Donna Druchunas

eBooks available as Ravelry Downloads

eBook : 6 patterns

Do you love lace and circular shawls? Then this ebook is for you! It’s got six pi shawl patterns for knitters of all skill levels.

eBook : 12 patterns

Donna Druchunas presents traditional knitting designs and techniques from across the globe in step-by-step fashion. She begins with what ethnic knitting is, what you don’t need to know, and color tips. For each location, she offers brief knitting-specific history, key techniques, and a handful of versatile patterns (texture or color). An introductory project lets the reader practice new skills, which are then applied to the knitting of individually designed pullover sweaters.

eBook : 8 patterns

Ethnic Knitting Exploration, the second book in the Ethnic Knitting series, takes off for Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland in another voyage of knitting discovery. This time, you’ll get a tour through unusual color patterns from Lithuania, circular yokes from Iceland, and Irish Aran-style garments. Step-by-step tutorials introduce the traditional techniques of each region, followed by a small project—fingerless gloves, a capelet, or a poncho. These are a great place to experiment with ideas, or just practice the new techniques before moving on to one of the two master sweater plans. Each project is presented as detailed instructions, a visual plan, and a spreadsheet, so you’re sure to find something you’re comfortable working with.

eBook : 6 patterns

It’s not just patterns! Tons of ideas and links to designers, fiber artists, indie dyers, and yarnies working for social justice!

eBook : 7 patterns

Six quick and gorgeous knitting projects that are great for holiday gift knitting plus a stunning shawlette to make for yourself.

eBook : 8 patterns

A collection of colorwork patterns from Lithuania with stories about the symbols and history of the motifs used in knitting, weaving, and other folk art.

