Crochet Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Crochet Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Crochet Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Crocheted Cardigan Patterns I love

A quick round up of just a few of my favourite cardigan patterns in August 2020. Click on the designer’s name to go to their Ravelry.com store or on the image for that pattern to go to the pattern page on Ravelry.

The Curious Case of the Crazy-Stitch Cardigan

by Michele DuNaier

Michele says this can be made to any size, so doesn’t quote a size range and is part of an ebook collection which is great value. It’s crocheted with DK weight yarn and very adaptable in terms of fit/size.

The Curious Case of the Crazy-Stitch Cardigan

Everyday Cardigan

by Jennifer Pionk

This is a great basic cardigan to wrap yourself in while you’re lounging around the house or running errands. It uses Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or similar heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn, 6.5mm/7mm hooks for a quick and easy project.

everyday cardigan, in Crochet Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Lil Denim Cardi

by Ashleigh Kiser

Crocheted with Lion Brand Jeans, which sounds like it could be similar to Stylecraft’s Jeanie Aran yarn, this is an affordable yet stylish piece for every day. Sized XS to 3XL and it looks like it would be easy to upsize.

Lil Denim cardigan

Conch Cardigan

by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

I liked the dolman sleeves and casual shape of this one, I can see my friend Helen loving it and it might even talk her into doing some crochet. Sizing is based on the high hip measurement (where the bone is either side of your tummy) and runs from 30-55″. It’s fingering weight yarn which gives it an amazing drape, I really like this one.

Conch Cardigan

Crocheted Goshen Jacket

by Doris Chan

I couldn’t talk about crochet cardigans without including Doris Chan, who I absolutely love. This one is made from a series of motifs and joined together for an interesting shape.

Goshen Jacket

Soft Serve

by Doris Chan

I couldn’t resist this one, I’ve made two for my Mum (who loves them to bits) and one for myself, so easy to crochet, great pattern and fantastic result every time.

Soft Serve cardigan

The Granite Cape

by Stephanie Jessica Lau

This is a fast project, Aran yarn on 6.5 and 7mm hooks. I’d use Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease or Heartland.

the granite cape

Candelaria

by Nomad Stitches

I almost included this in the knit collection when I look at patterns yesterday but when I looked again, I realised it was crochet and loved it even more. 4ply/fingering weight yarn, 3.5mm hook and with a wonderful drape, a great way to use up washable sock yarns.

candelaria cardigan

Sandbar Cardi

by Toni Lipsey

Crocheted with Lion Brand Worsted Cotton, this is made bottom up and seamed for structure. Sized from S to 3XL.

Sandbar Cardi

Cobalt Cardi

by Lisa Gentry

I thought this was pretty for a summer’s day, sized S to 2XL using DK yarn.

Crochet Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020 Cobalt Cardi

Aster Overlay

by Michele DuNaier

Michele says it can be made in any size and it lists S to 4XL, using 4ply/Fingering weight yarn and a 4mm hook it’ll have fabulous drape. Lady Mary would love it.

Aster Overlay

Janelle

by Dora Ohrenstein

Worked top down, using sport weight yarn and a 5.5mm hook, this cardigan has fabulous drape. I’d use some Lanas Stop Bambini in Linen for a neutral cardigan.

Janelle cardi

Serge

by Donna Yacino

This pattern is free, sized from 36-56″ bust/chest and I really like the stitch pattern, simple yet effective. Drop sleeves, worked flat and bottom up. I like this denim colour, very easy to wear with jeans or a pretty dress.

Serge cardi

I hope you like this latest round up of some of my many, many favourites and find something that you love as much as I do.

Loraine

Knit Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Knit Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Knitted Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020

Knitted Cardigan Patterns I love

A round of a few of my favourite cardigans on Ravelry for August 2020.

Cardiflower

by Amy Gunderson

This piece is knit almost seamlessly from the top down though it does have some cute pockets. You could opt to remove the pockets for an entirely seamless sweater. But if you do choose to add the pockets, you could have a lot of fun with a contrast lining that peeks out from behind the lace detail in front.

Cardiflower is a pretty and quick knit option, with cropped sleeves and a slightly cropped body, perfect for layering. It has gentle A line shaping for a little extra movement and those of us with wider hips than our bust line. Size 33″ to 67″ chest/bust.

