Knitter’s Spotlight: Suzi Tee by Cheri Christian
Cheri Christian claims her favorite project is always her next one. “I love the creative part, the drawing, starting with nothing and having a great design at the end.” Still, she’s pretty proud of the success of her latest design, Suzi Tee. “It’s been going like gangbusters, so far!”
Cheri, who designs under the name C2Knits, specializes in top-down seamless knitting and designs that are easy to wear. Suzi falls into both these categories. It’s a simple tee with beautiful modern details including ribbed sleeves, a split hem and a fold over collar. It’s a quick knit, too, made with Berroco Elements.
How did you come up with this design?
I do all my designs for myself (that doesn’t sound very nice, but it’s true!). I’m kind of short – ok, really short (4’11”) – so customizing has always mattered to me. Working from the top down is such a great way to make something “perfect.” I decided on the Elements because I was looking for something that would have a wonderful drape, in a gauge that would work up quickly (just in case you need one in every color). Suzi was designed to be a little transitional. It is just as cute layered with a long sleeve tee, so the wool/nylon blend made Elements a perfect choice.
Any knitting disaster stories?
I have so many disaster stories…the process sometimes involves a lot of trial and error. Magnolia (knit in Seduce) involved a few tries to get it right. It may have been tossed about the room a few times, but now that it’s perfect, I just love it.
If you could knit something for anyone, who would it be?
My husband is so incredibly helpful, assisting me with all the “business” stuff, my website, Photoshop etc. I would make him one of those wonderful Fair Isle sweaters. One of these days…
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
Even though it’s business, knitting is still so relaxing. The best part of the day is sitting on the front porch knitting. I have to remind my neighbors that when they see me knitting, I am “working.”
Anything else we should know?
All of my patterns are named after dogs! When I first started designing, I didn’t know how to pick names. I named the first few after my dogs, and friends’ dogs. Then it took off and I have been getting pictures and sweet stories of dogs from all over the world. I have a long list of dog names and a long list of ideas!