About

Reknit Revolution is a project by designer, maker and researcher Amy Twigger Holroyd.

This site provides resources to support reknitting: the reworking of existing knitted items using knit-based skills, techniques and knowledge.

Amy developed a comprehensive range of treatments that could be used to rework an existing item of knitwear during her doctoral research. These processes might be used to address problems such as holes or stains, issues of fit, or to restyle tired designs. Each treatment is highly flexible in terms of scale, aesthetic and finish.

The treatments are showcased in the Reknit Spectrum, a large-scale installation which forms a key part of Amy’s solo exhibition Units of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition opens from 24 June to 2 September 2017, and will then tour to the Knitting & Stitching Show in London and Harrogate in Autumn 2017.

To coincide with the exhibition, instructions for three key techniques – replace cuff, stitch-hack and cardiganise – are available on this site. They include step-by-step animations, examples of existing projects, instructional videos, guidance on design and top tips.

These instructions are in beta mode; feedback is most welcome! Email comments to amy@keepandshare.co.uk.

You can read more about reknitting in Amy’s newly-published book, Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes (I.B.Tauris, 2017).

In time, this site will grow to include information on more of the Reknit Spectrum. Please check back soon!