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Newsletter - September 2017
Welcome back to the monthly Patternfish newsletter!!
We took a few months off over the summer but we’re back with a great fall collection, a selection of new crochet patterns, new designers and publishers, and our designer of the month, Lara Smoot.
And now, without further ado…
The Editors’ Collection
Fall is rapidly approaching, and so our thoughts turn to cardis, shawls, and other autumnal and winter items. This collection showcases a variety of our newer designs for fall from a wide swath of Patternfish publishers and designers.
When the weather turns cool, we mustn’t forget about our feet. Lucy Neatby’s designs are fantastic, but we were particularly taken by her Serendipity DK Slippers. This pattern is particularly detailed, with charting for each size, and ten technique video links. A great pattern for the experienced knitter.
Surprisingly easy to knit, Sarah Jordan’s Wynne shawl is boldly colourful and visually intriguing. Knitted top-down, this crescent shawl is quick and satisfying, and makes a great all-season piece.
Be prepared for the first blast of winter weather with Lisa Uotinen’s cosy Hooded Cowl. This will carry you through the coldest weather and keep you toasty warm. This pattern has been throroughly tech-edited and test-knit like so many of Tinker Creek Handknit’s patterns, and it’s an easy knit, so enjoy!
There’s a reason that classics are classics: they endure all fashion trends and never tire. Sue McCain’s Lexington Top Down Cardigan for Basix is a prime example of this, and while it definitely feels like a fall accessory, it is at home in any season at all!
This is just adorable! Lindsay Endean’s Sproglet Knits focusses on knits for kids and babies, and the Easy Baby Bear Hat, Booties and Mittens set is a three-in-one set that will make a great present for a baby shower.
Many designers revel in mathematical complexity. Lindsay Lewchuk (Knit Eco Chic) is no exception, and invites you to bring your own coding to the CIA Cowl. Fully tested, and ready for your secret message!
We were grieved to learn of the recent death of Elena Nodel. She was wonderfully talented. Through Anadiomena’s Designs, she created a tremendous range of patterns, including this delightfully colourful piece for kids and tweens: the Plum Pudding Cardigan, sized for everyone from 12 months to 14 years.
Proceeds from the sale of her designs continue to go to her family. Look for a fuller celebration of her design career in our next newsletter.
Oh Canada! One of Patternfish’s perennial favourites, Sally Melville, has created this fantastic sweater in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Margaret’s Gift has a lovely story behind it. Check out the pattern description on our website to learn more.
Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits finds inspiration in all kinds of places. For this Patternfish world exclusive pattern, she used motifs from antique Japanese fabrics to create this soft and delicate cowl.
This is a selection of the some of the top crochet patterns, a mixture of fantastic new ones and older favourites.
Everyone loves 10 Hours or Less. Their patterns live up to the brand name: you can put these together super fast, but they don’t look it! Bevy of Butterflies is a fun and whimsical scarf that practically filet crochets itself!
Lena Fedotova has a wide range of patterns, both knitting and crochet. Her ZZZ Top uses the Tunisian entrelac technique, which is explained in detail. Pressed Violets is a stunning shawl that provides a great accent to anything you might wear.
Carol Ventura is a Patternfish designer of long standing. She has created an intriguing series of crochet patterns for both left and right-handed crocheters. We really like the cute and practical Purse to Tapestry Crochet, as well as her Tapestry Crochet Bag.
Our last crochet pattern for this newsletter is a wonderful classic, and a Patternfish World Exclusive pattern. Create a real family heirloom with the 2-Ply Matinee Coats, one knit and one crochet, from Peter Pan.
Designer of the Month: Lara Smoot
Lara has been featuring her patterns on Patternfish for a number of years. We love the imaginativeness of her designs, her beautiful use of colour, and the playfulness of her cultural references.
Here is our Q and A with Lara.
How did you become a designer? I've always been very creative. When I was a child, I would sew little stuffed animals from scraps of fabric and was making my own patterns back then. I still have a little stuffed horse that I made. Later on, I designed and sewed custom riding clothing when I was showing horses. Designing knitting patterns was a natural progression and a way to express myself through my art.
What inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere. From a beautiful sunset, to a design I see in the bark of a tree growing in the forest behind our home.
Do you have established goals for your business other than selling patterns? Yes, I love seeing knitters learn new things and challenge themselves. So many times I hear that a knitter is afraid to try a new technique. I tell them that there is nothing in knitting that you can't do!
Which designs of yours are your personal favourites? Mother of Dragons is probably my favorite. It's a deceptively easy knit and works up well in variegated or solid yarn. I also really like Stash Bash because it's a great stash or scrap yarn buster and is easily adjustable to the amount of yarn that you have on hand.
How do you think the pattern design world will change in the next ten years, and why? I've seen a trend of indie dyers designing patterns in the yarn that they dye. I think this is going to grow and expand even more over time. Customers love being able to purchase a pattern that is written for a specific yarn as it takes the guesswork out of what yarn to use!
How did you come to the decision to list your patterns on Patternfish? Patternfish is very well known and has a wonderful amount of resources. I'm honored to have my patterns available on Patternfish.
Find all of Lara's designs here.
Our Newest Designers and Publishers
We are thrilled to welcome the following designers to Patternfish.
Jem Arrowsmith has made a specialty of creating wraps, shawls and cowls. These are colourful, subtle, and feminine.
Barbara Losche’s shawls and wraps are very lovely and great accessories.
Many designers like mathematical tricks and puzzles. Annika Pelosi, Deb Gemmell, and Elizabeth Fallone, who together form Knitacation, are no exception; particularly with their fantastic Pi Socks, which (you guessed it) use the timeless mathematical constant as an inspiration.
While Patternfish is home to many patterns by Classic Elite Yarns, designer Lillian May is a relatively new arrival. Welcome to Patternfish, Lillian!
Deja Joy of Knit and Crochet Ever After has added a ton of patterns to our website over the past number of weeks. We’re delighted to see so many of her patterns, and so will you be!
After a break for the summer, we will, by popular demand, be resuming our regular newsletter schedule. You can look forward to the October newsletter towards the end of the month.