Cardiflower

Siena

by Shellie Anderson

Siena

Embrace minimalism with Siena, a lightweight cardigan with dolman sleeves. Airy construction pairs with an iconic silhouette for a quick-to-knit sweater you’ll want to wear every day. The cardigan uses DK weight yarn and my only negative is that sizing stops at 48″ chest/bust, so larger ladies will miss out or have to adapt the pattern to fit them.

Bishops Park

by Kathryn Folkerth

Bishops Park

The cabled lace front and collar of Bishops Park is completely reversible. For the sweater’s this means two things according to the designer and in her own words:

1) There is no unfortunate backside you need to try and hide–no need to carefully fold so that the collar lays just right in order to hide any part of the wrong side.

2) There isn’t a true wrong side. You decide which side you would like facing out. Knit side? Purl side? It doesn’t matter–It’s a no fuss garment.

Sized 33″ to 60″ chest/bust.

November Cardi

by Jenise Hope

This one is fingering/4ply weight, but has the little details that are often missed in a loose or wrap cardigan, such as actual waist shaping, a good sleeve shape that will suit ample arms and slim arms. I really like this one, the thought of using 2mm needles has me fainting, but I’d probably use a 3.5mm needle and work a different size depending on my gauge/tension. It’s sized at the hip measurement, not the bust/chest and the range is from 30″ to 54″.

November Cardi

Nezinscot Cardigan

by Alicia Plummer

The collection wouldn’t be complete without a design from Alicia Plummer, it was hard to choose as I am knitting a Campside Cardi at the moment, but I went for Nezinscott, which looks like a fun knit. Worked top down with pretty slipped stitch colourwork details and sized from 34″ to 51″ bust/chest. I’m sure Alicia will add sizes to this as she works through her range to make them more size-inclusive, so keep an eye out.

Nezinscot Cardigan

Nidden

by Norah Gaughan

This one is worsted weight, in a cotton/linen/flax blend, very pretty lace details and light for Summer/Autumn. Sized from 16″ to 28″ back width (measured at the bustline). It’s worked bottom up, the fronts then form the collar joining at the back neck and are also the top of the back part of the cardigan. It’s clever and I’d love to knit this.

Nidden Cardi

Ballou

by Melissa Schaschwary

I do love a fingering/4ply weight cardigan knitting with larger needles, it uses very little yarn in terms of weight but gives a fabulous drape to the fabric. It’s worked top down without buttons so no faffing about afterwards as it’s designed to be worn open. Sized from 27.5″ to 48.5″ bust/chest. Some have added decorative buttons which is a nice touch, but they are just for show.

Ballou

Leaflet

by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

I knitted this in some purple Araucania Nature Wool and I absolutely love it. I did, however, make long sleeves for mine. Sized in 31″ to 51″ bust/chest but very easy to adapt as it’s a basic raglan shape.

Leaflet Cardi

Vitamin D

by Heidi Kirrmaier

I like the waterfall front on this one, but ladies with larger busts, do try on something similar before making to ensure the waterfall doesn’t accentuate your bust if you’re someone who wants to minimize it. It’s a very easy knit, great pattern and so pretty. Sized from 31 to 51″ bust/chest but it’s open front and if the back fits you, you’re golden.

Vitamin D cardigan

French Kiss

by Anne B Hanssen

This one is fingering weight/4ply and sized from 34″ to 46″ bust/chest. Very pretty front details which gives some flexibility and great to cover a larger bust, choose a size to fit your back, as the gathers at the front shoulders are very flattering.

French Kiss Cardi

Katie Did Cardigan

by Afifa

This one is worsted weight but looks light and airy, it’s sized 42″ to 54″ bust/chest. It features a dramatic peaked hem and a lacy border, you’ll stop traffic in this one.

What Katie Did Cardigan

Snoqualmie

by Michele Wang

Bulky yarn, squishy cables and oversized. I’ve made this and then lost weight so mine is enormouse, but I will reknit in a smaller size because I loved it so much. Sized 39″ to 54″ approx and worn oversized, I’d make either the smallest or second size next time as I like a slimmer fit. The cables are amazing and the pattern very well written.

Snoqualmie

Norrland

by Laura Chau

Worsted/DK weight, sized from 34″ to 59″ chest/bust and I love the fronts overlapping and the delicious cable pattern on the fronts and sleeves. Laura looks amazing in this colour.

Norrland Cardigan

Freeport Cardigan

by Tian Connaughton

Sized from 32″ to 50″ bust/chest, this pretty cardigan has neat cables and a large collar. It’s worked bottom up in Worsted/DK weight yarn.

