Sunday, 25 October 2015

Lolita Knitwear: Knitting (and crochet) Patterns and Inspiration

The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting colder, and Starbucks is advertising their Pumpkin Spice Latte like there's no tomorrow. With Autumn well under way, and winter soon approaching, I have found myself shifting from the fabric and sewing aisle, to eyeing up soft, warm and beautiful wool and yarn. In a recent escapade to the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching show, I bought this beautiful alpaca wool (along with several other fabric goodies!) to make gloves:

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Then it got me thinking – why stop there? What else could I make to fit in with my lolita wardrobe? Searching around on the internet, I couldn't really find a satisfying source of lolita knitting patterns, so, after a lot of research on lolibrary (the lolita clothing database) and ravelry (knitting pattern database), I thought I would share my thoughts and finds with you here. I'm also working on a series of blogposts on knitwear including defining characteristics of brand knitwear, what to look for when buying offbrand knits, how to customise and embellish knitwear, and my favourite finds from Etsy and Taobao).