My family and friends often comment that they love the things I knit but feel like they could never knit something so "complicated." I've set out to change that perception by designing well written and easy to follow patterns that empower knitters to confidently express themselves creatively. My designs explain why I used a particular stitch, not just how to do the stitch, and I encourage knitters to get creative with the yarn they already own and turn my vision into their own unique creations.
I hope you will join me in creating amazing knits! You can find all of my self-published patterns on Ravelry. Make sure to follow me on Instagram where I run the occasional KAL and on Youtube where I post an occasional podcast.
Many years ago when I was in college I found myself stranded in a deserted town over the holiday break and wandering the local craft store to find something to keep me occupied till the new semester started. I came across a "teach yourself to knit" kit and figured it would be easy and fun.
This was an era before youtube tutorials and helpful Ravelry message boards so I relied on the book and the less than stellar illustrations in the kit. Page 1 had you decide on following right or left-hand directions; I'm left-handed so I boldly started learning to knit left-handed. Many weeks went by and I had a long garter stitch scarf to show off only to find out from a friend who knew how to knit properly that what I thought was knitting was actually the purl stitch and that all patterns are written for knitting right-to-left and I was working stitches left-to-right. I had basically taught myself to purl backward.
While she was able to teach me how to work a knit stitch it would be many years later before I managed to knit right-handed and even now I only break out that skill if I'm teaching someone else or making a tutorial video. Over the years I learned to tweak patterns to suit my left-hand knitting preference and as a result, found my own unique way of explaining how to knit patterns where directionality is key.
Now, many years later, I can knit anything my heart desires but I prefer patterns with lace or cables. If I'm up for a challenge I'll try out brioche or color-work.