eBook : 4 patterns

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eBook : 2 patterns

The patterns in this collection represent the natural cycle of growth in the mountain forests: birth and death, growth and destruction, beginning and endings, fire and ice. Nature, as Charles Darwin once said, is “red in tooth and claw.” Yet even though fires are part of nature’s cycles, we must always remember to do our best to protect our precious environment and help to avoid unecessary fires caused by human negligence or carelessness. Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Component (stitch, edge) - Other
Last week there was some Nazi and racist graffiti put up around in various locations in my county in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. One example had a big swastika and the words “I kill n---ers.” Another said “N---er Get Out!”
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf pattern is one of five patterns available exclusively in the LaceKnits 2012 eMag from Interweave. This eMag is only available for your iPad tablet.
Knitting: Rug
A simple garter stitch rug is a perfect project for beginners – or anyone needing a quick gift – because you can knit one up over a weekend. This rug is made using just the knit stitch and a double strand of heavy yarn on jumbo needles.
Knitting: Rug
Rug is pictured on the front of the book.
Knitting: Rug
Inspired by elaborate circular rugs knit by Shaker Sisters in the early 1900’s.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Cuffs
This is the September, 2017 pattern for the Our Knitting Roots book club. The pre-order preview PDF includes information for materials and tools. We will start knitting on September 15th.
Knitting: Throw
Originally designed to say “The Cat” in many different languages, I have now created charts so you can embroider “Welcome” in different languages to use this pattern for the Welcome Blanket Project.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Love cats? Love lace? Love mystery KALs? Then this project is for you! Using motifs designed and inspired by the work of Dorothy Reade, I’ve created a fun pi shawl for my annual summer mystery KAL.
Knitting: Scarf
June Project for Our Knitting Roots book club.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl was inspired by my trip to Glacier Bay several years ago. I found this wonderful yarn at a shop in Juneau, and after seeing the glacier, I knew exactly what to do with it. Every time I wear it, I remember my trip.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is a revised version of my Resist hat. The chart is also included in the Knitting as a Political Act ebook.
Knitting: Mittens
When I was a girl, we got spring coats from our grandmother every year. And we had to wear them off and on into May. I’m always ready for spring too early. So these mittens with baby birds beaks peeking out of the nest remind me that spring is coming, even though the view outside my office window is still white with snow.
Knitting: Scarf
As much as I enjoy the challenge of complicated stitches and intricate patterns, sometimes there’s nothing as nice as working on a simple project and taking my time to enjoy the feel of the yarn and needles in my hands. The same goes for lace patterns: sometimes I like a design that twists and turns and has different maneuvers on every row...
Knitting: Ankle Sock
Available for pre-order. Full pattern will be released March 15th.
Knitting: Hats - Other
I have always loved Missoni knitwear. Now I love it even more. At the Milan Fashion Week, they ended their fall 2017 show with every one of the 40-plus models marching down the catwalk wearing pink pussy hats with brims knit in the Missoni-style signature stripe pattern.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
I love snow. It’s one of the reasons I live in Vermont near the Canadian border. Winter should be white, not brown. And here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and in Quebec, our neighbor to the north, we have plenty of snow to keep things bright. One snowflake may be delicate and fragile, but when you get enough of them, you change the whole l...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Family history is one of my obsessions, and I also am a lover of science. When these two passions collided with politics, this hat was the result. In memory of my immigrant ancestors who passed on their DNA to me, I give you “DNA on my Mind,” a hat to celebrate that immigrants make America great and to remind us all that science is reality.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
She was warned.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is an advanced project that includes several different types of colorwork including fair isle, intarsia in the round, baltic braids, and corrugated ribbing. The PDF includes a tutorial on intarsia in the round as well as links to many videos of the special techniques used in the pattern.
Knitting: Cuffs
Based on a traditional Belarusian motif these wrist warmers have a crocheted edging.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I am addicted to designing and knitting pi shawls. This one alternates between very lacy honeycomb mesh and geometric patterns on a solid stockinette stitch background. All of the openwork is made with double yarn-overs for an extra airy feel. In fingering-weight alpaca yarn, this shawl is warm and cozy, even with so much lace.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
These cozy socks are made from the top down on 48, 54 or 60 sts. So they’re quick to knit but the simple cable and ribbing pattern gives them a nice stretchy fit and keeps the knitting from being boring. The toe is done in a traditional, simple technique from Lithuania that does not require Kitchener stitch.
Knitting: Ankle Sock, Mid-calf Socks
This is a new version of my Spanish Dancing socks with a mid-calf length added to the pattern and a video tutorial for the Bulgarian Cast On technique.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Resist racism, resist xenophobia, resist sexism, resist hate of all kinds. Wear this hat to proclaim that we are the resistance!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
