Designer Spotlight – Teri Christensen (12.21.10)

Quick reminder that Vampire Knits is now in kindle and ebook form!  Also, for any errata, go HERE.  And now, without further adoo…  meet one of our designers!!

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I’ve been knitting since 2007, and my neighbor—an older lady from Denmark—taught me my first stitches and helped me make my first project: a dishcloth!

How did you start designing?

I started designing patterns a few months after I started knitting.  I was having difficulty finding basic, easy patterns for everyday things (like baby socks and fingerless gloves), so I came up with my own patterns.  While I do like to design some crazy things—like a 9 foot long Colossal Giant Squid—I mostly design for  beginning to intermediate skilled knitters and crocheters.

What was your first design?

My first design was my “Little 16” Newborn Socks.  They’re a great, fast project and the pattern is easy to memorize.  The name of the pattern comes from the fact that I use a 16 round repeat for the leg of the sock and then 16 rounds for the foot of the sock.

I was also listening to a lot of Depeche Mode at the time I came up with the design—LOVE THEM!!—and their song “Little 15” was stuck in my head, so I guess this pattern is also a tribute to them.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?

I designed the Paw Print Mitts for Vampire Knits, and I was inspired by Jacob Black in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books and his secret life as a werewolf.

My goal was to design something that would look like an ordinary pair of fingerless gloves at first glance but that also had a secret that could be revealed if the wearer so desired.  The 1×1 ribbing and short cuff of the pattern reflect the fact that Jacob is a “no frills” kind of guy, and they also make the mitts easy to put on and take off, which is just the thing for a werewolf on the go.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

Edward Cullen is my favorite vampire, and Twilight is my favorite vampire story.  I’m also a big fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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