5 minutes with Jana Huck
Jana Huck is one of our most-loved German designers with an amazing array of designs that feature gorgeous geometrical patterns and beautiful light scarves.
Hello Jana! Please tell us a little bit more about yourself!
I’m an independent designer, which means I design patterns for handknitting. I live in Lübeck by the North Sea in Germany. I love the gorgeous nature in the area I live in, the ocean and the people here.
How did you start knitting?
I started quite randomly, to be honest. I had some medical problems and quite a lot of free time. In the summer of 2008 I discovered knitting and I loved how it’s such a diverse hobby! I appreciate that still today.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in almost anything! Knitting is always on my mind, so everything I see can influence my designs. It can be everyday things like the shape of a vegetable or a leaf on a tree, but sometimes it’s more subtle and I only realize what influenced me once I’m done creating a pattern.
How would you describe your style?
What I truly love about knitting is that it’s so individual and that you can always break the rules. I can design whatever I like! I would say that all my designs are about discovering something new that hasn’t been done like that before. I love starting a project without knowing exactly how it is going to turn out in the end.
Could you describe how you design something? How do you get from your idea to the knitted piece?
I usually start with a sketch of the piece I want to create and a test swatch. Then I just start knitting and write down that my hands are forming. Usually the finished piece differs a bit from the sketch, that’s why I like knitting all my designs myself. You just need to do that to fully understand it. Then I take photos and write a short intro text to explain my inspiration for the pattern. After I have translated my pattern (sometimes from English to German, sometimes the other way around) I send it off to my editor. All my patterns are then finally knitted up by a few knitters to ensure the quality. It’s a long process but it’s necessary to ensure that the customers are going to be nothing but delighted with the finished product.
Above: Mytilus sweater by Jana Huck – click this image to download the pattern
Do you have any favourites amongst your own designs?
I love them all! That’s not very humble is it? There is always a few that are my current favourites though. I like “Mix It Up!” a lovely shawl that I published this summer that has a lovely Yin-Yang pattern. It’s very popular with my customers.
Are there any patterns of yours that are suitable for beginners?
Yes, there is a few although I have to admit there iaren’t too many. Beginners should try “See the Rhythm” – they should get on without too much of a struggle!
Who would you love to see in your designs?
Everybody! Young and old, curvy and slim, beautiful ones and ones less so (trust me, I have solidarity with those)! I would love for everybody to feel great in my designs. Having said that, it’s always a great compliment if another designer is wearing my pieces.
Oh and I think you would get me to do a little dance if any of my favourite podcasters or writers would wear something that I designed; Cara Santa Maria, Anna Kasparian or J. K. Rowling.
Is there colour combinations that you especially love?
I had a long phase where I loved everything orange, but now even I have seen too much of that! Lately I have been making lots of things in quieter grey and pastel hues. As much as I admire designers who are always coherent, my designs change with my moods.
What are your plans and new projects coming up?
Oh quite a lot actually! I have a great collaboration running with “Ito – fine yarns from Japan” which is going to preoccupy me for a while still. I’ve also been busy before Christmas working on my advent calendar project, which featured something new every day, took into consideration input from knitters and featured lovely stories, recipes or DIY projects plus a special scarf pattern.
Many thanks to Jana Huck for this glimpse into her life – click here to see all of her patterns!
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Last updated: January 20th, 2016.