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Kika sweater from A to Z

I take the time. Nothing rush me because my products will last. I do not do them for one season but for several. I imagine (and I hope!) that my client will keep her sweater for a long time too. So the concept of delay is no longer the same. In my creative work, it’s the same thing, I take time. I draw dozens or even hundreds of sweaters but I have to make choices, find the preferred sweater … and that is the puzzle and it takes me time!

Color is also a very strong source of inspiration. Thinking about a model is necessarily thinking about its color and that goes rather quickly.

For the Kika sweater, I saw a photo of a Japanese field of pink and yellow flowers in Japan from @ 8nabi and it really made me want to make a sweater in these 2 colors.

        

So, I went to Raphaëlle’s (Cousine haberdashery) and we looked for the right colors of mohair and she knitted a prototype. This prototype supported us in the idea that this model was really beautiful and able us to place the pattern well.

To see the prototype take shape in hand knitting is magic and then it saved a lot of time thereafter and helped the comprehension of the programmer who had to make a computer program for the industrial knitting machine.

Meanwhile, I looked for a quality of yarn that could be knitted industrially and that is suitable for this model. I looked for the finest quality of mohair and wanted 100% natural yarn. Without polyamide. The 70% superkid mohair and 30% silk yarn that I chose is really beautiful. The fibers that make it up are long and very fine, resulting in a very soft, light sweater that will not tend to pilling.

I worked with a small knitting workshop near Venice in which Marzia does “as for her”.

First, we validated knit swatches to choose the gauge, tightening, washing.

Then, thanks to my detailed technical sheet and thanks to the visualization of the hand knitted sweater, Marzia made a prototype which was almost perfect the first time!

        

I made a very small first production that Marzia knitted in September 2019.

You liked this model. It is my best seller. I intend to extend it endlessly and play with the colors for the next winter. For my second production of this sweater, I plan to ask Marzia to tighten the knit a little and adjust the measures a bit because I think the size 0/1 was a little big. I’m thinking about making a size 4/5 because many of you have asked me to. Here !