Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Here’s a selection of Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites I wanted to share with you today.

Bobbles

by Christelle Nihoul

This pretty yoke sweater is knitted in sport weight yarn and is perfect for using up mini skeins or self striping yarns for the bobbles.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites Bobbles Sweater by Christelle Nihoul

Ginkgo Leaf Top

by Michele DuNaier

Knitted in DK weight yarn with a beautiful lacy yoke, this sweater would be one of my go-to items to wear every day.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites - Ginko Sweater by Michele NuNaier

Linnutee

by Arella Seaton

Linnutee (Estonian for Milky Way, however the direct translation would be A Birds Path) is a cute tee specially designed for gradient yarn cakes or mini skein sets. It would also be a great way to use up those self striping yarns you aren’t sure how to use.

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The Raglan Cardigan

by Cynthia Spencer

It is completely sized to fit each part of your body, from the hips to the shoulders. If you have trouble getting your sweaters to fit, this book is for you!

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Rhys

by Kat Riddell

A cropped layering pullover in worsted/aran weight yarn will be a super fast knit and come in a big range of sizes.

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Vera

by Emma Sadler

I’ve knitted this myself to test the pattern for Emma, it’s easy, relaxing and a great way to use up scraps of sock or sport weight yarns to knit a very lightweight but super warm sweater for cool days and nights.

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Sabino Canyon Cardigan

by Megan Nodecker

I love the collar on this cardigan, but suggest you look at other projects for this garment on Ravelry as the designers photos, whilst beautiful, are really dark and are very hard to see.

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Hope cardigan

by Anne B Hanssen

The body of the cardigan is worked in a lovely lace-pattern.
The sleeves are worked in stockinette sts, and could be worked to any length. The hems of the body/sleeves are folded back.
The cardigan is supposed to be roomy and comfortable, with it’s rounded neck, and box-shaped body.

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Rather Nice Jumper

by Helen Gipson

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https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rather-nice-jumper

Bittercress

by Faye Kennington

Part poncho, part pullover, and all pretty with flattering ombre neckline and an elaborate and large floral motif around the yoke. Knitted in sport weight yarn and perfect for mini skins, gradient sets or self stripers.

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Eazy

by Anna Johanna

Top down and brioche, a fabulous combination and such fun to knit.

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Endorphins

by Kim McBrien Evans

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Cascading Kittens

by Claire Slade

cat, cats and more cats.

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Peasant Surprise

by Hanna Maciejewska

Worked top down and in the round with texture patterns on the yoke and body, the sleeves are the start of the show in this peasant style top.

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Parsons Green

by Kathryn Folkerth

I love the mustard colour at the start of the top down yoke on this one, a beautiful contrast to the crisp cream and navy. Knitted in DK for a relatively quick knit.

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Spica sweater

by Anke Telschow

Bottom up stripes and mosaic, super easy colourwork for those who don’t know to create a striking yet simple to make sweater.

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Hamiltonian

by Kathryn Folkerth

Aran weight, oversized with a boxy shape, perfect for working at home, a coffee with friends (via Zoom or in person).

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Mrs Grimmet’s Pullover

by Carol Sunday

The pullover is knitted from side to side in one piece beginning with a provisional cast-on. Pockets are cleverly knit in. Cowl and ribbing at hem are picked up and knitted. Sleeves are knitted from the top in the round, and sleeve caps are shaped with short rows.

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Joan

by Christelle Nihoul

A chic and stylish top down sweater knitted up to plus sizes

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Once Again

by Debra Gerhard

Once Again is a top-down, pullover sweater; knit in-the-round with a stranded yoke that is coupled with simple cable stitches. Short rows are used to shape the neckline after the yoke pattern is completed.

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Brise soleil

by Paola Albergamo

Brise-soleil is a double-breasted, asymmetrical cardigan with textured elements.

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Utmost Happiness

by Katrine Birkenwasser

Utmost Happiness sweater is worked seamlessly top-down. After a ribbing for neckband and set of short rows to raise the back of the sweater, a round yoke is decorated with an elaborate cable pattern achieved with mosaic knitting.

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La Briohème

by Lesley Anne Robinson

A bohemian open cardigan with drop sleeves, long brioche cuffs, a cozy brioche collar, and a large brioche hem as the focal point.

