Saturday, February 5, 2011

More ample patterns: Claudia Krisinski

I stumbled upon a treasure trove of ample patterns that you need to know about. The pirate who put together this little box of wonder? Claudia Krisinski, a talented designer who routinely expands her size range to accommodate the ample among us. Here's how Claudia describes herself on Ravelry:
Have been designing sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, socks, toys, shawls and felted things for almost 25 years, and I learn something new all the time. I am addicted to circular knitting in any and all forms, and worship at the feet of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen. At this point I have written 400 patterns, which are available for PDF download.
I'm not going to tell you about all 400 patterns, but we'll start with three. First up, check out this classic raglan called Heather's Cardigan. Knit in my perennial favorite Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, this design comes in sizes from 38" - 63" finished bust. The cardigan is knitted in the round (read: no seams, Teresa) and sports tiny, feminine center cables. The heck with Heather! Heather's Cardigan would make a great cardigan for me.

Another Claudia design worth ooing and ahhing over is the Mossy Vine Cabled Sweater, another classic design you could wear forever because it never goes out of style. This sweater, which comes in sizes from 38" - 66" finished bust, is a straight-sided, saddle-shouldered pullover worked seamlessly from the top down.

As I've said previously, I won't wear horizontal stripes because I don't want to look as wide as the horizon. Unfortunately, vertically striped sweaters usually don't look right to me either. I do like this design from Claudia, however which manages to look like a vintage Scandanavian pullover. I guess that's why it's called a Faroe Vine Sweater.  This pattern comes in sizes from 36" - 69" finished bust.

All of these patterns are available and downloadable through Countrywool, Claudia's yarn store located in Hudson, NY. Thank you, Claudia, for clothing the ample among us!.


  1. Julie--

    I just bought her Mossy Vine Cabled Sweater...simply gorgeous!!!

    Chris (chrisg26 on Ravelry)

  2. I love the Mossy Vine!!!
    Waaaah!!! Now I have a whole list of sweaters I want to make!
    It just keeps getting better and better.

  3. Woo Hoo! More goodies for us!
    How do you ever find them, Julie?
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Maybe I could be delusional and respond that I look for patterns so you don't have to??? :-)