Freeport Cardigan

Wrekin

by Nidhi Kansal

Another beauty from Nidhi, I love this cardigan, pretty details and such a classic. It’s knitted with sport weight yarn with 0-2″ of ease. Sized from 28-54″ bust. There are some short rows and cables but most of the body is an easy relaxing knit.

Knit Cardigan Patterns I love August 2020 Wrekin Cardigan

I hope you like this latest round up of some of my many, many favourites and find something that you love as much as I do. I’ll be doing a round of up of some of my crochet favourites tomorrow, so do have a look.

Loraine

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer

We were delighted to welcome Alicia Plummer @aliciaplums to our Facebook Live session on 19th July 2020 to chat about her Campside KAL (knit along).

What is the Campside KAL all about?

Alicia designed her Campside Shawl the year her Dad passed away, it was very much linked to her grief and the eyelet represents tears of grief and raindrops in a storm. She’s added a number of designs to the Campside collection and shows us the newest shawl design in the video linked below.

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer 1
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/campside

The Campside KAL or knit along starts on 1st August in Alicia’s Ravelry group or you can follow along on https://instagram.com/aliciaplums

I’ll be knitting the Campside Cardigan and Emma will be knitting the Campside Sweater (the raglan version, not the Campside Drop version). Emma is making a sweater for her mum using some gorgeous pink yarn and I’ll be making a cardigan for myself (selfish knitter) and I haven’t decided on colour yet. You can see the range of patterns here on Ravelry.

Alicia says “Hello All!

This summer’s annual Campside KAL 2020 Knitalong is almost here! It kicks off August 1st, at 8 pm EST and wraps up (pun intended) September 19th at 8 pm EST.”

To help get you ready, all eligible patterns are 25% off until August 1st with the code campside2020.

Watch the interview about the Campside KAL here and after we’ve chatted to Alicia Plummer we look at some of her designs and talk yarn choices.

Interview with Alicia Plummer about her Campside KAL 2020

For Alicia, it was clear to us, that yarn and knitting is an emotional connection to an event or how life is going at the time. Campside is an interesting example of how we feel informs our yarn choice, the colours we knit with and the end design.

I’m planning to knit a Campside Cardi, however, I am also tempted by the raglan version of the Campside Pullover, I don’t really do drop sleeves as they don’t work well with my body shape. I thought I had chosen my yarn until an accidental trip to the LYS in our town’s Market Hall led to be seeing Stylecraft’s new yarn Highland Heathers. It took me a while to pick my colour but I chose Gorse, a rich heathery green/yellow mix and I LOVE IT.

It’s a DK weight yarn and to get gauge/tension I’d need to use a 5.5mm needle for the cardigan. I have, after swatching with 5mm and 5.5mm decided to go with a larger size but using the smaller needles. I much prefer the resulting fabric and I think it’ll wear better over the longer term.

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer 2
Alicia Plummer wearing her Campside Cardi

I’m planning a few mods which I’ll need to work out carefully, for example, I would like to increase a few times on each front for boob coverage and also make a deeper collar so that covers the lower body a little rather than a large gap in the middle that screams BELLY at everyone I walk past.

I need to work to the stitch counts for a larger size and make sure the charts will still line up and the pattern for the lower body work the way I want it too. It’s an easy enough set of calculations to do and I’m sure it’ll be fabulous.

I phoned Pat at our LYS to ask her to put the rest of the yarn I need to one side and I’ll collect that on Friday next week, unless I need it before, lol. In which case I’ll need to drive into town and sort that out.

Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co Interview Gift A-long 2019

Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co Interview Gift A-long 2019

Fiona Langtry Re-Ve Design Co, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to a good friend of mine, Fiona Langtry of Re-Ve Design Co

Hi!  I’m Fiona (known as “Fi”).  I design crochet patterns for women, inspired by boho-chic styling.  I love styles that are colourful, comfortable and stylish, and you’ll often find that I use a hook that is larger than what is suggested for the yarn!

Shell B Mine Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Shell B Mine Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

 

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you? 

My 2 grandmothers were both wonderful knitters and crocheters, yet I don’t know exactly who taught me to knit.  I remember my paternal Grandmother, Ruth, trying to teach me to crochet when I was around 10, but it really didn’t “take”. Knitting was my preference, and it stayed that way until I was in my 40s!

I help run a craft group attached to my church each week, and one of our ladies arrived, asking for help to crochet flowers for brooches.  She showed us what to do and I took them home to continue making… and haven’t really stopped crocheting ever since!   

