Inspiration part three: Designers you should know

You are probably already familiar with some of our favorite designers.  We have binders in the shop dedicated to the gorgeous and well written patterns of Brooklyn Tweed and Churchmouse.  In the interst of presenting something new, I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my current favorite designers who may be less well known to you.


Heidi Kirrmaier just recently came to my attention because I found her Tea with Jam and Bread while poking around on Ravelry looking for something fun to make with worsted weight yarn.  I have some grey yarn that for some reason is calling out to me to become a slouchy pullover with pockets.  And when I followed the link back to her other projects, I found at least a half dozen other patterns that were already in my favorites list.  Dawn and I have both flirted with her Shellseeker which looks as though it could become my favorite summer layering piece.  I was also pleased to see Circumnavigate, a beautiful lightweight summer cowl that we had in the shop last summer.

Another recent favorite designer of mine is Kirsten Johnstone. She has a group on Ravelry that one can join to get the latest news and tips from other knitters who have worked on her projects.  But her knitting patterns aren’t her only creative outlet.  She is also the author of a beautiful blog.  Her photos are crisp and inviting, and I almost guarantee that you will want to make all of the recipes that she provides.

© Tamara Erbacher

I cast on for Raiun a couple of weeks ago, using some Classic Sock yarn of Sunshine Yarns that is dyed right here on the Front Range.  Kirsten's pattern is very well written, the instructions are very clear, and I hope that the finished product will be as crisp and classic as hers is.

And finally, I want to make sure that you know about Lisa Mutch.  I found her through pompom quarterly a fun little magazine published in the UK that arrives in my mailbox giftwrapped.  (My issue should be at the shop so feel free to pop in to check it out). 

© Lisa Mutch

She was one of the designers featured in the last issue.   I love the clean simple lines of her knitwear that shine in an almost monochromatic palette. My passion for neutral knitting has found a muse in her.

I hope that you have some fun exploring some of the links above.  And that a little internet surfing provides you with some fresh ideas, and perhaps a new project that may be added to your queue.