Knitter’s Spotlight: Mitten Pocket Cardi by Loren Cherensky
Loren Cherensky’s first knitting lessons didn’t go so well. She was only five at the time and a lefty, so it was hard for her to learn from her right-handed mother. Loren later got a left-handed friend to teach her, only she ended up knitting righty, anyway! Despite her early confusion, Loren has had a long and successful career as knitwear designer, with many of her patterns appearing in popular knitting magazines and books.
Loren designed the adorable Mitten Pocket Cardi for Knit Simple Fall 2013 (on sale now!). She used Berroco Weekend because of its easy care. The cardigan is embellished with mitten-shaped pockets, which are knit in garter stitch and sewn on. Of course, like any pair of knitted mittens, the design possibilities for these pockets are endless. More experienced knitters might enjoy adding Fair Isle or Intarsia colorwork.
How did you come up with this design?
It was inspired by a picture I saw. It was a girl wearing a sweater and she had her mittened hands on her hips. I drew a sketch (I have to keep a running sketchbook) and designed the pattern.
What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made?
My favorite project is a wool sweater trimmed with rubber tubing! Yes, I knitted the tubing and it was not fun because the rubber likes to stick to the needles. The next day I had little, circular bruises all over my legs. At first, I thought, “What’s that?” Then, I realized that it was marks from pushing the end of the needle against my leg in order to move the tubing! But the results were great.
If you could knit something for anyone in the world who and what would it be?
I would have to say Lady Gaga. I think she would be open enough to wear anything I made for her, but I do think she needs someone to point her in the right direction as far as fashion goes.