What made you want to start designing?

Not so much “want”, but I never really loved following a pattern exactly!  When I discovered that I had created a beanie that liked to wear, I figured other people might like the pattern, so I wrote it down, got it Tech Edited, and published.

Re-V Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Re-V Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The responses from people when they successfully complete a project using one of my patterns! 

If they’re also learning new stitches or techniques, they’ll often exclaim that they wish they’d learnt it 30 years ago (or something).

What inspires you?

The yarn.  It is always the driving force towards a pattern.  I will often start creating, without any real plan of the final result, but the YARN is the guide.  Sometimes, it’s the way the colors work; sometimes, it’s the texture or just what I’m in the mood for. 

Desert Dreams Poncho by Fiona Langtry

Desert Dreams Poncho by Fiona Langtry

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I am a part-time worker, part-time mother & wife, and part-time designer.
Usually, if I’m crocheting (in the car, in my chair, in a waiting room, wherever), it’s a new design or a test make that’s on my hook… The beauty of crochet is that it’s so portable; but I’ll often have to start a NEW project for traveling with, if my main project has gotten too large.

Comfy Cuff Socks by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Comfy Cuff Socks by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I’d have to say gloves.  I went through a big poncho & cape stage in 2016, and 2019’s best-selling pattern is a poncho, BUT I still like sitting down and making gloves – fingerless, fingered, whichever; they’re something beautiful that I’ve enjoyed making for many years. 
Fine EasyFit FingerTip Gloves by Fiona Langtry  ReVe Design Co

Fine EasyFit FingerTip Gloves by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

For me, not really… nor do I have much NEED for myself.  It doesn’t get that cold here (rarely snows), nor do I have many places to wear beautiful things.
For gifts, not really, either – most of my family have expressed a distaste for crocheted items.

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

The fact that they spent the TIME to make it for me – I know how long crafting takes!
Fanfare Delight Cowl by Fiona Langtry  Published in ReVe Design Co

Fanfare Delight Cowl by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Hmmm, now that is really hard!  It really depends on what I’m making! 
I love using Malabrigo yarns, because they’re so smooth and never split.  But Bendigo Woollen Mills’ cottons are amazing for their drape, colors and softness. I also love working with Crafty Housewife Yarns, Blackwattle Alpaca yarns, and almost anything I can get that is hand spun and/or hand dyed.

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

The “Valley Beanie” ties with my “EasyFit Mitts” for first place – I love making both these designs, and I also wear them both! 

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

My most recent pattern release is Nessa’s Choice Mitts/Mittens. 

Using chunky yarn, these are a really quick make, and the textures within them make them an interesting item to create, too!   The pattern was named after a lady called Nessa, who chose a pair of these gloves from a stack of about 20 pairs that I took to a business meeting.

Nessa's Choice Mitts by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Nessa’s Choice Mitts by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

What’s your favourite colour?

For years, I said Burgundy, but it’s been moving more towards Teal nowadays!

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

This is my 2nd GAL. I only heard about the Gift-a-long last year, and jumped right in!  I even earned an Opadoo making other peoples’ designs! 

I love that it’s an open opportunity for hundreds of designers to collectively engage with crafters, get to know what people really like making, and also get to know the crafters themselves!

Valley Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Valley Beanie by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

Every designer in the Gift A Long deserves praise!  I mean, to have twenty original designs is a major achievement!  I am inspired by almost every other design I see; I can’t choose just one.
This year, I’m making a creepy pillow by Darleen Hopkins, a shawl by Margo Bauman… probably more that I haven’t found / chosen yet.

Orchid Vest by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

Orchid Vest by Fiona Langtry ReVe Design Co

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Ranee Mueller of Arabian Knits Designs Interview Gift A-long 2019

Ranee Mueller of Arabian Knits Designs Interview Gift A-long 2019

Ranee Mueller Arabian Knits, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting to a good friend of mine, Ranée Mueller of Arabian Knits.

Hello there! If you don’t know me already, I am Ranée Mueller of Arabian Knits. I’ve been officially designing since 2004. However, I kind of fell into it. First I modified patterns I had, then I thought about how a certain stitch pattern might look on a certain item, and it went from there. My designs are largely aimed at busy people who like interesting texture and construction, who also want to make something beautiful in their spare time. My business name comes both from my Saudi heritage and my sense that designing tells a story and that the knitters who make my designs are adding their own story to the one I share in the pattern. I began knitting over 33 years ago, and love cables, texture and lace especially. My patterns are a kind of east meets west, with Middle Eastern aesthetic and design elements applied to western accessories and garments.

