Independent Knitwear Desginers: High Country Knitwear & More

22. High Country Knitwear, site for designer Pat Feeley, offers pdf patterns for download. There are also tips and tricks, and a newsletter. Patterns include accessories as well as garments.

23. Wendy Knits, a blog for knitting and spinning by designer Wendy D. Johnson and author of Wendy Knits, is a personal blog…a very popular one, too, so kudos to Wendy. Her blog has a link to her book, and she does discuss her designs and projects she is working on. She has a number of sock patterns that she has been selling that are quite popular, as of this writing there is not a clearly identified link to the sock patterns.

24. Pick Up Sticks, devoted to felted knitting, is from designer Maggie Pace. Maggie started her business in 2003, and it has been mentioned in numerous venues since then. By all accounts (and rightly so) the felted knitter’s dreamsite. The designs have been featured on Knitty Gritty, Knitty, Knitter’s Review, and various knitting magazines.

25. Carol Bristol Designs is another site for felted knitters, and features the designs of Carol Bristol. Bags, baskets, vases and more.

26. Red Bird Knits is a site devoted to sock and lace knitting. They carry yarns and patterns from a number of independent designers, besides their own “house” line. They are located in Canada, and it is a family run business that grew out one sock knitter’s quest for Regia sock yarn.

27. Gardiner Yarn Works is from designer Chrissy Gardiner, another member of the Association of Knitwear Designers. She is a prolific designer and has designed for Classic Elite, Y2Knit, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and others. She has also been published in a number of books and magazines. She has a line of pattern leaflets as well.

28. The Woolen Earth is from Canadian designer Jennifer Appleby. She has knitting and crochet patterns under The Woolen Earth label as well as freelance work with publications such as Interweave Knits. Her online shop features her patterns and kits, as well as provides links to her freelance work. She also has a blog.

Up on deck, Kanine Knits, Blue Flower Knits, Sivia Harding and others!


One Response to “Independent Knitwear Desginers: High Country Knitwear & More”

  1. Jean Says:

    Wendyknits patterns may be found at, although when I was looking last night the shop was out of all but one design. I think Loopy Ewe is expecting a shipment of patterns from Wendy soon, however many are “stalking” the site waiting for the next batch, so they will go quickly once they are up. As far as I know, no other shops are carrying Wendy’s designs. Also has a nice variety of sock yarns including several indie-dyers and hand-painters; based on a couple of orders I placed this past summer, ships correctly and promptly.

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