My Knitting Patterns: Kristmen’s Design Studio
I have been designing professionally since 1999. My first professional design was Lilly, available from Louet Sales. Since then I have had designs in three books, two magazines, free lance work with 2 yarn companies, and my own line of patterns.
I am a member of the Association of Knitwear Designers, also. My business, Kristmen’s Design Studio, has a home on a time to knit, a web site I share with designer friend Katherine Misegades.
My design philosophy is wholistic and fine art based. I believe that garments should be comfortable and beautiful, and I choose everything in the design to support the inspiration of the design.
I have a number of pattern leaflets available, as well as some designs published in different sources. Pages for individual designs will be found by clicking on categories with the label Patterns – (type of pattern). You can also see them on my website. Currently I have all but the pattern below on my website, as this blog is still young. I thought briefly about just adding them all to this page, but really, that would be a pain to read through as the list grows. It is almost too long, now, on my website.
I don’t sell retail anymore, my designs are all available through my vendors. If you have trouble finding something let me know and I can put you in touch with a vendor, at email@example.com.
This scarf pattern contains three patterns, one with a ruffled border, one with a traditional edging, and one with a simple garter stitch border.
From left to right: Magnolia, Sweet Violet, and Tiger Lily.
For Magnolia, I wanted something that felt old fashioned, something that made me think of charming southern ladies with their hats, or wide verandas and iced tea. I picked a lace pattern with a larger motif, as the Magnolia next to my porch is a Saucer Magnolia.
Sweet Violet is expressed well with an Estonian lace pattern and a traditional (not Estonian) lace edging that is worked as it is attached. We often have Violets growing wild in our yard, and here I was after geometric shapes that would remind me of the Violets.
Tiger Lilly is a little easier for people to see than Magnolia. But design can be inspired by feeling as much as a literal interpretation. Tiger Lilly utilizes a lace pattern that made me think of the seed pods after the Lilly has bloomed. This could also have an attached edging if desire, but was offered with a simple garter stitch border as the lace does not really need it. Also if you look at a Tiger Lilly, the lines are very clean. It is not Fussy. I felt it looked best with a simple border.
This design was knit with the 2/8 weight Organic Fingering Weight from Black Water Abbey Yarns.