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100 Patterns (and counting)

100 Patterns (and counting)

Right Triangle Shawl The Right Triangle Shawl is my 100th published pattern! It’s fun to look back chronologically to see how my focus has changed over the years. Devan I began with baby sweaters when my own baby was little. As he grew, my patterns grew up as well. I began grading the patterns for bigger kids and then departed from children altogether when I started submitting to other publications. Entrelac Mittens That fateful day when I decided to answer a call for submission was really read more

A Tempestuous Year

A Tempestuous Year

What an exhilarating ride this has been. It was about 11 months ago* that I conceived of the idea of working on a book with Felicia, featuring SweetGeorgia Yarns. Every step of the way was more work than I thought it would be, but I have absolutely no regrets and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! I swatched ideas and drew designs for a couple of months. Then we had several meetings deciding on just the right collection of patterns that would communicate a cohesive story of blustery ocean waves and how we shelter ourselves read more

Inspiration for Philodendron

Inspiration for Philodendron

Teen television dramas are one of my guilty pleasures. I also love watching period dramas, in part for the costumes and the knitwear designs they inspire. Reign, a show that focuses on Mary, Queen of Scots’ marriage to the Dauphin of France, offers the best of both of my TV watching passions. Even though the costumes aren’t completely true to the mid-16th century, they’re still fun to look at. In one episode, Mary wore an ornately embellished doublet that caught my eye. With my trusty cell phone I snapped a few pictures and stored read more

Podcast Interview

Podcast Interview

Have you heard about The SweetGeorgia Show yet? It’s a new podcast and I’m interviewed in Episode 005! Do check out the podcast. It’s the brainchild of Felicia Lo, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns. I’m looking forward to hearing more of Felicia’s conversations with various people in the fibre industry. So far she’s interviewed a yarn shop owner in Paris, knitwear designers, a pattern distributor, a tech editor and master sock guru and they have all been really interesting. They run about 25 or 30 minutes—perfect for your commute or knitting time. read more

Garter Stitch Cap

Garter Stitch Cap

It’s a guy thing! The most recent issue of Knit Simple magazine has a section on knitting for the men in your life and my Garter Stitch Cap design is the first one featured. I love using stripes when designing with garter stitch. They’re just so stripey and textured and provide such a strong visual line. It’s always a surprise to see what the yarn editor at the magazine sends me to work with. I was pleased that it was Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe because … those colours—a gradient of teal! read more

Diagonal Eyelet Scarf

Diagonal Eyelet Scarf

Looking for some light and lacy summer knitting?  I have a design in the spring/summer issue of Noro Knitting Magazine which was released earlier this month. The Diagonal Eyelet Scarf was originally inspired by the ceinture fléchée, a part of the French Canadian voyageurs’ traditional costume. My fellow Canadians, do you remember learning about this in social studies in school? The scarf is knit in Kibou, a cotton/wool/silk blend which is part of the Noro family and comes in scrumptious colours. Diagonal Eyelet Scarf Publication: Noro Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015 read more

Weft

Weft

Even though it’s not cozy sweater season right now, it is the perfect time to start thinking about a sweater project so it’s ready to wear when the leaves start blowing off the trees in a few months. Weft appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Twist Collective. The sweater was just returned to me this past week and now I remember again how much I love it! Weft calls for read more

#tempestknit

#tempestknit

I’ve been hard at work this year collaborating with Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns on a book! Tempest is a collection of 11 patterns, all designed by me with SweetGeorgia Yarns. We’re releasing it in a few days, just in time for Knit City. In the meantime, I’ve been leaking snapshots of the projects for the past several months on Instagram and Twitter. Follow the hashtag #tempestknit to take a look at read more

Short-Row Stripes Blanket

Short-Row Stripes Blanket

I love how short rows can create undulating lines when worked in stripes; it’s fun to design using short rows. I have a blanket pattern in the spring issue of Knit Simple that makes great use out of short rows. The Short Rows Stripes Blanket is worked in six analagous colours in light and dark tones with a seventh contrasting colour that pops. While there are a lot of colours, only one colour is used at a time. Bonus, while working the applied i-cord edging it’s really easy to hide all the ends inside the i-cord read more

Gumdrops Mittens

Gumdrops Mittens

Day seven of new pattern releases. For the first eight days of November we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. Check back often to see more. Goody, goody gumdrops – the polka dots on these cozy mittens are such fun. Go crazy with colour here and knit every row of gumdrops a different color, or be subtle with tone on tone. There is a size for everyone: babies to grandpas. Instructions for both traditional mittens and fingerless gloves are included. I had such fun playing with different weights of yarn and this stitch pattern. My favourite combination is a read more