Letter from London: Fancy Knits at Burberry Makers House

March 17, 2017

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  • Stunning. Thank you for the close-ups!

  • Ooh! Cables!

  • Ooh ooh ooh.

  • Some sumptious capes and a great description of it all, thankyou.
    And now I’m feeling slightly chuffed with myself as a couple of months ago I knitted up the last of some ruffled novelty yarn into a cape for the family’s sixty year old large doll! Maybe now I will enter it as a project on Rav….

    • Please do enter it on Rav. We all want to see it.

    • Please post it!!!

  • Thanks alot. I pinned many of these for future reference.

  • Well, maybe knitting will get the respect it deserves now!

  • Thank you for sharing the best swoon post ever. I’m always looking for advocates of promoting craft to fine art.

  • Jaw dropping. Henry Moore and cables! Let’s hear it for imagination and creativity. There is fun and beauty out there and thank you for bringing in home.

    • Couldn’t agree more (unintended pun) thanks for saying what I wanted to say. I wish I’d been there.

  • It’s great to see that what I thought were some bizarre knitting mistakes I’ve made are actually asymmetric high fashion! To funny!

    • It’s very liberating! A mis-twisted cable is not only ok, it’s required.

      • Oh, I don’t even bother about mistwisted cables. I’m already quite liberated in that way. And of course if any of us did make something like these things and wore them, people would think w we’d a.) been in a transporter accident or b.) Didn’t know how to read a pattern. Not to mention if those things with ask the massive cables are made of cotton, they must weigh 50 pounds.

        • Been chuckling over this all day.

  • Beautiful! I want to touch all of them!

  • I knitted a cape about six months ago and wear it CONSTANTLY.
    Take THAT cold office!


    It’s so perfectly simple and cushy. And it scrunches so stylishly! (To make the cape even more boring, er, simple, I wear mine stockinette side out. Added an edging to make the bottom lie flattish. Edging choice was inspired by Ann’s ode to the garter rib! https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/free-pattern-procrastinating-knitters/ )

  • I was merely interested as I read the letter and scrolled through the pictures, then I was INTERESTED as the sideways, slanted bands of cables, cuff in the middle of the sleeve men’s sweater hove into view. Yowza. And I am totally not a lace person but am strangely attracted to the broderie anglaise over a white button down shirt. Hmm, food for thought.

    I am amused and impressed by Amanda’s statement that “your readers, with their huge knowledge and experience, will look at this and invent a pattern while thinking about what to eat for supper.” She knows knitters. Thanks! It’s been too long since I was in London.

  • After getting a gander of that bias-knitted men’s aran, I’m feeling soooo much better about having fallen in love with and hunted down the New Zealand pattern for the prosaically named Crucci 1454! Off to rededicate myself to the swatching.

    • How cool is that!

  • Wow wow wow. And the RTW collection has even more capes, some knit some woven. Even the booties are knitted. You’ve no idea how much I needed to see this today – thank you !!

  • Coincidentally, just yesterday I was browsing through a bunch of Vogue Knitting issues from the ’90s and 2000s and noticed LOTS of asymmetric and deconstructed-cable designs, from Tom Scott and Oscar de la Renta as well as Mari Lynn Patrick and other virtuoso handknit designers. Ahead of the curve, indeed.

    • Curves do eventually tend to circle back to where they started …

  • Love the way Amanda Carr writes, so breezy and yet so sharp. We’re all spoiled by the offhand wit and the overall quality of the writing on MDK – thanks for recruiting such talented & charming contributors, and for being the kind of blog hosts that they want to work with.

    • Amanda is a really good writer – witty and smart. Do take a look at the blog she co-writes, though London centric, she posts some thought provoking content.

  • Lots of cables as well as textures. I would call some if those pieces vests. They are really beautiful and I would also want to touch then to see how that ruffle was attached and how that bias knit was done.

  • I just love the extra cuff around the elbow – I know the feeling of sleeves being to short, and that would be a great way to remedy the situation! Also – the broderie anglaise is so dreamy – I wish we could knit it!

  • The pompom cape makes me smile. And the hooded cape in the third photo can’t possibly be knit from oversize yarn — that’s rope! I love the ties for the hood with the sailor’s knots at each end. Thank you for this peek into London fashion.

  • Oddly, last night I was thinking of knitting a cape. Great post!

  • Wow these are fabulous, , can’t pick a favourite although I do like the hooded one with cuffs, beautiful.
    This is one type of sculpture I might have a chance of recreating

  • Ooooooh lovely! I love seeing knits in the forefront of fashion. Let’s see….what do I have now that I can start a project with??

  • Obviously representing the minority opinion here, because it all looks like an unwearable waste of yarn to me.

  • Great article and I love your Blog too! The “Cotton” cape/sweater looks like clothesline from my hardware store. I really like the “knit, cut apart, reattach” ideas!!
    Lots of inspiration here too.

  • I shall NEVER TIRE of this sort of thing. Thank you, Amanda!

  • I am so glad you are focusing on the Burberry runway collection of sweaters. I saw the slideshow of his London fashion week show and thougth how imaginative. Now, can some one convince Burberry to offer hand knit patterns of some of those items?????

  • Gorgeous hand-knits! Thanks for sharing!! <3

  • Stunning. Bring on the capes!