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People often ask me where do I get my inspiration. Inspiration comes to me in many shapes and forms. I often find myself inspired by fibers themselves: using different textures, colors, and weights of yarn can create very unexpected results!

Using mohair and silk together is one of my favorite combinations! The sheen of silk and the matte texture of mohair balance each other beautifully. Combining them in a way that uses lace weight and worsted weight yarns gives the piece a very delicate look.

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This is the garment that was published in Vogue Knitting Winter 2006/07. I used worsted weight silk/mohair blend together with the lace weight mohair at the neckline. Later I also tried to invert the pattern and use lace weight yarn for the body and worsted weight yarn for the insert. You can see the result below:

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In both Luxe Knits and Luxe Knits: The Accessories, I combine different weights, fibers, and colors a lot. One of my favorite pieces is the Shawl Sweater:

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Here I combined a variation of different yarns in a fold pattern to give the shawl lightness and drape.

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Try the Fold Pattern yourself and be inspired by fibers just like I am:
You will need: Chunky Weight (CW), Sport Weight (SW), & Lace Weight Yarn (LW), and US 11 needles.

Fold Pattern:
With CW using US 11 needles desired amount of sts.
Hint: CO about 25 sts if you want to turn it into a scarf.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat these two rows once more.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6 (RS): With SW- Slip one stitch pick up a corresponding CO stitch
from behind of work- knit them together- Repeat from * till the end of row.
Space Between the Folds (WS):
With SW work in St St (starting with Purl row) for 6 rows.

Repeat Fold & Space in Between Folds Patterns once more- but pick up corresponding stitches from behind 5 rows below instead of stitches on CO row.

On the third and fourth repeats of the pattern, use LW for Row 6 of the fold & for Space Between the Folds.

If you wish to continue and turn this swatch into a scarf, repeat this pattern till desired length and end with BO on Fold Row 6.

Have fun experimenting! And if you’re interested in learning more about my designs, tell us how you incorporate knitting into your sewing projects for the chance to win your own copy of Luxe Knits, Luxe Knits: The Accessories or the ultimate prize pack of both titles plus your own luxe yarn from ArtYarns to create with! Comments must be posted by 9:30am EST on Friday, April 8th to be eligible.

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~Laura

A native Lithuanian, Laura Zukaite moved to the United States when she was 18. After attending Parsons The New School for Design, Laura has been happily pursuing her career as a sweater designer in New York City. Laura is the author of two books—Luxe Knits and Luxe Knits: The Accessories—that feature her designs made with exceptional yarns and convey her design philosophy.

Also, don’t forget to try your hand at Laura’s Smocking Legwarmers project to whip up your own luxury knitwear!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 04.14 PMby stars

    I learnt to knit about 6 years ago and I really enjoy it. I love lace knitting and knitting with unusual materials and combinations of materials. These patterns are gorgeous!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 04.02 PMby Dydy Dyah

    I have read Laura’s Luxe Knits and very impressed with her designs! Very fashionable with strong theme. I can see she like smocking pattern (like the legwarmers)…and I do too :).

    I knit/crochet lace edgings and flower corsages to clothes and bags.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 03.00 PMby peopleshootinghat

    a soft, small gauge, knitted laced edge. makes any dress or blouse super girly and nicely finished.

    Also, loosely knitting large panels out of wool and felting them in the washing machine produce great unique sturdy fabrics for handbags, appliques and (if you have a knitting machine and lot’s of yarn) it makes the most beautiful jackets!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 02.54 PMby judabra

    As a fellow Lithuanian, I’m proud of Laura’s achievements. Many of us learned the craftsmanship from our mothers and grandmothers, and it’s fantastic to see the skills being passed on, and applied to the realities of modern life. Well-done Laura! Sekmes!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 02.43 PMby rhigrav

    I’ve been a knitter for years and only recently started properly sewing, but I’ve done knitted/crocheted lace and used it as a border or embellishments on tops. I’ve been thinking about knitting up some large pieces of fabric with small needles, then cutting and sewing rather than using shaping

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    Mar 31, 2011, 01.16 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I’m a knitter, sewer and crocheter! Aiming to learn hairpin lace this year too. I think that bolero on the book cover just looks smashing.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 01.00 PMby gfoster

    I am knitting longer than sewing. In fact an knitting a little girls shrug at the moment. Would recommend Debbie Bliss’ yarns & books as well.

    Will be checking out Laura’s books.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 12.22 PMby mwelland

    I was a knitter before I was a sewer. I’ve knit the collars or cuffs, or knit patches as appliques for shirts that I’ve sewn. I’ve also up-cycled sweaters before by chopping up old ones and then sewing and knitting them into scarves and leg warmers or cute shrugs.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 12.04 PMby Teresita Vega

    Hermosos trabajos, con gran creatividad, felicitaciones

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    Mar 31, 2011, 10.13 AMby dare

    I admit it – I’m not a knitter. I learned to crochet this year and although I love the doing I’m not overly inspired by what I’ve created with crochet. But I have lovely knitted sweaters that I would love to replicate and am keen to make the move into knitting.

    I love the texture that comes with knitted garments and I love those smocked legwarmers. Mixing knitted garments with fine sewed details is my wardrobe staple.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 06.59 AMby dewa

    I’ve always loved knitting although I did it rarely but learning to sew recently has made me realize the endless possibilities of combining knits with fabric. I’m currently working on a fur lined knitted cardigan- yippy. The knits in this post are just gorgeous.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 06.26 AMby lauriana

    I do a lot of sewing and, if I may say so myself, I’ve become good at it. I have only done a few knitting projects. I learned knitting many years after I started sewing, so for me, the process of creating a knitted garment is slow. I am thinking about incorporating knitted elements into sewn garments, but I have yet to do so succesfully. I guess I should start simple and make, for example, a jersey top with a voluminous knitted cowl.

