Today I start with a mea culpa. I've been meaning to write about Sue Peterson of Olio Knits for some time. However, some designers are really intimidating to write about! Sue Peterson is one of those leading lights with designs that are classy yet not impossible. In fact that's her stated goal with Olio Knits. Without further ado or intimidation: I begin my blog about Sue Peterson.
Sue Peterson, who refers to herself as Sue so I hope she will not mind if I also refer to her as Sue, gives a lovely introduction to her designs on Ravelry. (If you aren't a member... it's time to join!) It's a rather extensive bio so I will just quote the relevant comments; "The goal of Olio Knits is to provide easy to follow patterns that you will wear and be proud of when you are finished. All of the patterns have been tested on actual knitters so that the wording is as clear as possible. While owning a knit shop, I found that customers would often bring patterns into the store for a translation. After I explained the pattern, I don’t know how many times I heard a customer say “why didn’t they just say that!”" Sue Peterson has featured patterns at many knitting shops around the country but she maintains her independence. A really excellent role model for young designers like my daughter. Reminds me of that quote "She believed she could, so she did"!
Sue talks about beginning the art of knit design by designing sweaters on her blog which you can read here. Her sweater patterns are gorgeous and even her "oldies" have a timeless look. I particularly love the Pleated and Pocketed Cardigan. A stand out garment to highlight any outfit. Of course Sue Peterson being a professional offers a video to help learn the process of making the pleats for this sweater on her blog . I also like the "Gertie" pattern featured on her website here. I like the bell shaped sleeves and the gentle fit. At a certain point in my life I no longer required heavy sweaters to keep me warm. I guessing the fact that this sweater is made entirely in garter stitch will appeal to the beginner knitter. This sweater has a zillion possibilities for those of us who have been knitting a while. Flowers, blocks of color, using a gradient yarn or yarns, or a lovely self-striping yarn.
Of course a designer of Sue Peterson's caliber could not just stick to making sweaters. Accessories include the Crooked Walk Hat and Scarf are really eye catching because of the stitch. The Robin Capelet is perfect for Spring. It's beautiful in it's grace and simplicity. A great addition to any wardrobe. Another excellent choice for early Spring or Fall is the Ruana Wrap. Right now in the Northern Adirondacks we're experiencing some tumultuous weather. This wrap would really be the perfect thing to pull on when leaving the house. Need a simple yet timeless piece? Check out Mrs. Carson's Tweed, a diagonally knit, triangle shaped shawl.
Ponchos are still popular. Especially those that are square in shape. Sue Peterson has 4 poncho offerings on Ravelry, all of which have the square shape. Ani Poncho, worked flat and oversized with a drop stitch element. This pattern is worked in cotton yarn to make it light weight. Nice! The Remy poncho comes in 2 different yarn weights. Worsted Remy Poncho, and Remy in bulky weight. Two perfect choices if you are going to use them to make gifts! My favorite by far, and also most detailed, would be the Lexie Poncho. It is cabled, very textured and totally amazing. It's going on my ever growing list of things to make for myself.
I think I'll stop here and let you investigate the rest of Olio Knits fantastic designs! I would also encourage you to check out her Facebook page @Olioknits. There you can keep up with the latest on Sue Peterson's needles, get some tips and tricks, along with updates from her terrific blog!
Be sure to let Sue Peterson know how much you appreciate her hard work and professionalism if you do stop by her pages. I'm glad there are people like Sue Peterson out in the design world inspiring others.
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