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Twisting Lights

by Artesanitarium Designs

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Potala

by Hanna Maciejewska

“Potala” is a seamless open-front cardigan, especially warm thanks to the yak-merino-silk blend and a ribbed back.

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Haiku cardi

by Svetlana Volkova

A simple shawl-type construction applied to an oversized sweater. An easy introductory garment and a fun knit.

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Telos

by Jennifer Dassau

Knitted in Aran yarn, worked top down and a great cardigan for work or play.

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Sprague Lake Pullover

by Triona Murphy

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Flight formation

by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

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Longbeard Hooded Cloak

by Raven Knits Design

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Morning Walk

by Becky Wilkins

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Cambria Cardigan

by Brenda Castiel

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Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket

by Loraine Birchall

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns and designs I’d love to knit/crochet.

Foxy Stripes Cowl

by Janelle Martin

I love the rich, autumnal green yarn for this one and the strong design lines, very clever.

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Double Wrap Fair Isle Cowl

by Michael Harrigan

I love this in two contrasting colours but it would be a fun way to use a solid with a self striping or variegated yarn too.

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Cathedral Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

This is one of my own designs but I do love this cable, it’s fun to knit and evokes gothic arches and strong lines.

Cathedral Cowl, photo used with permission by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com
Cathedral Cowl, photo by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com

Whitethorn Cowl

by Megan Nodecker

I love Megan’s designs and this cowl caught my eye. I love the tassel, a nice finishing touch.

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Chevroche Cowl

by Sarah Jordan

A fun project to get you started on brioche knitting with two colours.

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Faileas

by Sierra Morningstar

A bit of two colour stranded knitting, worked in the round and joined with a graft, really effective and a lovely design.

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Leafy Origami Cowl

by Michele Bernstein

Beautiful use of brioche knitting and a very pretty result.

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Diamonds and Lace Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

Easy cables and a bit of lace, worked in the round in either Aran or DK weight yarn.

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Avenoir

by Hanna Maciejewska

I’m knitting her CareAway shawl using this same stitch pattern, it has lots of twisted stitches but is really addictive.

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Dogwalker’s Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

Two colour stranded knitting, simple but stunning. I love the use of a variegated yarn and a great way to use those pesky skeins with lots of pattern or colour.

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Ripples on the River

by Stacey Lewis

A bit more stranded colourwork with a simple pattern repeat, easy to make wider or taller to suit the recipient and great to bust some stash.

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Kruska

by Elena Fedotova

A bit of crochet and such an interesting looking texture, in three sizes of loop to suit your yarn stash.

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Cobblestone Cowl

by Rachy Newin

Wonderful use of colour, as is always the case with Rachy. Beautiful crochet.

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Simpson Cowl

by Amy van de Laar

Lovely pattern, undulating travelling stitches, no need for a cable needle.

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Evergreen Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

One of my new cowls, I just love the cables and knots.

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Shine On

by CJ Brady

A speedy crochet cowl and brilliant for those highly variegated skeins you want to use but have no idea what to make with them.

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Finding Your Way Cowl

by Lilinette Crochet

Mosaic crochet used with different colours work really well in this cowl designed to represent a garden maze.

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Tuberose Cowl

by Kavitha Raman

Lovely use of vertical columns and lace, all simple stitches but very stylish.

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Symbiosis Cowl

by bunnymuff – Mona Zillah

Amazing colourwork and look at the motifs, love, love, love it.

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Stormfront

by handmade by SMINÉ

Evokes the stormy clouds in Cumbria where it’s either raining or about to rain.

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Stornes Cowl

by Cheryl Chow

Lovely way to use up mini skeins or self striping yarns, simple crochet but really stylish.

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Orchids For Eve

by Kirsten McTeer

Very pretty lace and love the picot edging.

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Laketown Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

This could be my first proper foray into double knitting for an actual finished item, it’ll be super warm and so stylish.

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Strawberry Fluff Cowl

by Denise Balvanz

This cowl is definitely on my knit list, I made the hat and boot cuffs a few years ago and love them.

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Crocheted Harmony, hat and cowl set

by Darleen Hopkins

Great use of simple shape and granny stitches to make a warm but chic set.

