Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Hanne Falkenberg - Danish knitwear designer

I am totally in love with Hanne Falkenberg and her knitwear designs; sadly her designs seem to be all in garter stitch (hand knitting). 

The one that appeals particularly is 'Dacapo'.  It appears to be made up from modular pieces. See http://www.cucumberpatch.co.uk/dacapo.htm (the back of this jacket is particularly attractive).

I am in the process of designing my own knitting machine version, using Designaknit8.  So far I have created this layout; it's not easy to explain but each piece is named so hopefully I will know where each piece goes when I get around to creating and constructing it.

I still haven't decided on the stitch pattern - maybe tuck, or 1x1 Birdseye slip ...  any suggestions?

The other design I much admire is Diva, see http://www.cucumberpatch.co.uk/diva.htm

The Origin of Machine Knitting

When I was researching into my family tree, I came across the occupation 'Framework knitter'. This is the origin of machine knitting as we know it today. My ancestors came from Leicestershire, England.

Machine knitting was invented in 1589 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

See a framework knitting machine in action here

The link below gives more information about framework knitters and their dreary lives.