Deliver Function. Deliver Beauty.

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My advice for anyone wanting to design.

Don’t wait.

Don’t wait until you are better or more experienced.

Start now.


Play with your knitting.

  • Let yourself have the freedom and room to make mistakes.
  • Challenge yourself to learn new stitch patterns, find yourself a stitch dictionary, or three and see what stirs you.
  • There is so much knowledge and tradition out there, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Just lend your own spirit to it.

  • Explore construction methods.  Top down, bottom up, raglan, saddle, yoke, set-in sleeve, flat, circular.
  • Make sweaters in all these different ways and see how they each shine.  Consider the strength and limitations of each design method.
  • Embrace trial and error. Rip out your knitting.
  • Make swatches.
  • Knit from patterns that are well written, think about the designer’s goals and intentions.

Start where you are comfortable.

  • Take a hat pattern and insert a new texture.
  • Investigate how the shape changes when you alter your approach to decreasing.


  • Swatch for projects.
  • Swatch just to see what kind of fabric your yarn knits up as on a size 4,5,6.
  • Take a class online.  Go to a knitting workshop.  Have a knitting retreat with your friends.

Don’t be afraid of math.

  • Ask for help.
  • Hire a tech editor.

Let yourself be a beginner and learn as you go.

  • Find inspiration…in your closet, on pinterest, on Ravelry, in the woods.
  • Meet your need, scratch your itch.




Deliver function.

Deliver beauty.

Relish simplicity.




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