It might be summer now, but I’m almost always thinking about Lithuania, so why not knit a hat with Lithuanian motifs on the crown? Then Lithuania can always be on my mind. This slouchy hat begins with a deep ribbed brim that is folded in half to keep the wind off your ears. The body of the hat is colorwork which also adds an extra layer of warmt...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern was originally published in My Knitting Book by Miss Lambert in 1843. The original pattern is on page 2 so you can see how I’ve updated the instructions for modern knitters. I also added a chart to help you see how the pattern repeat works. Would you have interpreted all of the instructions the same way I did? Mine came out to be a ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitting: Tote
Julius Lester, a Newberry award winning children’s author, keeps a human skull on his desk to remind him that we are all alike underneath our superficial differences. In his memoir, On Writing for Children and Other People, he says that in our “skullness,” we “exist beyond and separate from defintions of gender, race, and...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Starting with a ribbed cuff and Honeycomb Stitch on the leg, Hornet’s Honey socks also have a garter-stitch short row heel and garter stitch toe.
Knitting: Stocking
I don’t know about you, but my husband rarely wants anything that I knit. After two sweaters languished in the bureau drawer and a pair of gloves was worn to shreds in less than a month, I wasn’t too keen on knitting for him any more. But when he saw the sample of this hat and tried it on, he immediately said, “I want this hat.” Alas, the sample...
Knitting: Cowl
Last year I took a colorwork knitting class with Canadian designer Sylvia Olsen, author of Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns and Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater. I learned that this style of knitting is the only 100% North American knitting tradition. I designed ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This checker pattern reminds me of the yellow taxi cabs in New York City but the natural colors of the wool bring this design into the countryside for a quick knit that is the best of all worlds.
Knitting: Scarf, Stocking
The ribs and cables in this hat and scarf remind me of the dirt roads here in Northern Vermont. In winter, they’re covered with ice and snow. In spring they’re muddy and rutted. In summer and fall, they’re clean and smooth and often in better shape than many of our paved roads. But at any time of year, dirt roads are part of life in Vermont. Eve...
Knitting: Mittens
What you need in Vermont is a good pair of warm, wooly mittens. Wool is not only warm and cozy, it’s also great for making your hands feel dry even if they’re not. Did you know that wool can hold up to 30% of its weight in water and not even feel wet?
Knitting: Stocking
This hat reminds me of the amber jewelry on sale in almost every shop in the tourist district of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is oh so hard to walk down the street and not buy amber jewelry at every turn! The hat is made with a traditional Lithuanian colorwork motif and colors that remind me not only of the amber stones, but also of the snowy streets ...
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf goes on forever and ever, just like the winter doldrums. Fortunately, with this chunky yarn and easy pattern stitches, it’s quick to knit and once you get something done, you’ll find yourself back in the land of the living, energized to cast on for something new!
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This simple sock pattern is one I use all the time to make soft and cozy socks for myself as well as rough and sturdy work socks for my husband. You can change the size by using smaller or larger needles and thinner or thicker yarn. You can change the style by using a different ribbing pattern for the leg. After you make a few pairs, you’l...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
The columns of ribbing that separate the individual motifs on this tam remind me of the legs of a starfish. They are made out of twisted knit stitches that are worked straight up from the brim of the hat to the last few rounds of the crown shaping. Between these columns are charted patterns of Bavarian Twisted Traveling Stitch patterns that were...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These mitts are made with Bavarian Twisted Traveling stitches that curve like a scenic road through the countryside. They are incredibly stretchy and cozy.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This pattern combines the texture of Bavarian twisted traveling stitches with the color of the Baltic Sea in Madeline Tosh’s merino sock yarn. The curving shapes of the traveling stitches remind me of the gentle waves on the shore of the Baltic Sea on a calm summer day. I used my favorite easy heel and toe techniques on these socks so you can us...
Knitting: Scarf
I have friends in high places. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration but I have met both Cat Bordhi and Barbara Walker in person. More importantly, however, I have access to both of their creative minds through their books. In this project, I’ve combined a stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury and Cat Bordhi’s moebius cast on, with my ow...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is one of 13 patterns also featured in the new Arctic Lace Armchair Travel eCourse. Get all 13 patterns, plus dozens of lessons, essays, tips, and photos, all for only $50!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This triangle shawl is inspired by the rabbit tracks I found in the snow every winter at my home in Colorado. Every time I see those tracks in the snow, I think of winter-white bun- nies with long floppy ears and fluffy tails hopping across fields in the wilds of Alaska. Both the Snowshoe Hare and the Alaskan Hare turn from gray or brown to pure...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat is inspired by a recent retreat I attended in Juneau, Alaska. At the Seaside Yarns Mermaid Retreat, I taught techniques from Lithuanian knitting and Japanese knitting books, and both are included in this pattern with links to YouTube videos. This is a quick knit in worsted-weight making it perfect for a quick gift or a weekend project t...
