Halling the Knits

Halling the Knits

One thing that has been drummed into my head in my few days of vegging out in front of the hotel TV is how the nature of American seasons and the 'coming of fall' is really emphasised in seasonal advertising.  "We have great denim offers for fall."  "Fall is coming, better stock up on school supplies." etc. 

Not that we don't have 'Back to School' offers thrown at us in the UK but autumn as a season isn't really emphasised in the same way.  Like the sucker that I am for TV-brain washing, all this 'Fall' talk has me subliminally reaching out for knits, capes, boots and layers – all the things that I normally adopt for leaf crunching, most people's favourite thing to do during autumn/fall – even if the temperatures outside suggest otherwise.  I think I may have seen more than 50ml of sweat coming off a jogger's forehead the other day as he was trudling by.

This may explain why I picked out the chunkiest Jil Sander knitted top yesterday at the Barney's Warehouse sale and why I'm posting about this debut collection of knitwear by Amy HallYokoo does somewhat own the chunky knitwear game though I have a feeling she may be heading in a slightly unexpected direction as her hugely successful Etsy label probably starts becoming a bit of a mini empire.  Amy Hall is a self-taught knitwear designer who interned at Clare Tough for a bit and as now launched her mini collection of seven pieces that are made in the heart of Dalston and ready to buy straight away.  She's a slightly more expensive prospect that Yokoo's knits though her mix of yarns errs towards the use of silk and mohair and merino wool and her pieces are larger scale too featuring capes, schrugs that can be worn both ways that are heavily built up in texture. 

The names of the pieces – squirrel, possum, fox, mink, beaver, monkey and bunny – are of course animal references without going anyway near the actual animal.  I love that the faux take on animal fur which I saw as a bit of a mini-trend at the LCF BA shows has been taken up as a commercial prospect through Hall's collection.  It will be interesting to see whether Hall builds on top of these initial core designs or where she does seasonal collections like other London-based knitwear designers.  I'd like to see badger, stoat, hare and vole get added to the mix… anthing to recreate Animals of Farthing Wood of course…

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  1. teawithonesugarplease

    2010-09-04 at 2:30 PM

    Ooohhh me likey a lot – hey you getting a lot for your dollars to pounds?

  2. Joy D.

    2010-09-04 at 2:48 PM

    I think that these knots are much softer than Yokoo’s. Like the knit guides created in the 60s and 70s with pictures of what you can make.

  3. Cynthia

    2010-09-04 at 2:49 PM

    I’m not a hat girl, but that one is adorable!
    http://7deadlycyns.blogspot.com/

  4. KD

    2010-09-04 at 3:31 PM

    That hat! Is unbelievably perfect for crisp autumn nights spent around a campfire or when out walking the dog or pretty much anything.

  5. wasparty

    2010-09-04 at 3:35 PM

    That hat is so gorgeous! And I am sure it will keep a girl’s head warm during winter as well 🙂

  6. Leonidas

    2010-09-04 at 3:58 PM

    i love knitwear. pure winter
    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  7. Adelythe

    2010-09-04 at 4:48 PM

    Knitwear is just great ! It’s all my childhood memories (yes, I wasn’t actually happy to wear knitwear, but now I am !)
    Love,
    Adelythe
    http://hummingbird-cocoon.blogspot.com

  8. Make Do Style

    2010-09-04 at 5:05 PM

    Very gorgeous and so loved the Animals of Farthing Wood!!

  9. pink

    2010-09-04 at 5:13 PM

    love it!!
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  10. miss scarlet

    2010-09-04 at 5:23 PM

    the hat is amazing!!!! so cozy….i want one!!!
    miss scarlet
    http://www.cluecult.com

  11. Angelique

    2010-09-04 at 6:03 PM

    this just got me really excited for fall!
    <3

  12. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    2010-09-04 at 6:15 PM

    Gorgeous pieces, I love the chunkiness. The shrug is particularly lovely.

  13. Alfredjbarrera.blogspot.com

    2010-09-04 at 9:05 PM

    I’m a fan.

  14. Melissa

    2010-09-04 at 10:19 PM

    I love the chunky knit. It’s a bit hard to wear without looking super top heavy =/
    http://myblogisyourblogsidol.blogspot.com/

  15. margief

    2010-09-04 at 10:36 PM

    the arm warmers are gorgeous….its getting pretty cold here at night so those would be a welcome addition to my outfits
    margief
    x
    http://www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

  16. pony

    2010-09-05 at 11:25 AM

    the hat is too too too cute! i’m a fiend for chunky knits.

  17. domo.

    2010-09-05 at 1:59 PM

    I see my dream poncho!

  18. FashionLifeCoach

    2010-09-05 at 2:21 PM

    I love the up-coming trend for autumn/winter with chunky knit structures and edgy woolen styles. I would like to share a trend-related blogpost with you guys:
    http://www.fashionlifecoach.com/forecast/faux-bodycon-knitwear/

  19. renee

    2010-09-05 at 3:37 PM

    thats one hell of a designer to look out for…!!!!!love those knit wears..!!!

  20. Chelsey

    2010-09-05 at 4:41 PM

    I die for chunky knits, nothing is better… so cozy, so transitional. I just did an inspiration post so relevant to this. Bambi for RUSSH anyone? ^.~
    http://www.bobachi.blogspot.com/

  21. snappy

    2010-09-05 at 5:54 PM

    These knits are fantastic. The details on the shoulder of the first are really great and I really like the cape. Colors on all are perfect for this upcoming season must have’s. Very snappy.
    snappy x
    http://www.snappylifestyle.blogspot.com

  22. Charlotte

    2010-09-05 at 6:08 PM

    Mmm, wooly knitty knobbly bobbly goodness!
    I am currently obsessed with jumpers! I have never appreciated them so much – I used to see them as annoying things that cover up my meticulously chosen outfit, never seeing them as a potential cornerstone of an outfit themselves. I love to belt my white cable knit with Dad’s old brown leather belts… countryside ahoy!
    Charlotte xx
    http://stylerail.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/thestylerail

  23. Ayanna Michelle

    2010-09-05 at 6:41 PM

    I’m currently dying over knits. I have seen a lot recently with great hem-lines and such. Really making me wanna go there this fall!
    http://quenchfab.blogspot.com

  24. kiss.mequick

    2010-09-05 at 7:18 PM

    I love this. so inspiring.
    xxx kissmequick

  25. escalante blogger

    2010-09-05 at 8:49 PM

    She’s very pretty and I like her outfit.

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    2010-09-06 at 2:12 AM

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    xx

  27. tudza

    2010-09-06 at 10:29 PM

    Hey, you with the hat, button up! It’s cold outside you nit.

  28. Valentine

    2010-09-07 at 12:14 AM

    That is so cool!
    http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com
    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  29. rebel belle vintage

    2010-09-07 at 4:13 AM

    I love these looks, so cozy. I haven’t found a good chunky knit for fall yet… thank you for sharing this!
    xoxo,
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebelbellevintage

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