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Designer Spotlight: Laurel Hat by Megan Sanders

When Megan Sanders gets some “me time,” she puts on a good TV show and picks up her knitting. Despite being a busy mom of two, Megan describes herself as an avid TV viewer – her Ravelry group is called TV Nerd Knits and she names all of her designs after characters from her favorite shows.Megan’s Laurel Hat is named after Laurel Lance, a modern woman and superhero from the TV show Arrow. The cozy cap is knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and is the first in a six-piece collection. While mostly stockinette, Megan added a section of lace and cables for a touch of femininity.

Laurel Hat by Megan Sanders
Laurel Hat by Megan Sanders

How long have you been knitting?

I’ve been knitting for almost six years. After my husband and I were married and bought our house, he started working nights. I wanted to find something to occupy my time with in the evenings. One morning before work, I stopped in at a big box store, picked up a pair of cheap needles, a skein of yarn and searched for videos online on how to knit. I fell in love with it and have been knitting ever since.

Did you design this hat for anyone in particular?

I had just finished another design, a shawl, and had asked my cousin to model it for me. I wanted to make her a gift and it had to be something that wasn’t very time consuming. I’d been thinking about creating another hat design for a while and figured that I would work on that and she could model both her gift and my shawl design at the same time.

How did you decide on the yarn?

I’m a big fan of Ultra Alpaca. It’s a great quality yarn and very affordable. This design is part of a collection that will feature some pricier hand-dyed yarns, but it can be a struggle for a lot of knitters to afford those prices. I wanted to make sure to showcase some yarns that are easier to attain and make equally gorgeous items.

Any disaster stories?

After knitting my very first adult sweater a couple of years ago, I decided to knit a fitted, top–down sweater. From the cast on to the bind off, I had gone on a diet and lost quite a bit of weight – fifty pounds to be exact. I would try on the sweater as I went, and I kept finding that I needed to decrease more and more. I wasn’t even considering the top of the sweater, just the waist. By the time I was done, I had this incredibly baggy sweater up top and it was super fitted at the bottom. It was a huge mess and I ended up never wearing it.

If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be…?

I would love to knit/design something for a character in a movie. More specifically, a comic book adaptation because I’m a comic book geek. If Witchblade ever gets made into a movie, I would love to knit something for Ian Nottingham’s character.

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