Knitting: Mittens
These “Summer Lilies” mittens are worked from the cuff up with a knit-in fringe on the cuff and a fun two-color pattern on the hand. The thumb opening is made by knitting with scrap yarn which is removed later to form a hole where the thumb is added. The finger tips are shaped on an angle and come to a point.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These mitts are knit from the cuff up with increases worked in purl for the thumb gore. The background is all purls and the pattern stitch is an easy faux cable eyelet pattern that doesn’t require a cable needle. An optional large eyelet made just before binding off adds a finger opening for the middle finger to help hold the mitts in plac...
Knitting: Hats - Other
This hood is made with an easy faux-cable rib pattern combined with a slip-stitch pattern that adds texture to the background and adds interest to the fabric. The shaping is worked with decreases that create a shape similar to a giant sock heel. A drawstring around the front edge makes the size adjustable.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat is worked from the bottom up with a simple faux cable needle that I learned from a Japanese pattern book. It’s so much fun to knit that it’s become one of my favorite stitches and I often use it instead of plain ribbing to add an extra bit of flair to an otherwise simple pattern.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The brim of this hat is started with a provisional cast on and worked sideways as a long strip of garter stitch. The ends are joined with three-needle bind off and then stitches are picked up along one edge to knit the body of the hat. Decreases shape the crown, and the remaining stitches are worked as a long cord to which a tassel is attached a...
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl is worked in a form of modular knitting. The first section is worked lengthwise in checker stitch. The second is worked perpendicularly to the first in garter stitch, joined every other row with a decrease. Stitches are picked up along the edge of the garter stitch section for the third section, which is worked in checker stitch. Then ...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This hat is worked from the brim up with my favorite Estonian lace stitch. The brim is double thick with an eyelet turning ridge that creates a decorative picot edge. An optional lining can be added after the main knitting is complete.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern is much harder to explain than it is to knit. The main motif is an Estonian leaf that is repeated on the shawl in small, medium, and large sizes. The leaves are placed in such a way that the half-circle shawl emerges naturally with no additional shaping until the neckline.
Knitting: Mittens
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This fun pattern is worked with only one color in a row. The “dip stitch” is made by working into a stitch several rows below, which makes it appear as though two colors were used in the same row. These socks are worked toe up with a short row toe and heel flap with a gusset.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I love super-stretchy socks but sometimes plain ribbing is too boring. This stitch is ribbing with increase and decreases arranged to make an undulating line of knit stitches that surrounds little cocoons of purls. It’s fun to work and a great choice for gift knitting. These socks are worked cuff down with a French heel and a round toe tha...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks are worked with a fascinating pattern I found in Barbara Walker’s second treasury. The design is worked with only 1 color per round, and the pattern is created by making elongated stitches and slipping other stitches. I chose light and dark solid colors with a variegated middle tone to create what I think looks like the false f...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
If you love sunflowers and the amazing Sunflower paintings of Vincent van Gogh as much as I do, you can’t help but want to reproduce the gorgeous colors, shapes, and textures in your knitting. This is a rectangular version of my For the Love of Vincent pi-shawl design. It uses the outer leaves and border patterns from the circular shawl in...
Knitting: Scarf
As much as I enjoy the challenge of complicated stitches and intricate patterns, sometimes there’s nothing a nice as working on a simple project and taking my time to enjoy the feel of the yarn and needles in my hands. The same goes for lace patterns: sometimes I like a design that twists and turns and has different maneuvers on every row ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The first time I saw traditional Lithuanian knitted socks was on a photo of dancers wearing reproductions of the National Costume. The women’s socks were knit in a wheat lace pattern made out of white yarn, and you could only see the pattern when they lifted the hem of their long skirts. The originals were knee socks, but I wanted to creat...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The KAL is over and now the full pattern is available.
Knitting: Scarf
I designed this scarf for my sister-in-law, Bessy, who dreams of Florida, warm weather, and summer days, but I took the photos in the backyard of my 1877 farmhouse in Vermont during winter! Bessy found the yarn on the internet and posted a photo of it on her Facebook timeline, so I ordered a skein and put it in my stash.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Black Purl Magazine is no longer online, so I’ve moved the pattern onto my Ravelry store.