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Twisted Textures Braided Cowl

by AlyseCrochet

Very clever construction and great use of both texture and colour. Wow!

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Lille Loop

by Frauke Neubauer

It’s green, two greens which is bonus points for me, lace and garter used to create a super stylish cowl.

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Cove Neck Cowl

by Michele DuNaier

i crocheted this a couple of times, enjoyable and a really effective cowl, the recipients love them.

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Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans for December knitting and crochet.

I cast on the Ronan Cardigan by Tiona Murphy for the Gift Along, it’s going to my friends Ben and Kelly for their new baby boy who was born a few weeks ago. I used Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in the Denim colourway and it works well with the cables. It’s also machine wash for a new and busy Mum of two.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan in denim blue on a teal wash background
Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan back view  in denim blue on a teal wash background

I’m also sending them a couple of cotton burp cloths from a pattern by my good friend Emma Sadler, it’s called Muzies.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Muzies cloth in natural craft cotton shown laid on a teal plank background

I have wanted to knit Alameda by Clarice Gomes since I saw her knitting the sample in a beautiful green colour when we met on a Saturday night Zoom knit and natter which we both go to. It’s absolutely stunning and I love it so much. I’m using Lanas Stop Bambini in the Linen colourway. You can buy that yarn here. I’ve knitted a bit more since then and will add another photo to the project page, click the image below to see more info.

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This is Clarice’s sample

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I did another crochet test of a pattern for Lillinette Crochet of her Ilsan pattern, you can make two of the squares and join them to make a Biscornu which is a clever construction and makes a very pretty pin cushion. I used scraps of DK sparkly yarn in silver grey, purple and magenta.

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I cast on for the CareAway Shawl, I’m not sure I made the best yarn choice, but I do absolutely love the colours, it’s a creamy white, a light grey and a mustard yellow and is called Skittles. The yarn is Stylecraft Bambino DK.

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CareAway Shawl by Hanna Maciejewska

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Next up to knit is a non-gal project, the Christmas Robin by Jacqui Turner which is fun and super cute.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Knit Socks

Colorwork Roses Socks

by Aud Bergo

For colourwork fans, the perfect pair of traditional motif socks with a modern touch.

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Fairwyn socks

by Tracey Lee

A simple, classic and easy to knit design and they’re reversible.

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Ever True

by Kino Knits

Angles and colour combine in this amazing pair of socks.

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Margerie

by Alexandria Wenninger

More colourwork, but with a strong, modern pattern and clever use of self striping yarns.

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Crazy Christmas Socks

by Renée Kies

You had me at Crazy Christmas Socks….

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Doucet Winter socks

by KnitJoyz

Fabulous colour work socks filled with Christmas scenes and motifs.

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Dunbroch Socks

by Emma Sadler

Self patterning yarn does the yard work and you knit or add a few pretty eyelets, very fast knit for socks and super pretty.

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Happy Hoops

by Helen Gipson

A great way to use up leftover sock yarns, have fun with self striping for the colourwork or go with neutral solids for the man in your life.

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Sheep Shuffle Socks

by Sophie McKane

Colourwork and sheep, super cute!

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Antarctica Socks

by Artesanitarium Designs

Awesome cables adorn this lovely pair of socks undulating back and forth.

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Switch Point Socks

by Cynthia Levy

More cables, intertwined and mirrored, a clever design, suitable for men and women.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Crochet Socks

Marguerite Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A quick gift to crochet with tall stitches and an afterthought heel. Look at the heel detail on these little beauties!

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Comfy Cuff Socks

by Fiona Langtry

Warm, cozy and slouchy socks to keep your tooties warm.

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Bûcheron Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A neutral and texture pair of socks for the men in your life, simple. classic and comfortable.

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Skittles Socks

by Maybe Katie Designs

Bobbles, rainbow stripes and cuteness over load.

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Wavy Coral Socks

by Petra Machová Kouřilová

Super cute socks and so pretty

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Tabatha Socks

by Lilia Vanini

Lace and pompoms, love it.

