I recently worked on a knitting project in London and while I was there the term “Stitch-Hacking” came up. Upon further research I discovered that “Stitch-Hacking” and “Pattern-Blagging” were terms used by Amy Twigger Holroyd to describe her techniques for modifying patterns in existing knitted garments.
Stitch-Hacking: the laddering and reconfiguration of stitches in an existing knitted garment
Pattern-Blagging: the modification of an existing knitting or crochet pattern to create a personalised item
The techniques are used to adapt existing garments and patterns to include personalised content. On a conceptual level, these pieces explore authorship and ownership; on a personal level, they allow me to put something of myself into my wardrobe.