kerriknits kerriknits

665 posts   1270 followers   705 followings

Kerri Blumer  Knitwear designer, food maker, outdoor lover. - Get exclusive coupon codes for new designs delivered straight to your inbox ✨⬇️✨

https://linktr.ee/kerriknits

Do you ever shy away from sweater knitting because of at the same time shaping instructions? It can definitely be frustrating to keep track of everything. My knit design superpower is making tools that do all the hard work for you, so all you need to do is knit!
---
My upcoming Tremont Pullover pattern includes a construction diagram that shows where all the shaping and stitch patterns are placed. Then, there's the fun bit - the pattern comes with a set of Shaping Tables that put all those instruction sets into an easy to use checklist. You’ll never have to remember which row of the stitch pattern you should be working, or if you need to work shaping on that row or not - the Shaping Table keeps track of everything for you!
---
The Tremont Pullover pattern is coming next week - be sure you're on my newsletter list to get a coupon code on release day! You can sign up to make that happen at the link in my profile.
---
#kerriknits #tremontpullover #brandstorychallenge #day4 #handknit #sweaterknit #madelinetosh #knittersofinstagram #sweaterknitting #knitstagram #instaknit #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #knittinglove #knittinglife #fiberboss #knitter

Knitting is kinda like climbing a mountain. You see the peak and you know you want it, but you're also willing to take the journey, step by step, to get there - or in our case, stitch by stitch!
---
So much of the joy, excitement, and accomplishment comes from when you're back at the bottom of the mountain, looking up at the peak and remembering the view from the top and the journey. Do you feel the same about your handknits? We should grab a coffee together - or go for a hike!
---
P.S. I'm making slow, steady progress on my Tremont Pullover. This first sleeve is a little less than half done after a little time spent on it yesterday evening and this morning. The pattern is coming next week, and newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when it drops - and get a coupon code delivered to their inbox! Make sure you're on the list - signup link is in my profile!
---
#kerriknits #brandstorychallenge #tremontpullover #knitdesign #knitforthejourney #handknit #handmadewardrobe #sweaterknit #sweaterdesign #knitter #igknitters #instaknit #instaknitters #knittersofig #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #madelinetosh #fiberboss #knittinglove #knitlife

Sometimes things don't happen in the way we expect, or with the timing we expect. I thought I'd have these sleeves done by now, but I'm just barely started on the first one! I know it'll get done in good time even if it's not the original timeline.
---
A year ago, I was in a very different place than I am now. I had just decided to commit to turning my hobby of design into a business. I had been making slow progress, making new designs here and there, but I was always disappointed that I couldn't meet my goals, and I finally realized what was stopping me - me.
---
My business and life changed in January. My boyfriend had just quit his job to start a boot camp and pivot careers into computer programming, and a few short weeks later, I lost my job in a round of layoffs. Things started clicking when I realized I was actually kind of excited by the situation - I was ready for a fresh start, and thanks to a healthy emergency fund, I knew I could take the time to make smart decisions, not scared ones.
---
While looking for my next job, I also took time to think about what I really wanted from my both business and my life. I worked through Tara Swiger's Map Your Business book, made a plan, and worked out the details of how to make it happen. And step by step, I'm working towards those goals - and meeting them. Not always in the order I thought they'd be, and sometimes I have to re-evaluate and adjust my plans and goals. But I'm moving forward, and that's a good direction.
---
#kerriknits #brandstorychallenge #day2 #knitdesign #tremontpullover #handknit #madelinetosh #knitter #knitstagram #instaknit #instaknitters #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #knittinglife #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

My why is exploration. Finding a way to turn yarn and a paper sketch into a beautiful object that you can love and wear every day - and forging a path (or pattern) so others can find their way, too.
---
You could say that my knitting patterns are just a set of instructions to get you from point A (yarn) to point B (finished object) - but that "to", the journey in between and your experience in it, is where you spend the most time as a knitter.
---
My goal as a designer is to provide you with a toolkit on your knitting expedition to make sure your journey is as smooth as possible, and that you're confident in the steps you take along the way. You can always pick from charted or written instructions in my patterns, and more complex garment designs include a worksheet set to help you keep track of shaping and stitch patterns in an easy row by row checklist. I'm a firm believer that any knitting project is within your reach, and I'm excited to be your guide as you explore these knits.
---
#brandstorychallenge #day1 #kerriknits #mywhy #knitdesign #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #handknit #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #yarnlove #redscarffundraiser #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

Spending this Sunday morning with my cowl project and a cup of coffee. I just love the morning light in my studio - and that I can take the time to enjoy these quiet moments before getting going on the rest of today's tasks.
---
Sunday is usually my chore day - full of cleaning, laundry, meal planning, and running errands for the week. After those are all done, it'll be back to pattern writing, along with some swatching for a couple design submission calls that are due soon. Taking the time to relax and knit in the morning helps to energize me for the day ahead!
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #andironcowl #redscarffundraiser #knitting #handknit #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knittinglove #yarnlove #knitallthethings #knittersgonnaknit #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

Lots of squishy cables have been flying off my needles! I've been making sure to get a bit of knitting time in between bursts of pattern writing. My Tremont Pullover pattern is nearly ready for my editor, which means I'll be able to get even more knitting time in this weekend.
---
My knitting plans for the weekend:
✨getting lots of progress in on this cables cowl (I love how it's turning out so far)
✨ripping out the short sleeve hems on my Tremont Pullover so I can work up the final 3/4 sleeves for the sample
✨lots of swatching for a few upcoming projects and submission calls!
What are your knitting plans this weekend?
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #knitting #cableknit #handknit #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #instaknit #instaknitters #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #redscarffundraiser #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #knittersgonnaknit #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

