Indie designer of the week: Isabell Kraemer
We caught up with designer Isabell Kraemer to find out just what inspires her to create and knit! Check out all her gorgeous sweater patterns here, designed with an eye for contemporary fashion and versatility.
When and why did you first start knitting?
My grandma tried to teach me how to knit when I was a young girl…and failed. She never made a second attempt. So a few years later I had to teach myself and learned knitting from old knitting books. Why?..hmmm…I think it’s the same reason why I do it now…it’s freaking cool what one can do with 2 sticks and some yarn!
Tell us the story of your first knitting pattern…
My first pattern… I don’t think I would call it a real pattern, was Muse N, a little shrug that I made some years ago. I got so many requests from people asking how I made it, that I wrote down my notes on my blog. The first graded pattern was Paulie, a striped cardigan with a garter stitch yoke, knitted from the top down. I named it after my nephew Paul, because it was designed when he was born in 2011.
Talk us through a day in the life of a knitwear designer!
First there is a cup of coffee (more likely two or even three of them…hahaha) and some stitches on my current project during breakfast, then I have to check emails, messages, and so on. As I am still working part time for an arts and craft store, where I teach kids craft classes, the next hours are spent ‘at work’. When I am back home there’s always some back office work to be done and the rest of the day is spend with sample knitting, pattern writing, sketching new designs, having a look through my ravelry group, swatching, playing with new yarns..and so on.
What is your most popular pattern?
Which of your patterns would you recommend for a fairly simple project, and for someone looking for a real challenge?
Most of my patterns are rather simple, though they are listed as intermediate, because most of them start with a heavy set of short-rows…even Monte Rosa with its patterned back is fairly simple.
Above: Monte Rosa
What do you enjoy knitting for yourself?
I am a sweater girl…from the bottom of my heart!
What is your absolute must-have knitted accessory?
I love to knit and wear cowls.
If you were a yarn, what would you be and why?
Think I would be a fingering weight hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester, not as soft as a merino and for sure not as ‘hairy’, but still cozy, lustrous and with a wonderful drape.
Last updated: March 10th, 2015.