My ideas for Primp

Here again is Primp, published in the newest issue of Twist Collective.

My idea was to create that design unicorn that all knitwear designers talk about: the sweater you wear every day, all day. Over your jammies to feed the cats in the morning, with your jeans to go to the market, with a cute dress to meet friends for dinner.

My perfect every day all day sweater would be a cardigan, in a cheerful color (to combat those grey winter days), lace (because I want warmth, but no too much), and with a little retro vibe (but not so retro as to be in those killer tight shapes with little ease—because hips).

I also want it worked in pieces to give the garment structure and I like the simplicity of knitting one piece at a time.

My first knitting of Primp was for me. Like many women, I am not  size 8 and model thin–more typically a size Large. I have a 42 inch bust, but relatively small shoulders. I made size 45 up to the armholes and then switched to size 41. I knew the V-neck will accommodate my bust. I also added an extra 7 rows (about an inch) to the body because I know that’s where my hip is–I’m an inch longer in my torso than the standardized measurements.

I also wanted a more affordable yarn choice: my version is Cascade 220 Heathers, in Lake Chelan Heather (9451), the yarn and gauge matched beautifully.

Please check out the entire Twist Collective July issue. Its a beautiful issue with lots of great designs.

New Pattern: Clafouti

Clafouti, published in Knitty, Spring + Summer 2018. 

Knitty is celebrating their 15 year anniversary–an amazing number for a digital publication. To celebrate, Knitty asked designers to create new designs taking inspiration from their past issues. 

A long time ago, while looking around online for some help with a knitting pattern, I stumbled upon Knitty. This was the dark ages of the Internet for knitting, before Ravelry or YouTube or even Facebook. Through Knitty I found the instruction I was looking for and so much more. At that time there was the Knitty Coffeeshop, which became my first online community — there were so many members, it was so informational, and so much fun.

Every season there was (and still is!) a new Knitty issue with many wonderful new patterns. Most especially, there was Clapotis by Kate Gilbert. One of the most famous Knitty patterns, for a long time it was the design with the most projects on Ravelry—and still is in the top 5. I’ve never tired of the delight of knitting on the bias and dropping stitches to watch them run. Clafoutis (a delicious baked cherry dessert) has been inspired by, and borrows from, Clapotis. Meant to be a light layer that looks great over a tank top or a long sleeve shirt. Created with a hand painted yarn, like the original. Clafoutis is a swingy, easy layer, knit top down, with panels of Clapotis worked separately and attached in place.

So happy fifteenth, Knitty! My how you’ve grown. Here’s to many more issues of beauty, humor and inspiration. Congratulations.

Modeled by the lovely and talented, Emily Langtiw. Check out her cheery and insightful blog at

For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X]
Shown in size XS with 0 inches/0 cm of positive ease

Chest/Bust: 34[36, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66] inches/ 86.5[91.5, 96.5, 107, 117, 127, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5, 168] cm
Length: 21.25[21.75, 22.25, 23.5, 24.7, 26, 27.25, 28.5, 29.75, 31] inches/ 54[55.5, 56.5, 60, 63, 66, 69.5, 72.5, 76, 79] cm

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama [100% Linen; 270 yds per 100 g skein]; color: Lipstick; 3[4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6] skeins

1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long

24 sts/32 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Link to free pattern

New Pattern: Coastal Stripes Pullover

I’ve been lucky enough to receive a commission from Red Heart North America. This super easy and simple pullover was fun to create. It would make a great first sweater. And it’s a free pattern!

For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]
shown in size S

To Fit Bust: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” [71 (81, 91.5, 101.5, 111.5, 122, 132) cm]
Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” [86 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147) cm]

RED HEART® With Love®:1 skein each 1101 Eggshell A, 1502 Iced Aqua B, 1711 Cameo C, and 1308 Tan D.

1 US #10/6mm needle

15 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st.

Link to free pattern