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All the above patterns are eligible to be made in the Indie Design Gift Along 2020 with lots of prizes, chat and fun. Join the group here and dive right in. You can also play along on Instagram and follow @indiegiftalong.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Knit Christmas Ideas

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Knit Christmas Ideas

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Knit Christmas Ideas

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Knit Christmas Ideas

A quick round up of my favourite Indie Gift Along 2020 Knit Christmas ideas and suggestions for gift knitting, knitting for your home and for heirlooms to display every year.

Christmas Stocking Neli

by Arella Seaton

A fun and easy mosaic knit, part of a set of four stockings.

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Fir Sprucing Up

by Amy Marie

A bit more mosaic and I love the tree design, perfect to gift with a beautiful soap or other toiletries.

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12 MORE Days of Baubles Part 2

by Stacey Lewis

Part 2 of several sets of baubles, all beautiful and sure to be much loved.

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Solstice Glow stocking

by bunnymuff – Mona Zillah

Fabulous colour work and great for using up scraps of yarn

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Fireside stocking

by Vikki Bird

A beautiful stocking to make for someone you love and use year after year.

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Northern Lights Ornaments

by Cynthia Levy

Such a popular pattern for Christmas baubles, we see this a lot in the Gift Along.

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Gnome Is Where You Hang Your Hat

by Sarah Schira

Oh Gnome they’ve even invaded the blog….

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Eira

by Kelly G.

Lovely sachet ornaments you can stuff with lavender or other christmas scents.

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Gnome or Elf Tea Cozy 3 Sizes

by Loraine Birchall

Size to fit a 2, 4 or 6-8 cup teapot.

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Winter Holiday Cowl

by Michael Harrigan

Another fabulous bit of colourwork and lace from Michael.

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Christmas Elf doll Amigurumi

by Irina Ferrer (Davydova)

These are too cute for words.

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Sapphire Diamonds Stocking

by Denise Balvanz

Denise has some gorgeous stockings but I love the simplicity of two colours and non-traditional colours to match your decor.

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Winter Wonderland

by Christelle Nihoul

Christelle is a fabulous designer and I love this cowl, so pretty, festive and most of all fun.

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Advent Project Cowl

by Susana Lobos García

I love the colour work in this design, so detailed and rich.

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Festive Hoodie Mug Cozies Santa Elf Snowman Gingie

by Loraine Birchall

Mug cozies with a little hood on the back large enough to hold biscuits, cookies or chocolate.

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Hey Rudi

by Claire Slade

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Star of Bethlehem

by Ranée Mueller

Ranee has an amazing set of decorations, do check them out, it was hard to choose one but this is my favourite.

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Christmas Countdown Stocking

by Mary E Rose

Adorable and a fun knit with clever details.

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Mine

by Faye Kennington

I’ve knitted these, super fast and lovely, but within seconds my Mum had pinched them.

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A Christmas Stocking for Effi

by K.M. Bedigan

a lovely stocking pattern with traditional motifs.

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Winter Village

by Anne B Hanssen

I want to fill my tree with the little house decorations, but they’re all so cute.

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Julestrompes

by Emma Sadler

Traditional colour with a fun twist, knit the set or just your favourite.

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Love Christmas

by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

a fast and festive knit using worsted or dk yarn, really cute.

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Socks Are For Life, Not Just For Christmas

by Jo Torr

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Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan

Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan

Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan

Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan – getting to know you

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Today I’m chatting to Michael Harrigan, tell us who you are and what you do?

Nice to be with you. I’m an American living in Thailand and have done so for the last 20+ years – first for my work and then on into retirement. I knit, design, garden, and care for our house by the sea and our two dogs. Travel has been an important part of life as well, although unfortunately that hasn’t been possible this year.

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

When I was around 9 years old my mother showed me the basics of knitting and crocheting. However, I grew up on a farm in the northeastern US, and in that area and at that time, knitting was not one of the approved pastimes for a young boy. The needles and crochet hooks were put aside – for quite a few years, in fact.

Fair Isle Snood by Michael Harrigan Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan
Fair Isle Snood by Michael Harrigan

What made you want to start designing?

It wasn’t long before I started combining stitch patterns into designs and decided to write out the instructions so I could share them with others (and remember them). I soon discovered I could upload the patterns to the internet and was off on a new adventure. I also improved my skills and increased my range through the Master Hand Knitter certification program of The Knitting Guild Association (tkga.org).

