For our new fall knitting pattern collection Burnished, designer Megan Goodacre contributed not just one but two stunning patterns – the lovely Cartier Cowl Neck Sweater and the stunning Chalet Scarf! Let’s see what sparks Megan’s creativity as we get a small glimpse into her world of knitting pattern design and learn more about the process and technique.
design inspiration: Patterns are so mesmerizing! I collect books with pattern collections just to look at them. So designing the Chalet scarf was a fun chance to put pattern into action. The simplest geometric shapes and shifting colors make it so satisfying to look at.
Megan’s Chalet Scarf and Cartier Cowl Neck Sweater (for the Burnished collection)
must-have workspace tools: Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and My Mac (mac-girl since 1990). My sexy Manfrotto tripod with pivoting central post. Yeah, baby.
My Canon 50D, a reflector for photography and a mannequin for pinning.
Several needle gauges because I keep losing them, lots of interchangeable Knit Picks needles, sharp pointy scissors and a scale.
absolute favorite fiber: Cashmere. No wait, silk! No, merino. It’s probably cashmere.
current color crush: Smoky greys, neutrals, chartreuse with a tiny splash of orange-red.
top down or bottom up: Both! Top down: small cast on and pick up underarm stitches for pure seamlessness. Bottom up: get the body over with first, and think about the yoke while I’m knitting, graft underarm for a smooth finish.
You can find Megan’s design here:
And you can find the collection here:
Megan is a graphic artist and knitting designer from Vancouver Island. She has been knitting for over thirty years, and is inspired by colour theory, modern design, and beautiful yarn. When she’s not knitting, she is writing about knitting at www.tricksyknitter.com. Megan’s knitting designs have been published in Interweave Knit.Wear, Twist Collective, Creative Knitting, and Knit Magazine.