Indie Design Spotlight – Friends of Around the World in 80 Skeins

What do I mean friends of Around the World in 80 Skeins? How can a website have friends? Well, last fall I set out on an adventure to interview fiber arts designers from around the world about what inspires them. It turns out, that 10 of the designers I interviewed last year are participating in the GAL this year!

Today’s spotlight shows my favorite pattern from each of these designers and links to their interviews from the tour.


Lee MeredithWizzö

Copyright Lee Meredith

Yarn weight: Bulky (but info for other weights!)
Amount: 200-400 yards
Why I love it: You can wear it a ton of different ways and since it’s made in Bulky it’s perfect for quick gifts!
Check out our interview!

Hanna MaciejewskaFino

Copyright Daniel Maciejewski

Yarn weight: Fingering
Amount: 1140 – 1860 yards
Why I love it: The sweater drapes beautifully and there is a gorgeous eyelet panel on the back (selfish knitting, anyone?)
Check out our interview!

Shannon SquireManteau: A Knitter’s Poncho

Copyright Vivian Aubrey

Yarn weight: Worsted
Amount: 880 – 1000 yards
Why I love it: I just need this poncho in my life, I mean, you need this poncho in your life (unless you want to knit it and give to me, which is cool too). It has the look of a sweater but the ease of a poncho – love it.
Check out our interview!

Lena FedotovaGrow Your Molecule Blanket

Copyright Lena Fedotova

Yarn weight: Worsted
Amount: 1469 yards
Why I love it: This blanket uses different geometric shapes to make an endless number of variations.
Check out our interview!

Inês SousaOutonal

Copyright Inês Sousa

Yarn weight: Fingering
Amount: 367 – 422 yards
Why I love it: It’s a rainbow gradient shawl that’s adjustable to whatever size you want – what’s not to love?
Check out our interview!

Marcela ChangSouthern Star

Copyright Marcela Chang

Yarn weight: Sport
Amount: 160 yards
Why I love it: This is a beautiful fair isle hat with a star motif available in 3 sizes – a perfect wintry gift!
Check out our interview!

Stephannie TallentQuatrefoil Fingerless Mitts

Copyright Kathy Cadigan

Yarn weight: Fingering
Amount: under 300 yards
Why I love it: They’re so pretty and I know at least 5 people in my life who would wear the heck out of these.
Check out our interview!

Natalie PelykhStrawberry Semifreddo

Copyright Natalie Pelykh

Yarn weight: Sport
Amount: 295 – 328 yards
Why I love it: The cables are amazing, the straps make it look like an pilot’s helmet, and because it’s adorable and I want my daughter to wear one. And off topic, Natalie’s models are the most beautiful children in the world.
Check out our interview!

Anjali MTanvi

Copyright affiknity

Yarn weight: Fingering
Amount: 340 – 575 yards
Why I love it: Every little lady needs a lacy cardigan in their wardrobe and this one is precious and available in 7 sizes from 6 months – 10 years!
Check out our interview!

Lily GoTenta Cowl

Copyright Lily Go

Yarn weight: DK
Amount: 145 – 207 yards
Why I love it: You can get a kit with the yarn (that Lily also makes!) and the beads. Perhaps the kit can be the gift for a knitter you realllly love!
Check out our interview!

All of the patterns listed are 25% off with code giftalong2015 through November 27, 2015 at 11:59pm (US-EST). Pick up a discounted pattern (or 10) and then come join us in the 2015 Indie Design Gift-A-Long!

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