All of the Suffolk Collection ideas have been swirling and percolating for a while now but its time to start making them real if I would like to release the collection next autumn (and I really would!)
I am still in flux about the shawls/scarves I have planned and its been a little while since I designed and made a garment so my creativity is leaning that way at the moment.
I decided to get some ideas swatched out for a cardigan worked in a deep brown chunky wool, this is Knit Picks Wool of The Andes in Chocolate. I have a whole sweaters worth and I am dying to turn it into a warm snuggly cardigan.
My inspiration for this cardigan is ploughing. An image in my mind from my childhood, that I keep coming back to, is the tractors moving over the undulating fields and how that changed the landscape for a few weeks until the crops grew back in.
Keeping the overall theme of undulation in mind, I want two types of cable: one that looks like earth turning over as its ploughed and another that looks a little like a tractor tyre print. I will also be adding serious amounts of waist shaping to the cardigan to keep it flattering even though it is bulky so it will undulate over the hips and bust.
I have done the first sketch and swatch