Indie designer of the week: Annie Baker of JumperCablesKnitting
If you love to knit shawls, you’ll love Annie Baker of JumperCablesKnitting. With fresh, contemporary twists on traditional designs, these shawls are perfect for any knitter. Click here to see all of her patterns!
Hi Annie! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Annie Baker, I live in Toronto, Canada and I design knitting patterns under the name JumperCablesKnitting. I chose the name “JumperCablesKnitting” because my favourite things to knit are cabled jumpers. I’ve been knitting for over forty years. I am a wife and a mother of a grown daughter. I am also an animal lover and have two lovely dogs.
When and why did you first pick up the needles? What was your first project?
One of my aunts taught me to knit when I was ten years old. My first project was not a basic garter stitch scarf, but a pair of socks knit with four needles and Patons yarn.
What spurred you to take the leap into designing?
After over twenty years, I suddenly found myself no longer a part of the corporate working world. I had been doing a lot of knitting without patterns and finally decided to start writing them for other knitters.
How would you describe your design style?
My designs lean toward simple styles with clean lines. I like patterns that are easily memorized and projects that are portable. I feel it is important for designs to flatter different body types and to work well with a variety fibres and of yarn weights.
What is your most popular pattern and why do you think that is?
One of my most popular patterns is “Bella“. I think is is popular because it has a little bit of everything – knit and purl stitches, lace, adjustable sizing and yarn options. Also, it is portable and you can knit until you run out of yarn!
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone looking to start designing?
Try it! Everyone has a different style and the more creativity we bring to the knitting world, the more we enrich it.
Do you get much time to knit for yourself? If yes, what’s on your needles at the moment?
I have very little time to knit for myself. Designing, pattern writing and sample knitting takes up most of my knitting time.
Have you got any new patterns coming up? Anything you can tell us about now?
I have nothing planned, but one never knows when inspiration will strike!
If you were a yarn, what would you be and why?
I would be a DK weight yarn. It is a versatile weight and works well for our cold Canadian winters.
Thanks, Annie – we love your shawl patterns! To see all of JumperCablesKnitting’s patterns, click here.
To purchase the designs featured here: click on the image of the design you wish to purchase; this will take you to the page where you can add the downloadable pattern to your basket. You can then continue shopping or check out using the normal checkout process. Happy knitting!
Last updated: June 9th, 2015.