I have finished my Wren jacket, designed by Kim Hargreaves and embellished by me with metallic trim à la Karl Lagerfeld:
I apologize for the delay in posting any photos. I had a dental surgery a few weeks ago which I didn’t finish because the anesthetic and I were not compatible so I am waiting until the effects wear off to finish it. In the meantime, I am running around with an unusual-looking set of front teeth, so no photos of me wearing the jacket yet I am afraid.
I will share more details and photos soon!
In the meantime, here are a few inspiring photos from the Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show.
The theme of this show was a “Fashion Strike” featuring picket signs like “Tweed, not Tweet” and “Make Fashion not War!” Adorable! My favorite pieces in the fashion show were the knit polo shirts:
Aren’t these tops fabulous? The knitted polo, classic and simple but with an outrageous Lagerfeld twist. Looking at these gorgeous cuffs and collars, can you say novelty yarn? In the past, I have tried to knit numerous versions of this type of polo shirt with a stand up collar and let’s face it, it is impossible to knit a collar that stands up proud and tall like the store-bought, machine-made version. The collar always droops when it is knitted, unfortunately, and that is why I have been looking for a solution to this problem for so long. It never occurred me to take advantage of the inevitable floppiness instead. Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t even try to create a perky collar with his novelty yarns. Instead he renders the collar into an accessory that is extra colorful and extra long so the structure becomes immaterial. What a genius he is!
Of course, I am knitting my own version of this using Jennie Atkinson’s pattern “Antibes.” It is taking an extra long time because, to emulate the look of machine-knitted fabric for the body of the polo, I am using laceweight yarn knitted loosely on size 2 needles. I will share photos of my project soon.
Here is Jennie Atkinson’s Antibes knitting pattern: