How long have you been knitting and from whom or what did you learn?
I grew up in Denmark, a country with a strong knitting tradition. Both of my grandmothers, my mom and aunts knit. I think I must have learned from them somewhere around age 5, I don't remember exactly, all I know is that when I entered school I knew how to knit and crochet.
How about designing? For how long have you been doing that?
As a little girl, before I could read patterns, I made clothes for my dolls. As an adult, for years, I designed and made many clothes and toys for my 6 kids and husband, and in the summer of 2010 I started submitting my designs to Interweave Knits. My first design was in the winter issue.
From which sources do you get your design inspiration?
When I see a nice stitch pattern or a design detail in any type of textile, it will marinate in my head for a while before I have a new design to put down on paper. I also get design ideas from the storyboards put out by IK.
How about your inspiration for this particular design?
I really liked the ruching on the "Tea Leaves Cardigan" by Melissa LaBarre and last summer I came up with a design for a little girl's tee for my youngest daughter and she really loved her tee.
What was most challenging about designing the ruched yoke tee? What challenges did you encounter in working it up yourself?
I always find the math the most challenging and also the most satisfying aspect of designing. I don't particularly enjoy knitting with cotton so that was the most challenging part of knitting the tee.
What if any recommendations do you have for modifying this pattern (i.e. plus size, larger bust, etc.)
The pattern already comes in sizes from child's size 2 all the way to size 55 ¼” bust circumference and I don't think it would be hard to make it bigger. I am a pretty curvy girl so I included some bust short rows on my own tee; it would be easy to do some bust short rows about one inch down from the armhole.
Given your pick of any fiber you could dream of, which would you choose?
I am partial to wool or a silk/wool blend both for knitting, dyeing and spinning.
Who’s your favorite knitter in the history of time?
I very much enjoy Elizabeth Zimmermann's books and think it would have been a real treat to meet her in person.
Thanks, AnneLena. I can’t wait to begin my own (we’ll agree to disagree about the merits of cotton)! Casting on your own version of the Ruched Yoke Tee? I’d love to see your finished projects and the ways in which you make them your own. E-mail me your photos and see them in a future post at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best in your stitching endeavors,