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Published on May 1st, 2015 | by Angie

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Welcome to Independent Designer Month!

May is Indie Designer month at LoveKnitting, when we celebrate the thousands of gorgeous patterns from the wonderfully talented independent designers that sell with us. And to mark the occasion, if you buy an independent designer pattern you will get 10% off the yarn in your basket throughout the month!

Browse our independent designer patterns now or read on to learn more about our designers and the inspiration you can find at LoveKnitting! 

You may have noticed some new patterns on our website since late last year, when we launched LoveKnitting Designers to allow talented designers sell their unique patterns on the site. In January we teamed up with Ravelry to help independent designers avoid the struggles of tax responsibilities when selling to people in different countries. Since then, thousands of independent designers have signed up to sell their patterns on LoveKnitting, with patterns for almost anything you could think of.

Camilla pullover by Carrie Bostick HogeAbove: Camilla Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

What do I get when I pay for a pattern?

Time, talent and experience is lovingly invested into each and every independent designer pattern available on LoveKnitting. From dreaming up an idea, to constructing a rough draft, writing the pattern, having the pattern checked, knitting it, having it test knitted, formatting the pattern as a digital download, doing the photography and marketing: it’s a long old process. Many designers make their living creating patterns, developing new techniques and dedicating their lives to creating beautiful things. Just like a plumber trains to fix pipes, designers train to learn the structure of a garment, study the architecture of stitches, and many times pay people to test knit and photograph their designs.

To find out more about the life of knitwear designer, read our Independent Designer of the Week interviews here.

Seafarer cushion by Rebeccas Room - get the knitting pattern at LoveKnitting!Above: Seafarer’s Cushion by Rebecca’s Room

What’s Independent Designer month all about?

Simply put: LoveKnitting wants to celebrate our designers and their amazing range of designs! We spend a lot of time oooh and ahhing over the patterns on our site and want to share as many of them with you as possible! Check out what we will be doing to celebrate:

Across LoveKnitting:

Throughout the month of May, when you buy an independent designer pattern, you will get 10% off yarn! If you have a paid for independent designer pattern in your basket and one or more balls of yarn, you’ll receive 10% off the yarn price! The discount will be automatically applied to your basket.

LK-Homepage-banner-960-x-360 10% off yarn when you buy an independent designer pattern. Does not apply to Sale yarns

On Facebook:

This month we will be hosting ”Indie patterns A-Z,” where we will feature a different pattern each day to show the stunning array of designs available! You should also make sure that you keep your eyes peeled for Show Off Sundays, when we will ask our Facebook followers to share their Works in Progress and finished creations. Make sure you follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out!

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On Instagram:

On every Thursday this month, some of our fabulous independent designers will be taking over our Instagram! See what it’s like to spend a day in the shoes of a knitwear designer and learn what the spring season means to them.

Indie Designer Month - Independent Designer Take Over on LoveKnitting

On Pinterest:

We will be throwing a party on Pinterest indie designers will pin to a ”Spring Inspiration” board, showing all of us their fave independent designer patterns. They’ll also be pinning a typical day in the life of a designer and what inspires them about spring and the new growth that most of us in the northern hemisphere are starting to see! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Crocheted Daisy Afghan by Kraftling - get the pattern at LoveKnitting!Above: Crocheted Daisy Afghan by Kraftling

Thousands of independent designer patterns at LoveKnitting!Click this image to view all independent designer patterns!

Get pumped up for Indie Designer Month – who is your favorite designer?

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: May 1st, 2015.

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