These days everyone is trying to save a little cashola, and if you're a clever kitty-cat knitter you really can create your own version of designer knits. This post is about how one knitter took inspiration from both a published knitting pattern and a designer piece to create a $595 sweater for a mere $55. Here's the story....
Thumbing through the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Knit 1, I noticed Cropped Cardi - a vest-like item that's a direct descendant of this Lutz and Patmos chunky sweater (the purple one in the foreground of this picture):
Fellow Raveler Judy was nice enough to share her FO (finished object) of the Cropped Cardi. See the similarities in the mitered body construction?
I had been semi-obsessed with the original Lutz and Patmos design and thought, "Aha! This pattern shows me how to construct the body of that sweater...I wonder if anyone else thought of adding sleeves and a different collar to this piece to make it look like the Chunky Cardigan?"
Yup, someone had thought of it. Looking through all the Ravelry FOs of this piece turned up fellow Raveler aileenjo's version. She used about 6 skeins of Stonehedge Fiber Mill ($9.00 US for a 250 yarn skein) in the Midnight Lake colorway, to recreate the $595 Lutz and Patmos chunky cardigan. Note: She held the yarn triple to get gauge.
If you love this sweater, the only way to get one is to knit it yourself because it's no longer available at retail. If you're interested in how to do it, check out aileenjo's detailed notes on Ravelry. Maybe if enough of us ask, she might publish a pattern.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear your stories about using designer pieces as inspiration.....