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Angela Hahn
I create patterns for knitters who enjoy the process AND want a final product that has been designed with fashion, fit and flattery in mind. Most of my patterns are intermediate in difficulty, with some suitable for the adventurous novice knitter. Texture and lace worked in unexpected directions, unusual methods of shaping, and decreases and increases worked into stitch patterns - these are some of the elements that inspire my designs.
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When you're ready to try a new knitting skill, such as cables, or lace, or short rows, or [insert new skill here], did you know that your choice of yarn can make it easier...or harder? Here are some factors to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Knititude
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By definition, a novice knitter has learned a limited number of knitting skills, which also limits the variety of suitable knitting projects. So it can be tricky to find patterns that help a novice knitter to learn new skills, yet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Knititude
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A few weeks ago I finally finished my Year of the Monkey design, the Shadow Monkey Hat-- just in time for the end of the year. Now that we've entered the Year of the Rooster, I've started thinking about what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Knititude
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Now available on both Ravelry and Loveknitting: the Truro Hat pattern! Like the Wellfleet Hat, it uses an innovative new cable from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook, AND it looks great from the "wrong" side (see the 3rd and 4th... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Knititude
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The Wellfleet Hat pattern is now available, both on Ravelry and on Loveknitting! I also call it the Wellfleet Reversible Hat, because the "wrong" side (below) is almost as nice as the "right" side (above)-- in fact, some may prefer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Knititude
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The pattern for the Lariana Cabled Pullover is now available for purchase! Named after the Penisola Lariana (Lariana Peninsula)*, this pullover is a modern take on the Aran sweater, at home in the mountains, the city or on the shore,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Knititude
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It was a year or two ago that I started thinking about designing a cabled pullover, often called a fisherman or Aran sweater (or jumper if you're British). There's no mystery about where this idea came from-- they were all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Knititude
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My latest design, the Zinnia Tank, utilizes short rows to shape the upper chest and back to the curved edge of the yoke. But I've used short rows in many designs and many places before, and not just in the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Knititude
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The ZInnia Tank pattern is available for purchase! (If interested in the design process, see here, here, here & here.) The boldly colored floral yoke is the focal point of this tank. In traditional Fair Isle fashion, only two colors... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Knititude
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After all that color swatching, I ended up with a very simple color scheme for the yoke for my Zinnia Tank. After realizing that the Teal was creating an unwanted distraction in the background between the flowers, I tried adding... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Knititude
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In Color Trials Part 2, I added three new colors to the four colors I had originally chosen for a design for a book of knitting patterns, and did a bunch of swatching. None of the swatches was quite what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Knititude
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Last week's post ended with many colors of yarn to play with. The above photo shows them in a different light than the photo I used at the end of my last post-- a good reminder that different light conditions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Knititude
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Although I love knitted colorwork and stranded or Fair Isle sweaters and accessories, I haven't created a lot of designs using multiple colors. Most of my stranded projects, like the Ferrovia collection or the Fish Isle Child's Pullover, use just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Knititude
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The Colubrida Wrap pattern appeared in the Interweave special issue Enchanted Knits 2014: Knits Fit for a Fairy Tale. The submission call for this issue, sent out in late 2013, stated: Be inspired by the generations who have imagined magical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Knititude
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Last week I wrote about my visit to the Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). I also saw the other two current exhibits, The Women of Harper's Bazaar and Denim: Fashion's Frontier. While... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Knititude
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This past week I was in NYC for a brief visit (less than 24 hours), staying in the Flatiron District. Or was it NoMad? I'm not sure. In any case, since I didn't want to waste my precious time in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Knititude
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In Chinese mythology, dragons and clouds go together: dragons create clouds with their breath, bring life giving rain, and are often pictured surrounded by stylized clouds. (Photo above from nationsonline.org.) So when I was working on the lace dragon for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Knititude
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A knitter contacted me to clarify the instructions for the sleeve increases for the Blue Ridge Sweater, which is one of the patterns in the Spring 2016 issue of interweave Knits. So I decided to include this information in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Knititude
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I published the pattern for the Circles Vest back in 2011, but I never did get around to writing about the design process, or suggesting substitute yarns, as I had promised. Since it's a great transitional layering piece, going from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Knititude
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The new Spring 2016 issue of Interweave Knits includes my Blue Ridge Sweater. It's worked in the round from the bottom up with a round yoke. The highly textured stitch pattern alternates a bobbled cable with a not-too-open lace panel.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Knititude
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"Spalle" is Italian for "shoulders," and since the shoulders are the focus of this design, I thought that would be an appropriate name. Published in the Winter 2015 issue of Twist Collective, the Spalle Pullover is worked seamlessly in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Knititude
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It used to be that magazines would keep the samples for the patterns they commissioned, but lately, it's more common that the samples are returned. The cynic in me says that in addition to running out of room to store... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Knititude
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Just released the pattern for this sleeveless tank-- and there's still time to knit it before the end of the summer. Madaket is named after a village on the island of Nantucket-- which is where I'm headed this weekend, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Knititude
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The Windley cap-sleeved top was recently published in the Spring issue of Twist Collective. Perfect for summer knitting, it's worked in the round from the top down, in a DK weight warm-weather-friendly cotton/microfiber yarn (Valley Yarns Longmeadow). I modified the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Knititude
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This pullover was a fun one to design and knit...especially since I had created the Fair Isle* fish motif some years ago. I've done several stranded designs over the years, and I've used a couple of methods to create the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Knititude