More Independent Knitwear Designers

Kanine Knits is the place to go if you are a dog lover and love to knit. Designer Peggy Gaffney offers canine portraits on sweaters that are seen at some of the top dog shoes. In addition she has knit one of a kind sweaters with portraits for some of the top show dogs owners in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the US. She offers custom knitting as well as knitting patterns and books. Her books are distributed by Unicorn Books and Crafts.

Blue Flower Knits, from designer Karen Agen, features felted bags. There are 7 patterns on the site. They are aimed at being easy enough for a beginning knitter to do.

The Tsarina of Tsocks designer, Lisa Grossman, is also a writer. Her sock patterns come as kits, with yarn from VanCalCar Acres Sheep Farm. The socks are described on the sheep farm site as “an amazing collection of art…masquerading as socks!”

Kidknits has a wonderful assortment of designs for babies from Designer Erika Flory. Erika is also a member of the Association of Knitwear Designers. You may choose patterns or kits, and the patterns may be either printed or downloaded. The kits are very reasonably priced, and the garments are easy to care for. A plus for moms!

Sivia Harding Knit Design is the site for designer Sivia Harding. Sivia has some beautiful lace patterns, and beaded knitting patterns for lace and accessories. She also teaches. A wonderful assortment of patterns for lace knitters and knitters who are interested in beaded knitting.

Annie’s Woolens, from designer Anne Maillette, offers patterns for Christmas stockings as well as accessories (hats, scarves, mittens etc). Her business began in 1988, and in 1994 she moved her business to the Internet. She was featured in featured in the Feb. 2000 Midwest Living article entitled “Warm Up in Style – Toasty Togs from the Northland”.

On deck, the final five as of today, including two more very big names in the world of indie knitting designers.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

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