Stripe Design Inspiration

June 1, 2014

Hello there! Hope you’ve been having a lovely week, I have been ever-so-busy with my day job, but of course I still found time to knit! The Tuk-Tuk purses are coming along nicely! They are knitted and blocked, I’m hoping to sew them together through the week and showcase them next weekend!

Last weekend I also spent some time on my course work (for my Hand knit Textile Design course). I am using some of my photos for stripe design inspiration. I want to show you how you can choose one of your own photos to inspire you to design and create something.

I have a lovely office I create my mess in, but for this you need as much natural light as possible, so I moved into the living room.


This was taken a dusk so the light is beginning to fade but I have a wall of windows and a skylight in our living space, so it is perfect for choosing colours! I am one for working in a ‘little’ (some would say a lot) mess and I love having all the colours and pictures surrounding me…


The yarns were even over-flowing onto the floor!


I looked through my photos and selected which ones to inspire me. This one was taken in Nilaveli, which is in the North East of the Island, near Trincomalee, a beautiful beach. The sand was so fine it reminded me of fairy dust.

As you can see, I selected the yarns from the colours in the picture, for this one I decided to go with a simple one yarn stripe.


And here is the finished piece!


I’m really happy with this design. A one stripe colour design is a lovely simple way to start out designing your own stripes from the inspiration around you.


The next photo I chose was of bamboo against a mottled wall, which I took along the road I live, Lake Drive.


I selected the yarns and this time I wanted to try out some yarn wraps first. This is where you cut out a rectangle of cardboard – 4cm x 12cm ( 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) and start wrapping the yarn round to try out different stripe combinations and widths. (which is much quicker then trying it out by knitting!!)


Here is my first one, but too much light yarn was my thoughts…


Next attempt I wasn’t keen on the dark green stripes, un-ravel, try again…


I was liking this one…


I decided to add a little brown also to tone down the light yarn a little.


Here is the finished sample, I changed the stripe layout a little whilst I was knitting as I added an extra narrow band. it was quite strange to work with such thick yarn and reminds me a little of a rug! I used a combination of moss (seed) stitch, garter and stocking for this one.


My third photograph I choose was a picture I’d taken at Jenolan Caves in Australia, I love how they use different coloured lights to illuminate the caves.


I picked out the colours from the photo and started wrapping….


The first wrap I tried I wasn’t sure on all the colours being used, I decided to focus on the orange colour and add accents to that.


The ground of the orange and yellow yarn.


I like the addition of the pink!


Tried the blue in one place….


Then tried it next to the pink instead. I really like this combination. Now to knit it up! Unfortunately I did not have very much of the orange yarn so had to knit a small sample.


I would like to try a blue based one too, maybe with the colours ‘reversed’ so the blue is the base with accents of orange…

I hope this has shown you how you can design your own stripes too from the pictures you’ve taken, the stripe doesn’t have to be a representation of the picture, purely a start for inspiration.

Why don’t you have a look through your yarn stash this weekend, choose a photo and play with stripes?

Last week I mentioned I would be making a recipe for a ‘perfect for one or two’ Carrot and Banana cake, just to let you know, it’s now available, and tastes delicious! I’m going to be making another one for me tonight. I realised that it is a perfect size for my home too, and also means I eat slightly less cake per piece!


Hope you have a lovely week and play with some stripes!

Take care,

Rebecca x




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