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January 2022 Designer Spotlight

January 2022 Designer Spotlight

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We're excited for you to receive this month's crates! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our January reveal post to see what will be included in your crates.

This month, we're also introducing our brand-new Quarterly Retreat Club, which you can read more about in our reveal post.

We’re excited to share with you our collaborators who have worked to bring you this month’s amazing and creative projects! Join KnitCrate in supporting our community’s independent designers and be sure to give them a follow on Instagram and check out their Ravelry portfolios to see more of their amazing designs.

Megan Williams

Megan Williams is the creative mind behind Just Run Knit Designs. She's a mom, knitter, runner, and designer who creates everything from bright hats to delicate shawls. She loves connecting with people through knitting and is one of the podcasters behind Stockinette Zombies (


Instagram: @justrunknit

Ravelry: @justrunknit

Natalia McHayle

Natalia McHayle is a crochet designer from New York who is passionate about creating fashionable, one-of-a-kind pieces. She received her B.B.A. in Small Business Management in 2015. In addition to crochet, she also enjoys curling up with a good book and writing poetry. She now lives in Virginia.


Instagram: @taliacrochetcreations

Ravelry: @handmadebytalia

Nicole Bracey

Nicole Bracey of Woolfield Studio specializes in knit sock designs and creating beautiful, size-inclusive, classic pieces. She loves working with indie-dyed yarn and has recently taken up spinning. She is a self-confessed plant hoarder and dog snuggler.


Ravelry: @hellowoolfield

Photo Credit: Jillian Logee / Logee Photography

Louise Bélair

Louise Bélair is a Canadian designer who is bilingual in French and English. She loves trying new patterns and techniques, and she always has a new WIP on her hook or needles.

Ravelry: @DeChertsey

Aimée Hansen

Aimée Hansen of Yarngerie is a knit and crochet designer as well as a tech editor. She loves geeking out about all things yarn as well as the Chicago Cubs and The Princess Bride. She lives in Illinois with her husband, three children, and miles and miles of yarn.


Instagram: @yarngerie

Ravelry: @aheemai

Claire Olivia Golden

Claire Olivia Golden of Once Upon A Yarn is a crochet designer and author. She learned to crochet when she was 14 and is still going strong a decade later. Claire lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their cat Persephone, who also loves yarn.


Instagram: @onceuponayarn

Ravelry: @crochetbyclaire

The Patterns in Knit & Crochet Club

Knit Pattern

Cozy up for the winter with the Tucking In Cowl by Megan Williams / Just Run Knit Designs. This cowl features multiple styling options from a double layer around your neck to an extended drapey style. Worked with textured brioche that complements the cozy flannel yarn, this cowl will be a staple in your winter wardrobe.

Click here to purchase the Tucking In Cowl pattern.

Crochet Pattern

The Oak Ridge Hooded Cowl by Natalia McHayle / Talia's Crochet Creations is inspired by retreats to a cabin during the winter surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Snuggle up with this rugged yet functional design that features the cobble stitch and an extra-cozy hood that will keep you toasty warm.

Click here to purchase the Oak Ridge Hooded Cowl pattern.

The Patterns in Sock Knit & Crochet Club

Knit Pattern

Nicole Bracey / Woolfield brings us the delightful Whimsy Wooded Socks. A lace pattern creates eyelet holes that form diagonal spirals around the ankle while a solid foot offers comfort and warmth. Each leg spirals in opposite directions for a fun twist and calls to mind the swirling snowflakes in a snow globe.

Click here to purchase the Whimsy Wooded Socks pattern.

Crochet Pattern

The Snowy Path socks by Louise Bélair are the perfect project to warm your toes this wintry season. Featuring post stitches running up the foot just like a path through the snow, and bricks of half-double crochet between them, you're sure to enjoy every stitch just like you will enjoy wearing your new fashionable socks.

Click here to purchase the Snowy Path pattern.

The Patterns in Quarterly Retreat Club

Knit Pattern

From Aimée Hansen / Yarngerie comes the delicate yet warm Majestic Moraine cowl. Inspired by the teal blue waters of Lake Moraine in Banff National Park, this oversize cowl with a sophisticated mesh stitch will keep you warm during all your wintry adventures. Cozy ribbing adorns the edges and creates a piece that is perfect for layering.

Coming soon: Click here to purchase the Majestic Moraine pattern.

Crochet Pattern

Claire Golden / Once Upon A Yarn brings us the Mountainside Set complete with a headband and handwarmer to keep you cozy from your head to your fingertips for your cabin retreat. The star stitch beautifully highlights the color changes of our featured yarn and provides a squishy texture to the fabric. Easily adjustable for any size and quick to work up, you’ll want to make a set for everyone you know.

Coming soon: Click here to purchase the Mountainside Set pattern.


If you would like to subscribe and receive your own delightful yarn crate in the mail, you can do so here and choose from several different clubs. We'd love to have you as part of the KnitCrate family!

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