Knitter’s Spotlight: Garden Gate and Ivy by Stephanie Dosen
With her “knitting wands” and whimsy to spare, Stephanie Dosen has whipped up dozens of popular patterns under her design label, Tiny Owl Knits. Everything she makes is uniquely enchanting – a mix of the natural world and something a bit more magical.
Garden Gate and Ivy is one of Stephanie’s newest designs and it’s knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca! The reversible cowl features two different colorwork patterns – a romantic ivy design outside and simple stripes inside. It knits up quickly in the round as a long tube, which is seamed at the end using Kitchener stitch.
Watch our how-to video on Kitchener Stitch.
How did you come up with this design?
I love doing colorwork with two colors and when I saw this yarn at my local yarn shop it just spoke to me! I started it the week I moved back to America. It has a real cozy vibe to me because I was so comforted and relieved at the idea of being back home.
What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made?
My favorite project now is the faerie wings. I had been working for a long time to come up with a way to knit faerie wings that were super easy and wearable. My goal was to knit wings that I could wear while driving my Jeep. I can tell you that these are a success!
Any funny knitting stories?
I used to work at a yarn store in Nashville, TN. I remember once talking to a few women about how it’s really important not to leave your knitting on the couch because someone could sit down and break your wooden needles. Then, I promptly turned around and plopped down on the knitting couch directly onto a customer’s bamboo needles. The crack was heard around the world. It was a $25 lesson.
If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be?
I’d knit a little jumper for my hamster, Hagrid. It would have an “H” on it and look just like the sweater that Harry Potter gets from Ron’s mom at Christmas. Getting it on him would be a different story, though. Maybe I’d just hang it in his closet.
Stephanie was kind enough to offer a free copy of her pattern to one of our readers and we’re throwing in the yarn!
How to Enter: Tell us what you like about Stephanie’s design!
Details: One lucky winner will be picked from the comments and announced in next week’s Knitter’s Spotlight. The winner will have one week to claim the prize. Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to win.