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Across the Pond shawl

 A knitting designer expatriated in Barhein, a design made between 2 continents, this is Across the Pond by Mina Philipp!

A chat with Mina

  • Where do you live? 

I currently live in Bahrain in the middle east with my Husband and our 2 cats, were planning our next move at the moment but have no idea where we will be going next.

  • How long have you been knitting and who taught you?

I've been knitting for a little over 2 years now since March 2014 and I am completely self taught from Youtube videos.

  • Do you have a part / full-time job or is designing knits your main activity?

I do have a part time job which used to be my full time job before we moved to Bahrain but I do also design and sell my hand knit patterns which is what I love to do.

  • Did you attend art / craft / design classes that would have helped you to make your patterns now?

 I have never taken any specific arts/crafts classes before but I was always good at maths and visualising things in my head which I think has helped with pattern designing.

  • How does your creative process work?

I get inspiration from all sorts of places it could be from a trip or just daily life ... I don't have a set creative process as such but I do try and have a rough idea of what I want the design to look like, I'll draft out my notes for how to start the pattern and then I tend to write the pattern as I knit my sample piece ... if its a design that requires a chart I tend to create the chart first and then edit it as i go along where things don't work out as I expect. Basically its a very fluid process and every design is different.

  • How would you define your style?

Bright and colourful I'd say is very much my style ... it's the kind of yarns I am most drawn to and love to design with. I like to create simple knits that look harder than they are to create.

  • How old are you?

I am at the moment 29 but in about a month I will be turning 30.


  • what projet are you working on at the moment ?

I am working on a few things, a couple are still a secret but I am also working on a hat design as well as a pair of socks.


Across the pond

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Mina designed Across the pond while she was flying to the USA. The yarns she used (not sold here) linked the US continent to the European Continent: her variegated yarn was dyed in the USA while the natural yarn comes from the UK. Her shawl was designed to highlight hand dyed yarns in particular.

I made 22 kits to make Across the pond, either with yarns I dyed myself or with Koigu yarns. I also make tailor-made kits if you want to make your own colour combo.

The kits come in 2 sizes (except for the Koigu versions which are for a small size only) My own purple, pink, blue version is the large size.

For more details, view the kits page.

More photos on Le Blog PurPle !


Follow Mina's podcast: The Knitting expat


Thanks Mina for this beautiful design and for sharing it with PurPle Laines!