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3KCBWDAY3: Designers that make me drool

You know what I’m talking about. You look at a new design and instantly start salivating. Then, you glance at the byline and exclaim, ‘Oh, it’s by so-and-so… THAT’S why I love it!

Some designers have a knack for expressing their unique style and designing gift in every piece they publish… and these are my heroes. What more could you ask for than consistent awesomeness?

Here are my heroes:

Veera Valimaki

website: 100% Rain

Veera has a great eye for color and stripes… and her designs are so fabulously gorgeous (but surprisingly simple and relaxing knits), that I tend to find myself addicted.

What I’ve Knit: 3 Stripe Study Shawls, Different Lines, 2 Still Light Tunics

Next on my list: Color Affection

Heidi Kirrmaier

website: Heidi’s Ravelry Shop

I developed a long faves list of Heidi’s patterns before figuring out that they came from the same, genius designer. No surprise the knit-a-long for my LYS this month is her Vitamin D… everyone’s in love!

What I’ve Knit: Buttercup

Next on my list: Another Buttercup, then Raindance

Spilly Jane

website: SpillyJane at Blogspot

Spilly (Do you call her by her first name? I don’t know!) does amazing fair-isle designs that are modern and hilarious.


Photo from Spilly Jane’s Flickr page

What I’ve Knit: none yet

Next on my list: Swedish Fish Socks, then gnome socks

Stephen West

website: WestKnits

I hate sounding like a groupie… but this dude really does design some awesome shawls! He’s got a touch for geometric designs with awesome colorblocking.

What I’ve Knit: 2 Pogona Shawls

Next on my list: Spectra, then Earth & Sky and Flagstone

And more!

Ah! I can’t stop listing the awesomeness! Here are a few more of my faves:


Photo from Wool Buddy’s Etsy shop

Wool Buddy, who designs AMAZING needle-felting animals… I’m dying to try her owl kit.

(website: woolbuddy.com)

Anna of MochiMochiLand designs of the most fabulous knitted animals and characters. I’m always in awe! (website: mochimochiland)

Shannen of Sweet n’ Cute Creations is the designer of some of the most adorable amigurumi I’ve seen! They really are sweet and cute! (website: Sweet n Cute Creations)

Kirstin Johnstone designs incredibly modern and clever pieces… I’m knitting her Kyuu right now! (website: Assemblage)

Who are your heroes?

I can’t wait to browse through the rest of today’s Knit and Crochet Blog Week post… I’m hoping to find even more faves!

15 Responses to “3KCBWDAY3: Designers that make me drool”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been introduced to some new designers to check out!

  2. taraglenn8 says:

    Love the little owl!

  3. One of my consistently favorite designers is Kristin Omdahl. I just seem to love everything she designs! She’s even got a pineapple shawl! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-pineapple-blossom-shawl

  4. Truly Myrtle says:

    I’m knitting Buttercup at the moment and I’ve nominated Veera too! But Stephen West is cool as well – so many heroes!!!

  5. Thank you for introducing me to some amazing new designers and reminding me about some that I already knew about. There certainly is a lot of talent out there in the knit designer world.

  6. Karen says:

    They are all excellent! I love the striped shawl. It is gorgeous!

  7. Faith says:

    Great list! I keep seeing Vera Valimaki’s patterns everywhere — I am getting the bug!

  8. Tecrin says:

    Aaaah, those fish socks are so cool!

  9. Angela says:

    I’m a big fan of Spilly Jane! Love the socks, such a great color combination. I’m going to have to knit them too. :)

  10. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing so many interesting designers! And the striped shawl is gorgeous!

  11. siga says:

    Some designers really have their signature style. Both Veera and Heidi are among them.

  12. Kepanie says:

    You really picked some great ppl!

  13. Paula says:

    I also love Vera’s designs! And I’d love to knit one of Stephen’s shawls!

  14. Liz Washburn says:

    The shawl is beautiful. I love your blog’s clean design, too.

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