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf was inspired by the beaded wrist warmers from Greenland, where I saw a similar oak leaf pattern. When I was in Vilnius last year and the colors started to change for autumn, I couldn’t resist incorporating this design into a toasty scarf to keep me warm as I explored the city streets. In the center of the Old Town, a park with t...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A few years ago, I was at a knitting conference with a friend who was knitting the “Fly’s Body” lace edging that is used in the border of this capelet. She had discovered the stitch pattern on a small notepad that was tucked inside a Victorian knitting book she purchased at a used bookstore in England. A woman named Miss Money had recorded sever...
Knitting: Stocking
This warm and cozy hat features a lacy brim, baltic braid trim, and a geometric Lithuanian design that represents the sun. In winter, there is not much sunshine and thoughts of long, warm summer days are important to keep up morale during the cold dark months. The hat is knit on larger needles than the matching mittens, making it softer and stre...
Knitting: Mittens
These gorgeous mittens feature a lacy cuff, baltic braid trim, and a geometric Lithuanian design that represents the sun. In winter, there is not much sunshine and thoughts of long, warm summer days are important to keep up morale during the cold dark months. The oak is also knowns as the sun tree, the tree of the Goddess Saulė who lives in a ca...
Knitting: Mittens
Flowers are everywhere in Lithuania! In fields and gardens, sold in the streets and in shops, decorating tables in restaurants. Floral motifs are popular in knitting, too. This “Blossom” design is usually seen as a star or sun or snowflake on mittens from Scandinavia but in Lithuania it is recognized as a flower and often knit with green leaves ...
Knitting: Mittens
These mittens are worked from the cuff up with simple ribbing on the cuff and an easy two-color pattern on the hand. The thumb opening is made by knitting with scrap yarn which is removed later to form a hole where the thumb is added. The finger tips are shaped on an angle and come to a point.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
What could be more elegant than diamonds and circles? This shawl features several diamond motifs charted by Dorothy Reade in the 1960s for a book she was working on. The unpublished manuscript was given to me by her daughter, when I was working on research for my own book, Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade. Dorothy ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is one of 13 patterns also featured in the new Arctic Lace Armchair Travel eCourse. Get all 13 patterns, plus dozens of lessons, essays, tips, and photos, all for only $50!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This is one of 13 patterns also featured in the new Arctic Lace Armchair Travel eCourse. Get all 13 patterns, plus dozens of lessons, essays, tips, and photos, all for only $50!
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These socks, made with qiviut-blend sock yarn from Arctic Qiviut are the softest, warmest things that have ever touched my feet. With temperatures not rising above freezing for the last week here in Vermont, I was very tempted to start wearing them before I took photos or wove in the ends!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
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Knitting: Cowl
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
You can wear these gorgeous fingerless gloves for warmth or as handmade jewelry. The beads add a sparkle against the matte finish of the wool yarn. To make your beads look like raindrops on a spring day, use clear beads or beads that match the color of your yarn closely. For a more dramatic look, choose beads that contrast starkly.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I’d forgotten what the first blush of spring looks like in New England. For the first time since I moved away from the Northeast in 1982, I’m being reminded by the greens and pinks and mauves and purples and yellows of spring. The pale colors mimic fall but on a much more muted scale. The music of spring is quiet and light, a flute and guitar du...
Knitting: Snood
This hood reminds me of my dreams of the cold winters in Belarus, where my friends Irina and Olga live. We met in Vilnius a few years ago when we were all studying Lithuanian and we hit it off and have stayed in touch off and on, getting together when I visit Eastern Europe and chatting online once in a while between trips. I’ve never gott...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Drawstring Bag
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Knitting: Rug
Braided rugs made from old rags represent frugality and parsimony, but their flamboyant colors speak of a love for beauty. This rug, made of alternating garter and stockinette stitch strips shaped with short rows, gives you the chance to bring this classic beauty into your own home.
Knitting: Scarf, Headband
This easy scarf and headband will give you practice making cables. It’s perfect for anyone needing a bit of warmth.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This beautiful shawl is made from one large skein of wool and one large skein of mohair. The shawl is soft and cuddly and would be a wonderful gift for any woman who has suffered from a recent crisis or loss. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and works up quickly on size 11 (8mm) needles.
Knitting: Pullover
Design your own textured sweater.
Knitting: Pullover
Design your own textured sweater.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Design your own textured cap.
Knitting: Pullover
Design your own textured sweater.
Knitting: Pullover
Design your own sweater.
Knitting: Scarf
Design your own textured scarf.