern idea better when it has a name. And I’m still using Swedish sites and places so now I’m choosing between Åsaka, or maybe Lerkil? Any preferences?
Or maybe Borås, as that’s the name of the town where I made this fabric!!
Yes, it’s true! I actually knitted this fabric myself! Not by hand 😉 but using this beauty! An industrial circular knitting machine, ta-da!
This machine knits with a huge number of machines or “tracks” that go round in a circle and knit the fabric, as a tube, in no time!
To see the process you can watch this (pretty hilarious) commercial video from a Taiwan company here
I especially like the dramatic music!
Anyway, this machine is placed at the University of Borå’s trikålab (jersey lab) where I spent one week of my design education, to learn all about knitting. But seriously, To learn just the basics you would need a year!!!
Knitted fabric is way complicated, there are hundreds of different ways to make it and all have their pros and cons. I definitely am aware now that knitted fabric (in high quality ) from thin jersey to chunky sweater stuff, is expensive!
So this fabric that I made used three different colors. I designed the pattern too, a simple stripe but with a subtle herringbone effect. Not exactly groundbreaking in design…
I planned to use it in a men’swear collection I created back in school, but never did, and so It has waited in my stash for quite some time.
I did it in three colorways, here’s the blue/blue. The backside is more exciting…
This is the beginning edge, love how the brown comes in. But I have decided to save the red/white for later. There’s not much of it, sadly
The backside is really nice. Maybe I will use that side?