Designers Shawl knitting patterns byAnnie Baker of JumperCablesKnitting and an exclusive interview - read more at LoveKnitting!

Published on June 12th, 2015 | by Angie


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!

Interview with Annie Baker of JumpersCableKnitting: check out her Gumdrop shawl at LoveKnitting!Above: Gumdrop shawl

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.

Interview with JumpersCableKnitting: check out the NEato shawl on LoveKnitting!Above: Neato shawl

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.

Interview with Annie Baker: check out the Meringue shawl knitting pattern at LoveKnitting!Above: Meringue cowl shawl

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!

The Bella shawl knitting pattern is the most popular for JumperCablesKnitting. Read more at LoveKnitting!Above: Bella shawl

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.

The Meridian shawl by Annie Baker. Read more at LoveKnitting!


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.

Freesia shawl knitting pattern by Annie Baker of JumperCableKnits: read more on LoveKnitting!Above: Freesia shawl

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!


About the Author

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 and design fun patterns!

Last updated: June 9th, 2015.

6 Responses to Indie designer of the week: Annie Baker of JumperCablesKnitting

  1. Dianne says:

    So glad to read this! One of Annie’s patterns (January Scarf) was the first I knitted beyond the beginning things. And she was so helpful when I got confused.

    Fun to read where the name “Jumper Cables” came from. Around here, we keep a set of jumper cables in the car trunk to charge the battery if it dies.

  2. denise says:

    I like all your knitting patterns

  3. tisszy says:

    I’ve just started to design after knitting for 60 years. This has helped me no end. Thank you. Beautiful patterns.

  4. Belinda Davies says:

    I love all your patterns! I’m not really a shawl person but these really appeal to me and I shall be purchasing a few of the patterns to make for myself and friends
    Thank you

  5. Ceri says:

    Just downloaded 2 of these patterns – love the shapes! On reading the Calla pattern, I didn’t understand the PM abbreviation (round 4). Could you explain please?
    Many thanks – can’t wait to get started!

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