Designer Spotlight: Baby Showers by Amy Stephens
Amy Stephens plays with yarn like it’s her job, mostly because it is. She actually gets paid to review new yarns for her LYS! And she says it was love at first swatch with Berroco Modern Cotton. In fact, she bought about twenty skeins in different colors when it first went on sale and got to work at her other job – designing.
Amy used her Modern Cotton to make a sweet hat and sweater gift set called Baby Showers. Both items are knit in the round from the top down and feature stripes (only around the yoke of the sweater) that transition into a solid bottom. It won’t take you long to knit this set and it’s easy to customize with different color combos and embellishments. As the name suggests, it could be your go to baby shower gift!
How long have you been knitting?
I have been knitting for 14 years. I taught myself with Melanie Falick’s Kids Knitting book while my oldest daughter was learning to knit in school. We continue to share knitting as one of our favorite activities.
How did you come up with this pattern?
It seems like everyone I know is pregnant, or they know someone who is pregnant and they need a baby shower gift. Baby Showers was designed to fit this need – that’s generally how I design. I love giving gifts and something handmade is always my goal. I designed it to take about two days, hat included! It’s just one size, newborn–3 months.
Any knitting disasters?
It seems like I have made just about every mistake a knitter can make, including knitting a sweater all the way to completion, blocking it – all the while knowing that it was completely wrong – putting the sweater on, crying a little, then ripping the whole thing out!
If you could knit something for anyone in the world, who would it be?
If I could knit something for anyone, it would be for my grandmother, who died when I was five. My mom always says that my ability to make things came directly from her, completely skipping my mother.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
It can be so many different things at once. It can be calming, when I pick up a project that is familiar and easy, it can be creative when I’m designing and it can be challenging when I’m ripping out a lace pattern for the third time, making me want to throw the pattern and project right across the room! Most of all it is satisfying. There’s nothing like making something useful with only two sticks and some string. Picking up those needles for the first time opened up an entire world that I had no idea existed. I have met so many wonderful people and learned so much about myself just through this humble art of knitting.