Logos Mittens by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Logos Mittens by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you? 

My mother taught me to knit while my teachers were on strike when I was in the 5th grade. In what was my first introduction to homeschooling (we homeschool our children, and have graduated two of our kids already), my mother, a graduate student at the time, taught me fractions, how to cast on, knit and purl, and then set me loose in the juvenile section of the graduate school library while she went to class. She didn’t remember how to bind off, but there was a fellow student who was a knitter who helped me with that. Everything else was trial and error, books from the library, and magazines later. I made a lot of messes and mistakes (Who knew you needed to change yarn position from knit to purl and back in the same row? I didn’t.), didn’t finish anything for about six or seven years, and somewhere is a long tube of ugliness that was a mishmash of people’s discarded and unwanted yarn. Having children is what spurred me to pick up my knitting again, and the internet boom in patterns and knitting technique helped me as well.

Beatitude by Ranee Mueller  Arabian Knits

Beatitude by Ranee Mueller Arabian Knits

What made you want to start designing?

Curiosity, really, and a desire to make things to fit, or to see how this change would affect the end result. Perhaps there was a simple shape or basic piece that I thought would be interesting with a new stitch pattern or different color progression.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

Solving problems to make the final shape or concept work, both for the design and for the end user of the pattern. I see my role as finding ways to simplify the complicated parts so that they are easy to execute.

Haboob by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Haboob by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

What inspires you?

Middle Eastern art, architecture and stories, nature, figures and events from my faith, but even things like the design on a shower curtain have spurred a design idea or process.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I am a full time wife and mother and part time designer. Knitting is easy to fit into time waiting or while listening to lessons or trying not to stress out while the kids are learning to drive. I keep my design notebook with me all the time and scribble or sketch an idea, write out what I think I want to do with it, and then come back to it as I can. Most of my serious work, the technical writing and editing, photography and editing, and so on, happens while the kids are otherwise occupied or at night.

Harmattan by Ranée Mueller  Arabian Knits

Harmattan by Ranée Arabian Knits

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

It’s hard to narrow down, but probably accessories. They are quick to make and fun. However, I have designed a couple garments, and I have plans for more in the near future. One of the areas I am interested in is men’s wear and garments. I try to design things for the boys and men in our family, as well as thinking of ways that pieces can work for men or women.

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

I used to do a lot of gift knitting, but now it is largely for my immediate family and my designs. Some samples become gifts for others. My husband and kids appreciate and use my knits the best, but babies, close friends and a few members of our extended family get gifts as well.

Mariam by Ranée Mueller  Arabian Knits

Mariam by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

Item or aspect? I think in terms of item, probably a shawl or a scarf. However, the best part of a knit or crocheted item is that I know how much thought and work goes into it.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Whatever I am working with currently! I love sport to DK weight yarn the best, and natural fibers. Except for socks and such, I tend to use fingering weight for shawls, but for other items, especially garments, I like sport and DK because they are not too heavy, but also come together quickly. Cotton and linen are hard on my hands, so I tend to use those in blends.

Tutabaq by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Tutabaq by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

Hmmm. My favorite design is probably Amira because it is flattering to just about any body shape (sized from 28 inches to 54 inches).

Amira by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Amira by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

Khamseen is a large shawl, which I love, and was one of my designs inspired by the Trade Winds and named winds of the Middle East and North Africa. The word means 50 and the wind is named that for the number of days it blows. When designing it, I planned to use a border pattern that would repeat 50 times. However, as I was planning my year of patterns, I realized that it would be coming out around when my 50th pattern on Ravelry was, so I made sure to time it to be my 50th pattern. Unknowingly, though, the number of stripes needed to get to the right stitch count for the border was exactly 50. That delighted me.

What’s your favourite colour?

Red! But really vibrant and jewel colors of all kinds.

Rabi by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Rabi by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

This is my fourth year as a participating designer, and the first thing I found was that I wasn’t doing my work alone. It gave me colleagues in what can often be a solitary and lonely effort. It gave me a sense of camaraderie among both my fellow designers and my customers. Practically speaking, it also gives me a chance to knit on projects that aren’t simply design samples or work. It is a fun time for me to work on other designers’ patterns each year.

