Designer Spotlight: Gracie Tank Top & Pantaloons by Tracie Taggart
As a teenager, Tracie Taggart often designed her own clothing – relying on her mom to sew them into reality. Then she started knitting and realized she could do it all herself! After a bit of trial and error, Tracie started producing patterns under her label, PETALKNITS.
The Gracie Tank Top & Pantaloons are just two of the adorable designs from Tracie’s series of classic baby knits. This sweet set is knit in the round – mostly stockinette stitch – with scalloped lace and ribbon detail. It’s a stylish outfit for summer, but the pieces also work well as separates and can be worn as layers in the cold. Tracie used Berroco Comfort for the project, which means you can just throw it in the machine – washer and dryer – when your little one gets messy.
Did you design this for anyone in particular?
I love to design for babies – baby girls, in particular, as I have 3 sons. I love to see babies dressed up in my lacy designs!
How did you choose the yarn?
I wanted something both practical and beautiful. It had to show off the lace and be washable, as well. I kept going back to the Berroco Comfort because it is a great value, has beautiful, classic baby colors and is easy to work with.
What your favorite finished object?
The most rewarding projects that I have worked on have been for orphans. A few years ago, I started a campaign called Operation Lovelink. The goal was to make “chain link” scarves for the children in orphanages, so that the children would know that they are cared for and not alone. I taught free knitting classes, collected supplies (some were donated) and ended up with a number of students in my home. We completed 180 items for an orphanage in Mexico.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
I love to knit because it’s not only a medium for my designs, but it’s also very relaxing to knit each stitch and see the work completed. As a mother, I often find it encouraging that something is completed and stays that way; floors get dirty, laundry always needs doing, but once knitting gets done, it’s done!