Designer Feature: Meghan Jones
As we celebrate the launch of the Knitter’s Planner, here on the blog we will spend the month learning a bit more about the amazing designers that brought us the four patterns in our 2022 Patterns section.
The first designer in the lineup is Meghan Jones of Little NutMeg Productions. Meghan has a BFA in Fibers and Textiles and designs knitwear full-time. She loves to create tutorials to accompany her patterns. She lives in the inland Northwest with her husband, four kids, two dogs, two cats, and eight chickens. Be sure to visit Meghan’s website to see more of her work.
Not only did Meghan Design the beautiful Pinwheel Cardigan, she also served at Creative Consultant for the Knitter’s Planner this year, working closely alongside editor Lorinda throughout the development of our 2022 planner. She refined and re-wrote portions of our Reference Section, helped us make connections in the knitting community, contributed knitting tips, answered a myriad of questions and really brought everything together for us!
The Pinwheel Cardigan
Worked with a charming combination of quilt-inspired patterning, the Pinwheels Cardigan uses simple knit and purl stitches for excellent surface texture. This drop-sleeve, bottom-up cardigan is mostly seamless and features a wide front collar. The pattern includes 8 sizes, which fit bust sizes ranging from 32″ to 72″. Our sample below was made with SweetGeorgia Superwash DK in the colorway Mellow.
Our Interview with Meghan
It’s always fun to get to know our knitting friends better, so we took some time to interview Meghan about her design process and knitting life.
Thank you so much for designing such a beautiful project for our 2022 Knitter’s Planner! Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind it?
My mom is a quilter (and a knitter) and I spent a lot of my childhood helping her design and create quilts. This cardigan uses texture patterns that are inspired by traditional quilting patterns for a great hobby crossover look!
Tell us a little about the yarns you worked with for your project.
For this project I was incredibly lucky to use Superwash DK from Sweet Georgia Yarns in a luscious gold, this yarn has an incredible twist and it is excellent for showing off deep texture. The beautiful semi-solid colorway enhances the texture of the patterning without overwhelming the more subtle elements.
How do you go about designing knitwear? What is your design process?
First and foremost I design a garment in my mind, I visualize and knit the item from start to finish, substituting and making adjustments to the style and patterning all in my head. Then I create the chart, knit a swatch, measure my gauge and write the entire pattern before I knit the sample.
What type of yarns are you drawn to? Would you say you have a distinctive style?
I am totally and completely drawn to color, I also really love a good solid 3 ply wool, or a wool alpaca blend.
Tell us a bit about your knitting space. Do you have a dedicated space just for knitting?
I have a studio upstairs with a huge window that houses all my yarn, books and a great big desk for writing patterns at. I do most of my knitting downstairs in my knitting chair while watching T.V. with my husband.
What techniques do you really enjoy?
Lately I have been really enjoying texture knits, I usually have about three projects going at once- a simple one for interesting shows, a more complicated one for boring shows and something I really have to pay attention to for podcasts! I can’t stand being bored so I like to challenge myself with more complicated lace, brioche and stranded colorwork regularly.
What is your favorite feature of the Knitter’s Planner?
I love the layout of the pages, how much space there is to really plan out what I am working on and of course the additional patterns!
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Ooo tough choice, I would have to say my husband and kids- they are such a source of constant love, support, joy and fun that I wouldn’t make it very far without them!
What do you want to do more of in 2022? We’d love to know!
Hmmm I am very into yoga, and gardening so I want to keep nurturing both of those hobbies, I am also keen to write another book, draw more and keep designing!
Next week, we will continue our Designer Feature Series with another one of our talented designers. Until then, be sure to follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest Knitter’s Planner updates!