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

There are so many, and I feel like I am slighting people by leaving them off this list, but I will limit it to two.

Jenise Hope, who makes such lovely patterns and is such a smart designer and business woman, especially for her young age. She was homeschooled and went to fashion school and applies her fashion education to knitwear in creative ways, while being quite a business woman, balancing her family and work beautifully. Many of her designs apply fascinating construction as well as keeping in mind differing body shapes.

Linette Grayum, who designs both knit and crochet patterns while also homeschooling her son and traveling around the country with her son and husband in an RV. She essentially sets up and runs a home every place they stop. She is inspired by nature, and you really see it in her work. Her designs are interesting to make, not just beautiful.

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

Blog: My blog has been neglected, but I have plans to resurrect it this year – http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/
Monthly Newsletter, 1,001 Knits: http://eepurl.com/cF0Vbj
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArabianKnitsDesigns/
Ravelry pattern store: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ranee-mueller
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arabianknits/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Arabianknits

Gifts of the Magi by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

Gifts of the Magi by Ranée Mueller Arabian Knits

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Cheryl Chow Interview Gift A-long 2019

Cheryl Chow Interview Gift A-long 2019

Cheryl Chow, Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview

Today we’re chatting with a good friend of mine, Cheryl Chow who is a knit and crochet designer taking part in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long.  

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you? 

My mom taught me to crochet and then knit when I was a teenager. Knitting was a real struggle for me … plastic needles, acrylic yarn, and sweaty hands don’t play well together! For the first few years I mostly crocheted but in college I got the hang of knitting and knit for most of my adult life until recently when I started to crochet again.

Fosen Shawl Cheryl Chow

Fosen Shawl Cheryl Chow

What made you want to start designing?

I started off designing free patterns for charity. I was a stay at home mom whose kids were in school and I wanted to do something to give back. When Ravelry started to allow patterns to be sold on their site I created a few patterns for sale to help fund my yarn habit. Designing just took off from there.
What’s your favourite part of the design process?

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The math is what excites me the most about pattern writing. I just can’t wait to start a new spreadsheet and start all the calculations. I love the challenge of making the numbers work. I also love the knitting/crocheting too. Being able to touch the yarn and work it into something practical makes my day.

Strolling Cardigan Cheryl Chow

Strolling Cardigan Cheryl Chow

What inspires you?

I love the outdoors and grew up hiking, camping, and backpacking with my family. Many of my designs are green/blue and have leaf motifs. My friends give me a hard time … “not another green project”! Another influence is the Japanese culture. Their eye for balance and color is probably the most beautiful of any culture I’ve experienced.

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

I don’t have a favourite thing to design. I like all the things and get bored easily with doing too much of the same.

Strand Up Hat Cheryl Chow

Strand Up Hat Cheryl Chow

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

Most of the patterns I design are things that I would use or wear. So yes, I do make things for myself but they are also samples for my shop.

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

Hmmm … that’s a hard one. I think I would love any type of amigurumi since I don’t tend to make these. And anything “sheep”!

Loeanneth Pullover Cheryl Chow

Loeanneth Pullover Cheryl Chow

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

Wool! Anything wool I love, especially the more rustic types of wool and specialty wool from unique sheep. I have the book Pure Wool by Sue Blacker and was initially amazed at how many different types of wool yarns are available.

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

Another tough question … probably my Waterfall Cardigan. I loved the challenge of working out the math for all the sizes and have the columns of cables line up with the lace at the hem. The fit is also really good for my body type and Beloved Yarn’s Magical Sport is gorgeous.

Waterfall Cardigan Cheryl Chow

Waterfall Cardigan Cheryl Chow

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue, green, teal are my favourites.

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

Yes! I love the Gift Along. This is my sixth year participating and I love seeing designers come together and support one another. Also, knitting/crocheting from other designers patterns is so relaxing. No need to work out the math or pay attention to the details, just follow the instructions and create a project.

Gilja Hat Cheryl Chow

Gilja Hat Cheryl Chow

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

There are so many amazing designers that participate each year, it’s hard to choose just a couple. I love Natalia Kononova’s (Outstanding Crochet) sense of style and many of her designs have leaves/flowers which I am always drawn to. And who can resist Sarah Schira’s (Imagined Landscapes) gnomes. They are all so cute!

Outstanding Crochet: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/natalia-kononova
Imagined Landscapes: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-schira

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

 

 

Christmas Tea Cozies 3 sizes, 4 characters, ebook

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

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