My name is Amanda Schwabe, and I’m a yarnaholic, knitting teacher, and independent knitwear designer. I created aknitica so I could share my obsession and love with other knitters. That includes the patterns that I write, as well as lessons I’ve learned while knitting and great knitting tips I’ve picked up over the years.
I have two goals:
- To make knitting feel easier and more fun for everyone, and
- To create patterns that I would want to wear myself (or dress my kids in), with instructions that will not end up on the Yarn Harlot’s “Dear Designer” list.
I’m a member of my local knitting guild, where I was the volunteer newsletter coordinator. I’m also taking level 1 of the Master Hand Knitting course from TKGA, but I’m having trouble finding the time to finish it (what with all the patterns bouncing around in my brain). I’ll keep at it, though, since I love learning tips that make my knitting nicer.
If you’re new to aknitica, I’d love it if you tried one of my free patterns. Impunity and Kindle Cover, Sock-Yarn-Blankie Style are my most popular. How to Knit a Hat is also a popular post, and it shows you a little glimpse into designing your own knitwear.
You can find a complete list of all my patterns on one page right here.
If you’re here because you’re searching for preemie knitting, the Tulip Preemie Hat is my most popular design. I’d love to see a photo if you knit one for a little person in your life!
I started knitting in 1999. I’ve been learning new techniques constantly since then. My specialty is reading knitting and fixing mistakes. I’m very comfortable with cables, lace, stranded colourwork, short rows, double knitting, and ripping out mistakes. I have knit hats, sweaters, shawls, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks, blankets, soakers, longies, amigurumi — just about everything at least once. I’d love to learn twined knitting someday, and I’m fascinated by traditional colourwork techniques.
My educational background is in fine arts and linguistics. I’ve also learned a lot from life, from depression, and from recovery. I have probably learned the most from becoming a mom. I have five kids: four boys and one little girl who out-climbs them all. I homeschool them during the day while my husband works. I knit and write patterns constantly. I do housework sporadically.
I teach knitting classes in Ottawa, Canada. I’m available for private lessons, as well. My class list so far is
- Double Knitting Hats and Mittens
- Learn to Cable and Knit Mittens (it’s a two-in-one!)
- Super Adorable Baby Knitting (AKA How to Make and Use Wool Soakers and Longies)
- How to Design a Hat
- How to Read Your Knitting and Fix Mistakes
- How to Not Hate Finishing
- Knit a Beautiful Lace Shawl, a beginner’s introduction to lace
- Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks
If you’d like more information, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!