Yesterday I had a very happy mail day! This gorgeous package of @anzulaluxuryfibers landed on my doorstep, thanks to kind friends who helped make an introduction while I was at TNNA in June. I can't wait to turn this beautiful sage-y green into a sweater this winter! What happy mail have you gotten recently?
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #anzula #yarnlove #yarnstash #handdyedyarn #knitting #handknit #sweaterknitting #sweaterdesign #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #instaknit #instaknitters #igknitters #knittersofig #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #yarnspiration #nevernotknitting #knitallthethings #knittersgonnaknit #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

No knitting progress today, so here's s little closeup of the neckline of my Tremont Pullover - there's just a little bit of ribbing that transfers into a gently rolled stockinette finish.
---
Instead of knitting I've been working hard on pattern writing for this top and also for my new cowl and scarf designs - the scarf pattern will be going to a sample knitter so I need to get that one finished up ASAP! The sweater doesn't have as solid of a deadline, but I'm planning on a late August release - so that really means my pattern needs to be with my tech editor by the end of the week!
---
Since this design is a top down raglan with a good bit of at the same time shaping, I'll be creating a shaping table workbook like I did with the Aguacero Cardigan pattern. Shaping tables give an at-a-glance view of what shaping instructions are happening on each rows, and give you a place to check off your rows as you go. It's a bit of extra work on my end, but it makes the knitting a lot easier to just pick up and go! I'll make sure to share peeks of the tables as I work on them so you can see a shaping table in action.
---
#kerriknits #tremontpullover #patternwriting #knitdesign #knitting #handknit #handmadewardrobe #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #instaknit #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #sweaterknit #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #nevernotknitting #knitallthethings #knittersgonnaknit #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove #madelinetosh

I promise I haven't forgotten about my Tremont Pullover! It's just been a little slower going since I've had to divide my attention between this sweater and my new cowl and scarf designs I've been sharing lately.
---
I've also decided to knit the sleeves twice so I can share pattern photos for both sleeve length options - this is the short sleeve version, and I'll be ripping out the hem later this week to knit up 3/4 length sleeves that I want for my final sweater.
---
It's always fun providing options in my knitting patterns - it means you can make the perfect project without having to do too much extra work! Want to be the first to know when this pattern gets released? Make sure you're on my newsletter list! You'll get an email on release day with all the pattern details and a coupon code exclusively for subscribers. Sign up at the link in my profile!
---
#kerriknits #tremontpullover #knitdesign #sweaterknit #sweaterknitting #handmadewardrobe #handknitwardrobe #handknit #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #instaknit #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove #madelinetosh #yarnlove #toshmerinolight

It's a dark, rainy morning so I started today with a bit of candlelight as I worked on designs this morning. I've landed on the worsted weight yarn for both the cowl and the scarf designs - the heavier weight really helps to keep the cables dimensional and squishy, just what I was going for.
---
I'm loving using my knit design worksheets as I'm working through these projects - it's the perfect place to record gauge and design notes, and create to do lists for the process as I work. I'll even be able to get the pattern launch planned out well in advance so I can have a smooth and stress free launch day.
---
If you're a designer and you want to streamline your design process and make launch day a breeze - I have good news for you! You can get your own set of knit design worksheets to help you out along the way ✨ Buy one or two to try them out or get a discount when you buy a year's design supply (10 or more worksheets). Click the link in my profile to buy yours!
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #knitting #knitter #handknit #knitbiz #knitdesigner #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #knitallthethings #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #nevernotknitting #fiberboss #knittinglove #yarnlove #knitlife #knitlove #redscarffundraiser

Spending time this Sunday relaxing with a glass of wine, a luscious knit, and good company ❤️I hope you are taking some time for yourself to relax as you prepare for the week ahead ✨
---
This snapshot is from a few days ago when I got the yarn my new designs for the #redscarffundraiser, but tonight looks essentially the same - but now I'm enjoying a glass of wine while I dive into these lovelies to work on the final project! I already knit up swatches (I got yarn in two weights to pick which would work best), and I'll make sure the share the results of my final decision!
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #knitting #handknit #selfcareknitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #igknitters #instaknitters #knittersofig #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knittingandwine #nevernotknitting #knitallthethings #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove #yarnlove

Here's a peek at a little something that'll be coming out later this year - this cowl is one of two designs I'll be creating for a project that @knitspot is putting together! The second is a matching scarf, because you know how much I love matching accessories (and also his-and-hers options)! Swatching started yesterday, and I'll be working on the actual project very soon. Anyone else casting on new projects this weekend?
---
I'll be sharing snippets of progress as I work through these designs, which is gonna make my feed look a little christmas-y for a while since I'm getting close to finishing that green sweater I'm working on 🎄😂I guess this also means the end of my knitting monogamy streak I've been on. It was good while it lasted, but I'm excited to get going on these new designs!
---
#kerriknits #knitdesign #knitting #handknit #knitaccessories #knitcowl #knitscarf #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #igknitters #knittersofig #instaknitters #knitting_inspiration #knitspiration #knitallthethings #nevernotknitting #yarnlove #knittinglove #fiberboss #knitlife #knitlove

Most Popular Instagram Hashtags