Over the past few years I have designed patterns for accessories, including shawls, wraps, cowls, hats – and a Fair Isle-patterned gansey. I’ve self-published the majority of my designs but have also produced others for yarn companies and online and print magazines. My first book of knitting patterns – Travel-inspired Knits – was published earlier this year.

What’s your favourite part of the design process?

I work from memories, sketches, and photos of places and things I’ve seen on my travels and then move on to select/design the stitch patterns and choose colors. Usually it’s design first – but sometimes it’s the yarn and/or color first.

I like to spend time in historic settings, visiting local artisan markets and bazaars, and also taking in landscapes and natural features. I try to recreate what I have seen in stitch patterns—interpreting elements of nature, landmarks, and textiles I’ve come across.

Gift Along 2020 Interview with Michael Harrigan - Drummie Bees and Snowflakes by Michael Harrigan, a wrap knitted in shades of white through to blue

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

Most everything I do is part-time and together the activities form more than a full-time existence. Travel has always been a major part of my life. Some decades ago I spent the better part of a year in Central America and was captivated by the colorful work of artisans in Mexico and Guatemala. Many years later my travels took me to Africa, where I was enthralled by the magic and mystery of Egypt and Morocco, and the talented artisans of South Africa. I have been fascinated by the designs

of rugs in Turkey and the embroidery I’ve come across in China. There’s such an amazing wealth of hand-crafted riches throughout the world – and I certainly enjoy travels of discovery.

A couple of summers ago, we visited the Shetland Islands – long an inspiration to me, both for the knitted lace from the northern island of Unst, and the wonderfully colorful patterns of Fair Isle. On a trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania last year I had the opportunity to get some hands-on advice on color-stranding knitting technique in Riga, Latvia. At the end of that trip, on a visit to the Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg, I found inspiration for a new colorwork design based on a piece of ethnic embroidery.

Since I moved to Thailand in late 1998, the country’s natural environment, iconic images, and architecture have provided ongoing inspiration for my designs.

Sea Changes Shawl shown in grey worn by a smiling woman. Pattern by Michael Harrigan

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why

That’s an interesting question, as I have favorites to design to satisfy myself but know that they might not be so popular with other knitters. I like to design complex colorwork pieces but also design a lot of simpler cowls that would appeal to those looking for a more straightforward knitting experience.

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

I tend to give away samples from my design process from time to time and also take the time to knit an item for myself if I need one. Not much knitwear is needed in Thailand, but we do travel to cooler destinations when that’s possible.

Berries Leaves and Vines by Michael Harrigan, cowl held by a dark haired woman

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

I would love to have someone create a colorful rug for me – as I’m not likely to do that for myself.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

I really like wool and silk blends and wool and linen blends. I’d have to say they’re my favorites for how they work up into fabric.

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

That would be my Drummie Bees and Snowflakes Shawl. It is connected to one of my favorite parts of the world – Shetland –and features two traditional lace stitch patterns that I particularly like. I also love the colors.

Thai Tropics Wrap inspired by Thailand

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

I am currently working on a design to accompany a book in the Miss Babs Yarns Book Club (Spring 2021) – but can’t say more about it at this time. Check out the website – https://www.missbabs.com/ – for information on the club.

What’s your favourite colour?

I think it’s still blue – but if you look at the photos of my designs you’ll find quite a range of colors. It likely depends on what works for a given project.

Trellised Vine by Michael Harrigan
Trellised Vine by Michael Harrigan

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

This is my first year and I’m so glad I joined. I’ve gotten to see lots of designs I wouldn’t have otherwise, and it’s generated a good number of sales as well.

Which Gift Along 2020 designers inspire you and why?

A top inspiration is christal-lk-designs – particularly for what she does with color and how she designs with color. There are certainly others as well, but she comes to mind immediately

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

Patterns on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/michael-harrigan
and LoveCrafts: https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/user/Michael-H/e322ccc1-faf4-4343-b4e9-c6ec5e56d730

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarriganHandknits
Instagram: mwharrigan
Twitter: malcontent

Website: http://www.thismanknits.com/

Book – Travel-inspired Knits – available from publisher: https://anchorandbee.bigcartel.com/product/travel-inspired-knits

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