Knitter’s Spotlight: Watermelon Pullover by Gail Pfeifle
When Gail Pfeifle couldn’t find any cute knits for kids, she decided to design her own. Nearly a decade later, she’s come up with dozens of patterns, mostly sweaters, mixing bright colorwork with playful charted designs.
Gail’s latest design, “Watermelon Pullover,” is knit in Vintage DK. It’s a great sweater for a cool summer night or really, anytime of year…especially if you love watermelon. I know, I do! Of course, you can always substitute with Berroco Weekend DK for a lighter feel.
How did you come up with this design?
I’ve been wanting to do a watermelon motif for some time and was actually inspired this spring when I was looking at the Vintage DK yarn colors in Knitwit (my LYS in Portland, ME). I love stripes and put them in just about everything. In this case I think it makes the watermelon design look juicier!
What’s your favorite project?
My favorites are the sweaters I make for the grandchildren, as well as the babies and kids of my many nieces, nephews and friends.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
I love the whole process of designing and knitting. I can spend hours in yarn stores looking at and feeling fibers, and then come home with yarn that does not yet have a project. I also love imagining and sketching designs – and then putting them together with the yarn. When I start a project, the design process continues while I’m knitting. It never turns out exactly as planned. And, I’m one of those people who enjoy putting the project together at the end – and seeing it on the person it was made for.