Cecily Glowik MacDonald
This week, we are chatting with Cecily Glowik MacDonald, designer of chic shrugs, sweaters, and accessories. Her lace and cable details will make knitters swoon!
When did your knitting adventure begin – when did you first pick up the needles, and why?
I mentioned to a friend that I would like to learn to knit, and for Christmas 2003 she gave me a copy of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch’n Bitch book. At the time, I was living in Brooklyn, NY, having moved there after graduating college as a Fine Arts Major with a concentration in oil painting. I was finding it difficult to use oil paints in a tiny Brooklyn apartment without adequate ventilation. A week after receiving the book I went out and bought my first skein of yarn (Cascade 220) and needles and began to learn to knit. Between the Stitch’n Bitch book and the internet, I learned how to knit and was immediately addicted!
Your patterns all include subtle but very fashionable details. What’s your inspiration for creating the details like tailoring, delicate cables, and lace panels?
My goal when designing a knitting pattern is to keep it a relatively easy piece to knit but with enough simple- to- work details to make it interesting. I love the meditative aspect of knitting and I like to keep my designs uncomplicated enough to still allow for that. But of course, I want the finished knit to be something that I would love to wear, so I also look out for new fashion shapes and trends that I find appealing and can work into a knit piece. In working on a painting it is important to make sure that the parts work together for the overall pleasing composition, I try to do this with my knits as well.
Tell us about your projects – where did they begin?
The very first project I ever designed was also my first knit. I made a scarf for the friend that gave me the Stitch’n Bitch book. It was a sampler type scarf made up of a bunch different knit and purl patterns. As soon as I started knitting, I wanted to come up with my own designs to knit. After the scarf I began a cardigan. I did not yet have enough understanding of knitting math to completely start from scratch, so I took parts from a bunch of sweater patterns with the same stitch gauges, put them together and added a simple lace panel.
If you have time to knit for yourself, what do you like to knit? What is your Ultimate Project?
I’m very lucky, all of the pieces I knit and design for self publishing are things that I want to knit and wear at the moment.
What projects do you have coming up – any juicy gossip about new patterns that you can share with us?
I am very excited about some projects I am working on for next year! My lovely and talented friend Melissa LaBarre and I are co-authoring our third book together with Interweave Press. I am so happy with the collection, we were very lucky to have received some beautiful designs from some very talented designers. We are both also going to be designing some pieces for Quince and Co as part of their design team 2016. And, of course, I have many pieces in the works for self publishing this fall and winter.
That’s all from Cecily Glowik MacDonald for now – click the image below to see all her patterns. Thanks for chatting with us today, Cecily!
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Last updated: September 21st, 2015.