What goes together better than chunky knits in chilly weather? Bulky, chunky knitted sweaters and garments make for perfect winter wear, or excellent wraps to take away a crisp cold in the air.
Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric. Knitted fabric is a textile that results from knitting. Its properties are distinct from woven fabric in that it is more flexilite and can be more readily constructed into smaller pieces, making knit ideal for socks and hats!
Knitting Fun Fact: Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitting has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of interlocking loops. As each row progresses, a newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row are then pulled off the other needle.
Knitted chunky sweater wonderland! Fashion grand!
Different types of yarns (fibre type, texture and twist), needle sizes and stitch types may be used to achieve knitted fabrics with diverse properties (color, texture, weight, heat retention, water resistance and integrity). Knitted fabric properties are distinct from nonwoven fabric in that it is more durable, but takes more resources to create, making knitted fabric suitable for multiple purposes.
Knit Fabric Fun Fact: There are two major varieties of knit fabric: weft-knit and warp-knit fabrics. Warp-knitted fabrics such as tricot and Milanese are resistant to runs and are commonly used in lingerie. Weft-knitted fabrics are easier to make and more common. When cut, they will unravel (run) unless repaired.
Knitted fabrics are warm, cozy, comfortable to wear, and cool to look at!
Structure of Knitted Fabrics:
- Courses and Wales
- Weft and Warp Knitting
- Knit and Purl Stitches
- Right and Left-Plaited Stitches
- Cables, Increases and Lace
- Edges and Joins Between Fabrics
- Ornamentations and Additions
Knit Fun Fact: The word knit is derived from knot and ultimately from the Old English cnyttan, to knot.
Knitted garments make for great shawls, scarves, sweaters, hats, coats, handbags and socks. Knitted vests and gloves are particularly vogue and add fashionable flair to any outfit.
For all fashion preferences, knitted garments can be purchased that are made with one single color of yarn, or made and woven with many different colors. Some yarns are dyed to either change color with every few stitches or to change colors with every few rows. Knitted garments can also be made that permit large fields of color, busy small-scale patterns of color, or both.
Burst onto the style scene dressed in a rainbow of eye-catching knitted colors.
Chunky funky knits!
The process of knitting has three basic tasks:
- The active (unsecured) stitches must be held so they don’t drop.
- These stitches must be released sometime after they are secured.
- New bights of yarn must be passed through the fabric, usually through active stitches, thus securing them.
In very simple cases, knitting can be done without tools, using only your fingers to do these tasks. Generally, knitting is carried out using knitting needles, knitting machines or rigid frames.
Knitted, knock-out knits!
Overgrown, oversewn, chunky, clunky knits. Styling!
Knitting Fun Fact: Studies have shown that hand knitting, along with other forms of needlework, provide significant health benefits. The rhythmic and repetitive action of hand knitting can help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system, as well as creates a relaxation response in the body which can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, help prevent illness and have an overall calming effect. Ah, much like clothes shopping and picture book coloring.
Fix your mess and de-stress dressed in nifty knits!
Buy a garment that’s the perfect fit made of durable, chunky, knock-out knit!
“I’m looking for a sweater that allows me to move with ease.”
“Something that doesn’t bind but keeps out a cold breeze?”
“Yes, a sweater that is cool to wear and keeps me warm.”
“How about a knitted fabric? You’ll stay cozy and dry in a storm.”
“That heavy looking sweater actually feels quite light.”
“Stylish, alluring and fits just right”
Snuggle up and snuggle down in a chunky knitted fabric…a definite win!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846