Independent Knitwear Designers: Next Up

16. ChicKnits, the very Chic and fun web site of Designer Bonne Marie Burns, is a wonderful site to explore. Her blog was started as a hobby site and has since mushroomed into a hot destination for many knitters. This talented designer has been a featured writer on Knitty, which is how I first heard of her. Her blog includes articles, tips, and links to her patterns. She is a member of TNNA, and is a photojournalist in Chicago. She also designed the buttons for the ring. Thanks Bonne Marie!

17. Needle Beetle is the site of designer Brenda Zuk, a Canadian knitwear designer with a degree in Fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto. She is another designer who is very prolific, and there are a lot of wonderful patterns on her site in a wide variety of types of knitting; lace, colorwork (brilliant fairisles and lovely intarsias), and texture. While most pullovers are not plus sized, she has a lot of sock patterns as well as other accessories that may prove tempting for the ample knitter.

18. NeoKnits is the delightful blog of designer Melissa Wehrle. It is an ejoyable read with peaks into the life of a knitting designer, with links to her designs. She also works with One Planet yarns, where she is available to help knitters in knit alongs of her designs.

19. Oceanwind Knits is from Canadian designer Lori Law. On her site she writes “I hope my designs speak for themselves. I focus on clean lines with definitive detailing. I love felting which just brings on a whole new level of design possibilities. I like a single motif or detail to make a design ‘sing’ and I like to try unexpected colour combinations. I want to design something you can sling around your hip and feel good wearing about town. 🙂 And, I like things to be fun”. I would say that they do, Lori. And I don’t mind saying I really love that shawl on the home page! Oyster Bay, I think it is called. Lori has patterns as well as hand dyed yarns.

20. Wool and Fiber Originals is a the site of designer “Cat”. Her patterns online are mostly of accessories. She has a unique service I don’t see offered anywhere else and that is for custom drafting. She also has tutorials on her site.

21. Wooly Wormhead is the site for you if you love creative and wild hats. Ruth Paisley is a textile artist in the UK, who has studied textiles at Bolton University and she eventually made her way to Goldsmiths. She writes on her site “Goldsmiths has an outstanding international reputation in the Fibre Arts, encouraging its students to approach Textiles from an artistic, sculptural and cultural perspective. Here, I was able to develop my interest for 3-dimensional Textiles, working with techniques learnt from, among others, weaving, experimental embroidery, basketry, and millinery, concentrating on marrying inspiration and quality of finish”. She really has some fun and funky hats, and does commission work as well in spinning animal fibers.

Up on deck, High Country Knitwear, Wendy Knits and more!

This has been a lot of fun, I must say. I am humbled by all the talent out there and enjoy sharing these talented designers with you.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

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