I don't know if any of you like to knit, or have a knitter in your life, but I have been curious for a long time on how knitted items fit into our style personas, or whether they always scream "homemade."
There are some pretty incredible designers out there, creating things that look as attractive as what you'd find in a department store. Some of the chunky runway knits can be easily recreated at home. I don't always understand the styling, but it's clearly more fashionable than the "granny square" stuff that most people associate with knitting/crochet. Often I see things in stores that I could knit myself, if I had the time. Here is one example of an online magazine with better patterns: http://twistcollective.com/col.....l-patterns
I am a sucker for fine gauge knitted shawls, and particularly love Geada at the top of this page.
Do you think that these items can potentially be very fashionable, polished, or elegant? Or do they, as opposed to the runway-style knits, always look homemade and dowdy? Perhaps color is the issue, as runway knits are often ivory, gray, and black, and knitting patterns usually feature colored knits?