I always have such trouble picking favorites. Ask me what my favorite food is and I will tell you that I love all food. Ask me what my favorite television show is and I will tell you anything that I can knit to. Ask me what my favorite ice cream is and I will tell you vanilla bean. The last one doesn’t prove my point one bit, but I really wish I had some ice cream right now to help me get through answering the next difficult question. Who is my favorite designer?
How does someone even answer that question? How can I only pick one designer? I can’t even choose ten without remembering another ten that I love just as much. So please bear with me as I try to share a few of my favorite designers. Maybe our readers should be the ones grabbing some ice cream right about now, because this is going to turn out to be a laundry list of favorites.
Power Trio: Norah Gaughan, Julie Hoover, and Michele Wang. If I see a pattern that I like, nine out of ten times it is designed by one of these three magnificent ladies. They are masters of intricate designs that are chic and still have a simplicity to them. Their patterns look like beautiful pieces of art, yet they aren’t overwhelming and still allow the knitter to have the confidence to be able to knit their designs. I’m currently knitting the Beatnik sweater by Norah, Frontenac dress by Julie, and I have Snoqualmie by Michele in my queue.
Little Ones: Pernille Larsen and Paelas Paelas. I get more joy out of knitting things for others than I do for myself and I like the idea of a fast knit. So I thought, why not combine the two and I came up with baby clothing. There are a few people I follow on Ravelry that have been knitting the prettiest baby clothing lately, which is how I found Pernille Larsen and Paelas Paelas. They both make designs that look fun to knit, and would look adorable on any child. I’m obsessed with the Clover tights by Pernille Larsen and the Quick Knit Suit by Paelas Paelas is the cutest little jumpsuit. Both of these designers are quickly becoming a favorite of mine for all things baby.
Rural Femininity: Pam Allen, Annie Rowden, and Carrie Bostick Hoge. I’m not sure what it is about these three designers, but their designs always make me think of a beautiful secluded farm, where I live part time in my imagination. Their designs are feminine and delicate, yet I still feel like I can get things done in them. These ladies are who I flock to when I want to feel beautiful and a little rugged all at once.
Some other staff favorites:
Summer adores Julie Hoover’s sweaters and photography.
Linda enjoys Melanie Berg’s shawls.