After nearly half a century knitting and crocheting, it’s fair to say Darla Fanton is something of an expert. She has produced more than 100 designs over the years and is known for reintroducing and popularizing old techniques. Read more
Posts from the ‘designer spotlight’ Category
A self-taught knitwear designer, Alexis Winslow loves garments with stripes, modern colorwork motifs and interesting construction techniques. You can see this bold style in the 20 patterns from her new book, Graphics Knits. Read more
Lissa Snyder knows that designing is a process – sometimes, a very frustrating process. From mismatched pinstripes to a run-in with a hungry kitten, her latest design truly tested her patience. Despite those and other problems, she kept knitting until she got it right. She says it’s now one of her favorites! Read more
An experienced knitter with a professional background in marketing, Bonnie Burton has found her niche in lifelike knitted displays. She started several years ago with a knitted picnic scene aimed to catch shoppers’ eyes as they passed the large front window of Colorful Stitches – a LYS that Bonnie co-owns in Lennox, MA. Thanks to consumer shows and the Internet, it gained attention in the greater knitting community and beyond. Her work is so realistic, several people mistook the knitted sculptures for an actual buffet! Read more
When it comes to pattern writing, Lynn Venghaus is particular about what should be included – end of row stitch counts, yardage for a long-tail cast on, predetermined decreases – the more information, the better. Poorly written patterns are her pet peeve! If you decide to knit one of her designs, you won’t have to worry about it being unclear.
By day, Kam Baker is the artistan behind Everyday Peacocks, a brand of fancy stitch markers and shawls pins that she refers to as “yarn jewelry.” By night, Kam is a multitasking mom of three, often cooking, cleaning and wrangling kids while knitting. She doesn’t have as much time as she’d like to design, but she does a pretty good job with what she’s got! Read more
Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not, they end up in a photo-worthy position! Read more