As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.
Jean Clement of Desert Rose Designs (desertroseknits on Ravelry)
If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
Sweaters and vests top my ‘recurring’ design list. In some ways, they are very similar projects. A vest can become a sweater by adding sleeves and a sweater can become a vest by leaving the sleeves off. And either one can be a pullover or open front garment.
What is your favorite workhorse yarn?
I don’t really have a favorite brand of yarn, but I do prefer using sport/DK weight for most of my projects. For cold weather projects I like yarns that provide warmth without weight. For warm weather I like hemp/linen blends. You might say that my favorite yarn is the one that suits the project best.
Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting?
My Reune Fingerless Mitts are great for gifting. They take only 1 skein (270 yds) and are easier to knit than they look.
Diagonal Scarf is fun, easy & pretty quick to knit. Scarves are great for gifting because you can make them as long or short as you want.
Then I have to include my Pamper Yourself Spa Collection. As a hostess gift, or for someone special – we all need a bit of pampering now & then.