I'm a knitwear designer, author, teacher, and small-press publisher based in Northern California. I design and write patterns for modern, accessible garments and accessories, with a particular penchant for cabled sweaters and hats, and for using unique, thoughtfully conceived yarns. I want to help you make things that you'll love to knit and really, really love to wear, and to help you use classic, straightforward techniques to create sophisticated, ready-to-wear inspired textures and fabrics. I'm passionate about details of garment, yarn, and fabric construction, and about helping you understand the "why" of both my design process and the designs themselves.
My love of cable knitting animates a great deal of my design work. Cables continue to amaze me in their many, many permutations of the ways they manipulate and add texture to fabric, and I’m fascinated by using such a simple technique to create fascinating new forms of knitted fabric. I love helping knitters explore how cables work in knitting and how knitting these kinds of cabled projects can work for them, whether that’s in a class, in the text of my patterns, here on my blog, or in other media.
In addition to my self-published patterns and books, my work has been featured in By Hand Serial, Interweave Knits, Knit.Wear, and Interweave/F&W Media’s Wool Studio V, and I’ve been thrilled to collaborate on special designs with a number of small yarn companies, including Sincere Sheep, SpinCycle Yarns, Magpie Fibers, YOTH Yarns, mYak, Nutmeg Fibers, Quince & Co., and others. My digital patterns can be found on Ravelry and in yarn shops that participate in Ravelry’s In Store Sales program. My books and printed patterns are available at select yarn shops, including Los Altos’ own Uncommon Threads, and I teach knitting- and design-related topics throughout the Bay Area (and on occasion, elsewhere). A native of the Washington, D.C. area, I now live in a very small town south of San Francisco with my husband and two children.
I very much hope that you’ll find something that speaks to you here, whether it’s the designs themselves or the approach that went into their making. In the meantime, pull up a chair, grab your favorite skein and a cup of tea, and let’s get to work—it’s always sweater season somewhere.