    I think the combinations of yarns of various weight as shown in these books is very inspiring and for me, it’s good to see both complex ajour patterns and interesting designs using much more basic stitches.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 06.06 AMby bohemiannow

    Oh how much I love knitting. I used to knit little tube dresses for my barbie doll! You reminded me I have an unfinished project, a perfect sawl to match my new dress…

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    Mar 31, 2011, 06.04 AMby psychorat

    I love both, knitting and sewing. I knit mostly accessoirs, because I just started knitting this winter. My aim is to do clothing this yrear.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 04.13 AMby makurochan

    i haven’t knit much, but i do crochet trims and stuff for my sewing. i’m itching to learn to knit better, and these books would certainly help motivate me!

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    Mar 31, 2011, 12.55 AMby happyseamstress

    I love both knitting and sewing, and these projects look gorgeous! I like combinting knitting and sewing by sewing linings for knitted bags and baskets.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.44 PMby skagit

    With Laura Zukaite’s unique designs and Iris Schreier"s wonderful Artyarns, it’s a “win-win”…this is a perfect marriage for any project, whether it be strictly knitting or a combination of knitting and sewing. I was fortunate enough to take instruction on lining coats and jackets for example…..silk lining was the way to go and when done properly, the garments held their shape and continued to look as good as the day they were finished and I could proudly strut my stuff. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but over the years, I’ve learned not to be shy about saying" Yes, I made it…isn’t it wonderful".

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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.42 PMby lmr

    so far, i don’t do a whole lot of sewing, just a lot of knitting. i really love the idea though of incorporating the 2 together. i am going to keep an eye out for an appealing project idea that will do just that.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.40 PMby tchingchow

    Ooh!! I love combining sewing and knitting. The contrast between the two skills makes me value the product more because it feels like it requires more craftmanship. I’m currently working on a patchwork scarf made from different tones of white yarn which I have knit into obscure shapes using different patterns. Then I will sew the pieces together and incorporate a fringe made of cut fabric. Hopefully it comes out okay…. This preview of Laura Zukaite’s book is definitely inspiring!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.05 PMby Erica Larsen

    I’m pretty new to knitting although I am a fairly experienced seamstress. I’ve never really incorporated the two in one project, but I’d love to gain some new ideas and try it.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 10.11 PMby kittyknits

    I am brand-spanking-new at sewing. I can do basic things…just barely! I was nudged into sewing by my knitting, actually. I wanted to learn how to make a show-through liner to support lace/delicate knit purse overlays.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 08.50 PMby tinapickles

    Knitting rocks—great way to keep hands busy and create beautiful things. I’ve been toying with the idea of using some SW or lighter yarn to make an open weave skirt to go over a large floral patterned vintage fabric I have.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 07.33 PMby madli

    I love my knitting almost as much as my sewing, and like scavengerannie, i like to keep the needles and yarn close when travelling. My favorites are different lace patterns, and I have been contemplating a dress with knit lace instead of fashion fabric (something like McQueen had a few years ago). Usually I just stick to hats, socks and cardis, but most of the time have to have some educational twist – like teaching myself a new technique. It would get boring soon to just knit and purl :)

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.42 PMby ashleyraine

    I’m definitely a better knitter that sewer, but I’m trying to reconstruct a tee shirt I have by cutting out the neck of it and replacing it with a bib-style piece of knitting. Sometimes I also cover up holes in shirts with little knitted designs like flowers.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.32 PMby orchardcity

    Like the previous commenters, I’m also a long-time knitter, and have only recently gotten seriously into sewing. I find myself thinking about curving stitches more than piecing seams, and leaving spaces for knitted panels in pieces of clothing. In the future, I’d like to make some reversible items, one side hand knit and the other sewn fabric.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.29 PMby jessdunstan

    I learnt to knit many years ago but have only ventured into making garments for myself recently. I would love to make some lacy knitted sleeves and collars to use on dresses.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.24 PMby scavengerannie

    I always have a wool project in my handbag for when I’m on the move & can grab any spare moments to get my needles out! I love the combo of knitted or crochet collars & sleeve edges on dresses. Floral is on tend at the moment too so I must make a start on some fancy fibre flowers!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.04 PMby enidb

    As a knitter starting to sew I’d say that I look at the fabrics made by knitting and look at the drape. This translates to a bolt of fabric I look at and imagine how it will drape in a project, and whether it will be the appropriate choice.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 06.02 PMby Whimsymoon

    What absolutely lovely examples! I would love to mix my love of knitting and sewing into some lacy summer jackets. I’ve added bits of knitting as accents here and there on clothes, but have never approached it from the aspect of allowing the sewn part to be the accent to the knitting, such as the collar or button edge.

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    Mar 30, 2011, 05.45 PMby cellarstella

    I love the textural patterns you can create when knitting! I was a knitter before I was a seamstress, and I alternate between sewing and knitting every 6 months or so, depending on projects. These knits could certainly awaken my inner knitter! The only way I’ve combined the two is when I add finishing touches to knits, like sewing in a button band re-enforcement or embellishing a knit item with a fabric detail. I’ve also knit edges onto re-purposed knit fabric.

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