Hermione Granger

To Frankenstein a Sweater

I apologize for the length of time between my last post and this one. My trusty laptop has stopped functioning, and I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll be able to revive it.

In my last post, I wrote about how to Reverse Engineer a sweater, or more specifically, how to asses the elements that you’ll need to know to reverse engineer a sweater. In my example, I used a sweater worn by Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.  Today, I’m going to write about how to use existing patterns to create a pattern to recreate the sweater of your dreams – or in this case J.K. Rowling’s dreams.

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Reverse Engineering

“I could make that.”

 

How many times have you said that while watching movies where the costuming is heavy on the knitted sweaters, scarves, vests, and gloves?  How many times have you been shushed during a movie when you gleefully point out the beautifully executed sweater during a dramatic scene?  Or how about when you find yourself staring at someone on the subway who is wearing a cardigan with really interesting color work?  Or when you see a winter fashion show with oversize knitwear?  Or maybe you just want to recreate a fabulous sweater you purchased and wore to pieces.

 

Truth:  people have been copying fashion trends for centuries – probably millenniums.  People copy other people’s hairstyles, clothes, mannerisms, shoes, and vocabularies all the time for all of time.  So it is with knitting.  Reverse Engineering is the process of figuring out what steps to take to create a garment or item that copies something you have seen without a pattern.  Coping a written pattern is cheating and against copyright law.  With reverse engineering, you are going to use all of your knitterly know-how to create a garment that looks like the one you see. (more…)