Get to know Tian Connaughton, a Knit and Crochet Designer, Technical Editor of patterns, Blogger at KnitDesigns by Tian, and an all around yarn craft entrepreneur.
One of my goals for Hands Occupied this year is being less buttoned up. Today I want to share more about what my first year as a full time knit & crochet designer looked like. Brace yourselves – it was a doozie!
The Mod Maze Pillow features flat, center-out construction, which is a great way to learn techniques to help you level up your knitting skills.
Tasked with designing a garment inspired by birthstones, I was excited to develop a custom motif that looks like pear-shaped rubies. Using a combination of easy increases and decreases, short rows, twisted stitches and more, you’ll be able to knit an elegant finished piece with this pattern.
It’s so hard to narrow down picks of the week this time of year because there are so many good ideas coming out every day!
Now that I’m designing full time, I’m finding myself in the delightful position of having a lot of designs on my plate. As a result, I am going to be in need of some test knitters (and soon test crocheters as well!) for designs.
April showers bring… a new crop of gorgeous knitting patterns! In news that will surprise no one, there were a bunch of freaking amazing shawls released this month, on top of a handful of sweaters that are just so simple and elegant. Plus a pair of socks I need to cast on for every outdoorsy person in my life.
This month, I’ve got lots of fingering weight yarn on my needles, and the designs I’m working on are all going to be accessories. Let’s take a look at the yarn I’m working with these days.
I’m so excited to be partnering with Bijou Basin Ranch on this knit along for my new Delta Hat pattern. With a full rainbow of colors to choose from, I can’t wait to see the many color and button combos people knit Delta Hats in!