Patchwork: Convergence of Modern Mosaics


Patchwork Cashmere Blend Knit CardiganPatchwork Cashmere Blend Knit Cardigan

Inspiration in the Details

Once primarily associated with quilting, patchwork has now taken over street style with clothes featuring creative and artistic designs. The Fall 2019 Collection at St. John Knits includes patchwork clothing that brings the ancient textile technique of mosaics into the modern fashion scene.

Inspired by Black Mountain College and the way they interpreted pattern, texture, shape, and color, our patchwork pieces express a playful personality while maintaining the highest quality of modern design and craftsmanship.

Further encouraged by the textile master, Annie Albers, and her groundbreaking method of creating handmade fabrics, our rich patterns feature fine yarns and materials crafted into stunning works of art. We combined our cutting-edge knitting techniques with unparalleled style for sophisticated patchwork clothing with sleek silhouettes and exciting patterns. 

Patchwork in the Designs

Discover an assortment of harmonious patchwork pieces in our Fall 2019 Collection. Find bold and subtle versions of patchwork in this line's seasonal garments and head-to-toe knitwear. We incorporated twill textures, square mosaics, and double knits to create a number of unique patchwork textiles you can't find anywhere else.

Our ribbed patchwork is created by tucking stitches on the front bed while knitting jersey on the back, fashioning a ribbed look that perfectly holds its shape. For textured patchwork, we knit different scales of float stitches for a two-tone, lightweight design – this allows the knit textile’s pattern to stand out for a show-stopping expression. 

Color Blocked Sweater and Skirt

Patchwork Cashmere Hi Lo Pullover

Incorporating Patchwork Clothing

When our contemporary style meets the ancient tradition of patchwork, the result is beautiful fashion pieces, like our military-inspired jackets and bottoms and our graceful ballet wrap tops. For even more square patchwork options, slip into our georgette color block dress, or finish a more subdued ensemble with our checkerboard quilted coat featuring leather trim or our quilted hybrid outerwear coat.

We incorporated our love of the patchwork in our Evening line with gold and silver metallic blocked jacquards and shimmering stitched patterns topped off with beading for extra detail. Choose linear, color-blocked skirts that embody the perfect balance of elegance and playful personality, or get a more relaxed style with luxury leisurewear. Our Sports line features generous silhouettes made by fine merino wool to deliver a sublime patchwork with rich color. 

Styling Tip: When incorporating patchwork into your look, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple to avoid overwhelming the ensemble with too many bold prints. For example, pair one of our color-blocked, pleated skirts with a simple, colored blouse to stand out.

Tap into this season’s trending patchwork look with surprising new expressions in the Fall 2019 Collection at St. John Knits. Explore our full line of patchwork knitted styles in a variety of fabrications and weights for fashion with graphic intrigue that never fails to impress.