September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.
Today I want to welcome one of my favourite independent knitwear designers Lee Meredith, Lee is also a craft writer, photographer, general maker of things, and doer of stuff! She lives in Portland, Oregon, and is widely known around the internet world as leethal. Find her do stuff! blog, designs, etc, over at leethal.net
I’m hard at work designing a set of knit hats which are custom-fitting, any-gauge, with multiple options for style types and top decrease patterns. I absolutely love designing these types of patterns, and then seeing knitters’ versions, which of course all look different from each other, and often with variations I never even thought of myself! I’ve been seeing more knitters drawn to these kinds of pattern recently – I think as more people have been knitting for more years, the idea of customized patterns, having more of a say in what you’re creating, is appealing to lots of creative types.
So, I decided to do some searching around for custom-sized and any-gauge/any-yarn patterns. It’s not an easy thing to search for, and I mostly found many very basic hats, mitts, socks, and scarves, but a few very cool designs in the mix. Here are some of them:
And a couple more of my patterns – I designed the Buttonhead hat, which is any-gauge and custom fitting, with 3 different style/shape options (above). My Waving Chevron Scarf is for any yarn/needles, and can be as wide and as long as you like (below).
And my Shapeshifter design is not only for any yarn, but it’s also extremely versatile in terms of wearability:
This is another knitting pattern trend I’ve been spotting lately, which is also awesome! Designs like Infinite Loop by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Eternity Scarf by Michele Wang, and Bertrand Louis by Katushika (all ravelry links) are just a few of the patterns I’ve recently come across with different wearability options – fun!
Be sure to comment with any fabulous patterns that I missed, with custom-fitting, any-gauge, versatility elements, since I’m sure there are tons more out there! Happy knitting!