Hand-knit your way to a Poncho Scarf for Fall

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Though the first official day of summer has just passed us by, very soon stores will be full of back-to-school goodies for fall. May we suggest making your very own hand-knit poncho scarf using our recently launched video? After sunny days at the pool this summer, spend your summer evenings creating a piece you can wear well into the winter.

The beauty of our most recent video is that though you may have never picked up a knitting needle in the past, you will be able to create a hand-knitted statement piece you can pair with just about anything this fall. In addition, you will learn knitting basics, like yarn weights, corresponding needle sizes and how to hold your needles. You will also learn how to cast-on and bind-off in order to finish off your poncho.

Once you have learned basic knitting techniques and how to create this knitted poncho scarf pattern, you can then apply your skills and stretch your design options. Incorporating both hand-knitted garments as well as cut and sew knits brings variety to a collection and creates a wide variety of garments (at various price points) for merchandisers/buyers to choose from. Take a moment to browse through Ryan Roche‘s Fall 2015 collection. Notice the variety of garments that make up an entire collection.

As a fashion designer, you may have your favorite fabrics to work with and techniques to use. Keep in mind, however, that broadening your knowledge in areas that may not come as easy to you (for example hand-knitting) will certainly benefit you when you decide you would like to incorporate hand-knitted garments into your collection and you need to communicate with a factory in order to produce your vision. And as for our most recent video, not only will you acquire the vocabulary you need to discuss hand-knitting, you will also have all the instruction you need to get a jump start on your fall wardrobe.

Header images: Ryan Roche Fall/Winter 2015 via Style.com

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.