When you are a knitwear designer you are always running out of knitting time.
There are so many other things that must get done besides actually knitting: swatching, pattern writing and grading, photography, photo editing, uploading pattern to online marketplaces, social media management, marketing, pattern support...
So the truth is, it feels like any leftover time should be spent knitting, and any stitch knitted should be going toward a future design, or a potential future design anyway. Otherwise it feels wrong somehow!
I have a fantasy of taking a couple of months off and knitting only other people's patterns. No guesswork, no note-taking, no calculating, no frogging and re-knitting... Ah, one can dream! ;)
1) Best lightweight cardigan:
Breiðárlón cardigan by Christelle Nihoul
When this design came out I was instantly smitten. The flirty swingy shape, the flattering fit, even the yarn color is totally my style.
2) Best tank top:
Airgead by Mona C. NicLeòid
This one just came out and boy is it tempting. Sporty and easy yet super sophisticated and well-fitting, I could myself wearing this with skinny jeans for a night out or paired with a long flowy skirt to do touristy things while on vacation somewhere warm.
3) Best summer shawl:
Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart
In Northern Germany where I live, the wind can get quite strong even when it's sunny out, so it's always a good idea to have a breezy scarf or shawl on hand. I love the shape of this one and the lace isn't too fussy. I particularly love aqua version below knit in a gradient yarn.
4) Best dress up top:
Morla by Jana Huck
I love how flirty and feminine this one is, and I probably would knit it just like that, in grey, otherwise I think it might be overkill for me. But with a tank top, easy loose hair and a pair of jeans, I think it's styled to perfection here.
5) Best summer stole:
Atlas by Kieran Foley
This one just floors me. There's absolutely no chance that I'd ever have time to knit it and that's unfortunate because how special is it? Incredible.