Knitting It for Themselves: That Prada Sweater

September 15, 2017

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  • Absolutely gorgeous. Whoever ends up wearing this will be admired by all who see it.

  • This is amazing!! Do I dare try this? Maybe!!

  • Beautiful!

  • will have to watch some of the tutorials, and cross my fingers

  • It’s beautiful, Julia!

  • This was the best rabbit hole to fall into for the past one hour plus! 🙂 So much inspiration!

    • PS…….I LOVE my Eddy Wrap. It’s such a happy wrap to wear!

  • Oh how I love to read this kind of writing about knitting! Your jacket is a win, no question about it. I hope you wear it more than share it. 😉

    Nothing about knitting scares me, it is only yarn. One of the [many] things I love about knitting is it doesn’t have the kinds of consequences the rest of my life does. I can make a bad choice or try to do something tricky that comes out all wrong, and really, it’s still just yarn. I’ve been playing with two color brioche to see if I can get my brain to truly visualize how the stitch comes together. I’m not quite there yet….

  • I think I may have to try this technique on a hat. It just looks like so much fun!

  • Julia, your cardigan is beyond gorgeous, and I enjoyed our conversations about this knitting adventure so much. Thank you for your support! And for all you knitters out there (freely quoting mr. Dumas); go, and seek hazardous adventures!

  • What a gorgeous sweater and what an inspiring odyssey! In the early days of Ravelry, I stumbled onto the “Knitting Russian Style” group, which was full of similar projects: re-creations of elaborate ready-to-wear outfits. It was a fascinating rabbit-hole of inventivity and resourcefulness. I think that in the U.S. we take even our pasttimes so seriously that, in our search for “doing it right”, we forget that we are capable of “doing it our way”. Thank you for the beautiful reminder!

  • Love this. I will have to try some shells when other things get done and play around with them.

  • I think I would like to be best friends with someone who wears this sweater. Because as odd as it might seem if I keep staring at someone else’s sweater, it could only look a tiny bit MORE odd if I keep trying to stare at my own sweater.

  • Oh, how Ilove to read about knitting in posts like this – our brains definitely get stretched! I’m about to start the scallop section on the Eddy wrap – can’t wait! I might even try a hat next. Thanks for being such an intrepid designer … and all the fun links!

  • So many gorgeous scallops – I read this and felt my knitting courage expand! Thank you!

  • Dear Universe
    I NEED this in Noro.
    Love

    Mary

  • Hi Julia, thanks for such a fascinating text. I adore the Prada jumper and every attempt to recreate/reinterpret the pattern/stitch. And you’ve talked to some incredible knitters. But I can’t help but feel there’s a voice missing, and that’s Prada’s. on the basis that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, not to mention the age-old tradition of using haute couture as a springboard for domestic knitting and dress-making, can’t we find out who designed the original model at Prada? I’m sure they’d be thrilled to see your article and all the related knits. And what, indeed, was their initial inspiration source? Isn’t it time to close the circle, so to speak, and let them add their voice to the conversation? I’m so intrigued and, for me, it’s the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle!

    • hey Helen: I did reach out to the Prada folks through what I hoped were reliable channels, but they never replied. If you look at the first article, linked at the top of this one, and my long response to another question about writing a knitting pattern, you can read about that attempt and my understanding about couture knitwear. I agree. I would love to hear how the soup got made, but the chef won’t speak to the restaurant critic.

  • I love all these, and admire the Eastern European inventiveness in particular. (Or maybe their projects are really examples of EZ’s “unventing!”) For those who want a way to try out the shells without constructing a shaped garment, Gail Tanquary designed something she calls a “Fan Shawl” for Classic Elite Yarns. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s in my Rav queue! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fan-shawl-dk