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A gorgeous lace stitch, an easy-to-wear shape, knit Pergola by Maria Magnusson!

Chat with Maria Magnusson


Maria, where do you live?

   I live in Gothenburg, Sweden. I have been commuting to Oslo, Norway the past 5 years but now I'm back in Gothenburg for good.  

How old are you ?

    I am 36 years old.

How long have you been knitting and who taught you?

   My mother and grandmother tought me when I was 6 or 7 but I had a long break. I picked up the needles again in 2010.

Do you have a part / full-time job or is designing knits your main activity? Did you attend art / craft / design classes that would have helped you to make your patterns now?

   I work full time as a Mechanical Design Engineer. My interest in construction and maths and the ability to see 3D objects in 2D have helped me alot in designing knitwear. I haven't taken any knitting classes but I have attended a pattern construction class for sewing. Even if knitting and sewing construction differs a lot the basics are still the same and it has helped me figuring out new constructions.      

Can you quote 3 of your favourite blogs?

   I don't follow that many blogs nowadays. I am too much into Instagram but my favourite blogs are:

Clara Stickar : A beautiful swedish blog I have been following since I started knitting,
My Life in Knitwear : My sweet Tech editor Rachel's blog. A very inspiring blog! 
Stickar och Vrickat : Emma is a true artist! I love her blog and I love everything she does with yarn!

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

I have the book Sewtionary by Sewaholic and I always have the latest PomPom Magazine. I don't have time to read novels but I listen to a lot of audiobooks.       

How does your creative process work?

   I always start from myself. I only design patterns that I would wear and garments I need for my wardrobe. I make some sketches first and then I knit some swatches for the details as structure, necklines and so on. Then I do the calculations. I almost write the entire pattern before i start. Then I knit the pattern and change the pattern if necessary. Most of the time I send them to my lovely tech editor Rachel. I use Pinterest a lot to collect ideas and find new techniques and I am a compulsive technique book hoarder. My large stash also inspires me. I love having beautiful yarn close by to wind if I feel the urge for it.

How would you define your style?

   Wearable garments in a classic vintage design with a very feminine touch.

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

    I am working on a very loosely knitted pretty straight forward sweater to wear as a layer 2 garment when I will be hiking in south america this summer.



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Pergola has had much success on Ravlery. This is certainly due to Maria's intention to wear it and match it to her wardrobe from the start. You'll wear it on a summer dress, a pair of jeans and even on shorts. Maria's pattern feminity is captured in this classic-shape design. You'll read all the details aboit the pattern on the pattern sale page. The version I'm suggesting today was made in fonty Bohème. The slight unevenness of the threads are no harm to the lace design. And, a substantial asset, Fonty Bohème is so comfortable once you've worn it once or twice. Here, I'm wearing Pergola in size M with a positive ease of 5 cm at the chest. 8 balls of Bohème were necessary to make it. You'll find many more photos taken in Lyon on the Blog PurPle.

So, if if you are tempted by this project, you'll need:

- some Fonty Bohème,

- Pergola pattern

- One 3 and 3.5 mm circular needle (or size necessary to obtain gauge)

- a set of double pointed needles, 3 mm (optionnal)

- 8 ring markers

- 8 or 9 buttons


Thanks a lot Maria for this interview and this lovely pattern!