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Diamond Fantasy shawl

After summertime colourful frenzy, it's time to go back to classics with Diamond Fantasy shawl by Sivia Harding!

Chat with Sivia

  • Sivia, where do you live?

I live just south of Portland, Oregon in the United States.

  • How old are you?

Haha! Don't tell anyone, but I am 59. I feel much younger!


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

I learned to knit in the year 2000, and I taught myself. I know that sounds strange. I always wanted to knit as a girl but no one could teach me in my family. As a result, I did every other fiber activity that I could... weaving, rug hooking, crochet, macrame, on and one. I received training in fine art and graphic design. So when I finally learned how to knit, I immediately started to design.


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

My art training has helped me greatly. I make my living from designing and teaching workshops. I travel for much of the year teaching around the States and Canada.

  • Can you quote 3 of your favourite blogs/ instagram accounts?

Brenda Dayne (@knitsib), @indigodragonfly, KateDavies (@katedaviesdesigns), and there are many more!

  • What books / magazines are on your bedside table at the moment?

Color, a Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay; A Mercy by Toni Morrison; and a huge stack of stitch dictionaries of every description.

  • How does your creative process work?

This is hard to pin down. I could be entranced by a shape or a stitch pattern, or something I catch sight of out of the corner of my eye. It is in the swatching, sketching, and finally, allowing for transformation as the garment is on the needles that the design takes shape. Some designs are easy and some are hard to accomplish. Just like life!

  • How would you define your style?

I enjoy pattern and shaping and how they play together. I find it difficult to define my own style but I am told it is very recognizable. I also love using beads to embellish designs and many people associate me with bead knitting, although many of my patterns do not have beads!

  • What projet are you working on at the moment ? If no secret!

I have lots of projects!! I'm working on several that use gradient yarns. I am starting to fall in love with color. I am designing more sweaters since the Flutter Front Cardigan (which came out under my name last month). And of course, always something lacy.

Diamond Fantasy shawl

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Diamond Fantasy shawl is a classical shawl but not quite. It is triangular, which is common for a shawl. Yet, it features a beautiful lace pattern, which can be embellished by beads. It was made in a colourful variegated yarn. This type of yarn requires specifically chosen stitches. You can have much fun with colours when knitting Diamond Fantasy, which will be gorgeous worn on a plain outfit.

To make Diamaond Fantasy, PurPle Laines propose kits (in Frenc only) made of Koigu or Madelinetosh yarns. You'll find all the details about the kits on this page.


Thank you Sivia for this interview and for sharing Diamond Fantasy with French knitters!