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Designer Spotlight: Hushfall by Joan Forgione

Some knitters like to follow a pattern line for line. Joan Forgione is not one of those knitters. She much prefers designing her own patterns – something she attributes to being “bossy.”

Hushfall is a bold, colorwork cap that Joan designed for her daughter’s boyfriend. The slouchy style hat is knit in three shades of Vintage DK – featuring a section of Fair Isle snowflakes in gray and black on a red background – and topped off with a multi-colored pom-pom.

Hushfall by Joan Forgione
Hushfall by Joan Forgione

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a mother of 3, a full-time middle school English teacher and a part-time knitwear designer. I’ve been knitting for about 30 years, crocheting for about 40 and designing for 10 years. I also self publish under Paper Moon Knits.

How did you come up with this design?

My daughter’s boyfriend had certain specifications as to what hats he liked. When I was done with his hat and gave it to him, my daughter told me she was going to “steal” it from him (because she liked it so much), so I made her one. Then my two teenage sons wanted one each as well. I knew then, that I should probably publish the pattern.

Anything interesting about your design process?

I live within walking/biking distance of a pond, lake, river and sound, so water, and nature in general, is pretty influential to my process. This winter, it’s been unusually cold, so I’ve been designing lots and lots of accessories.

Why did you choose this yarn?

I absolutely love all the Vintage lines. I designed this hat and another hat (which hasn’t been released yet) in Vintage DK and a scarf in Vintage Chunky. It works up really well, has wonderful colors and is machine washable. My local yarn store, The Village Knitter in Babylon, has lots of great colors.

What’s your favorite project you’ve ever made?

My favorite project I ever made was a layette set for my son. He came home from the hospital in a sweater, cap and matching booties — at the end of August in 90-degree weather! I guess it’s my favorite because it was for someone I had just fallen in love with.


Hushfall by Joan Forgione
Hushfall by Joan Forgione

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