Suzanne Alise

Tweed Cardigan

I’ve finally finished knitting this cardigan I started making an eternity ago! The pattern is Williamette by Amy Christoffers. I very much like the design, especially the slanted pockets. The pattern calls for an i-cord edging instead of a buttonband. I wanted the front panels to overlap a bit when buttoned, in order to help keep out the cold, so I omitted the i-cord and added a 2×2 rib buttonband instead. Adding the band did alter the design of the neckline/collar, and I think it looks nice this way as well! The tweed yarn is a wool blend in worsted weight.

Heidi Pullover

For years I’ve admired the designs of Anna Allen Clothing Company, and now I’m excited to see that Anna is beginning to publish sewing patterns! I sewed up a top using her Heidi Pullover pattern and a navy blue linen from my fabric collection. I’m very happy with the result! The pattern features a v-neck with neckline facing detail, a two-piece back yoke, a gathered back, and vented side seams. The diagrams and photos included in the sewing directions were helpful, although a beginner may find the instructions a little vague. The size I made fits me well with no fit modifications. However, I did modify the length of the neckline slit to be less deep. I was a bit nervous about how deep it looked on the pattern! At first I overcompensated and sewed the slit too short, so I made the head opening a little snug. Whoops! I readjusted the neckline a second time, and now I’m happy. It’s always an experiment getting things just right!

Tiller Hat

I recently designed and knit a hat as a gift for someone special to me. This 1×1 rib stitch was knit using Fisherman’s Rib, which uses a technique of knitting every other stitch through the round below in order to make the ribs more pronounced. The yarn is a superwash Merino wool in DK weight.

I am considering this project a prototype because there are a couple of things I would change. I have a plan for how to better stagger the crown shaping, and I would like to use a different stitch for the decreases. I will probably also use a larger yarn next time, as the DK weight was very slow to knit in Fisherman’s Rib!

Internship Designs

2017 was quite an eventful year for me! Last February I embarked on a 6 month trip to Peru, where I interned for a non-profit organization that works with indigenous artisans to help generate more income from their textile crafts. The artisan women are talented weavers, knitters, and crocheters, and they regularly produce their own designs to sell to the local tourist market. The non-profit organization, by designing a collection of fashion products that appeals to modern tastes and trends, seeks to help the women connect to markets beyond the local tourists. The products that the organization designs are skillfully crafted by the indigenous women and then sold on the non-profit’s online shop as well as at various boutiques throughout the US.


My experience with hand-knitting led to my becoming the knitwear designer while I was there. I was able to complete the designs for 7 accessories. The process included knitting the prototype samples, writing the knitting instructions, and assisting with the translation of the instructions into Spanish. The following photos are of my designs!

A lightweight hat with cables and bobbles.
A densely cabled fingerless mitten with a central motif.
A heavyweight cabled hat to pair with the matching fingerless mittens.
A wide headband with an elastic chevron design.
Fingerless mittens with chevron stitch pattern to complement the matching headband.
A simple stockinette hat made with alpaca yarn, handspun by the artisans. The challenge with this product is knitting the hat to be the correct size. Handspun yarn has a natural irregularity that makes achieving the gauge required by the pattern rather difficult even for the most experienced knitters.
A lightweight flip-top mitten with cables, loop, and button.

I returned to Michigan from Peru in mid-August, and now I’m settled back in and working full-time. My hope for 2018 is to develop a small line of knitwear patterns to publish here and on Ravelry!

New Year, New Blog!

Welcome to my new craft blog! My name is Suzanne, and I’m mainly a knitter and seamstress, although I crochet, tat, and do a few other textile crafts as well. Here I will share about my projects and try to share useful resources as well.

I’ve been crocheting since I was a child, and I learned to knit as a teenager. Around age 18 I learned to sew and tat. I worked as a seamstress in bridal alterations for a few years, which taught me an immense amount about sewing and fitting garments, and it gave me a dose of confidence. I also studied fashion at university, and I am enthusiastic to continue learning about my craft.

I also enjoy photography very much, and I am creating a separate website to feature my photographs. I’ll share the link when it’s ready! // Update: My photography website is here!