Kristen Jancuk

eBooks available as Ravelry Downloads

eBook : 6 patterns

Charm City Knits is a 6-piece knitting pattern collection from MediaPeruana Designs. Each piece in the collection was inspired by the city of Baltimore, and all of the yarns featured in the collection are dyed right here in Maryland.

eBook : 6 patterns

The complete Charm City Kids collection and ebook is now available! Charm City Kids is a 6-piece pattern collection featuring children’s versions of all the patterns in Charm City Knits.

eBook : 10 patterns

Juntos: Knits for Togetherness is a seasonal pattern collection for families.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Cape
Since the first time I worked a knit pleat, I wanted to include pleats in a design. Like turning a sock heel, working pleats seems to take just a bit of magic--which is kicked up a notch when you hide a bit of lace behind them.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Cardigan
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Better be … Gryffindor!
Knitting: Ankle Sock
The Calentito slipper socks have been my most popular pattern to date, and it’s easy to see why: they strike that perfect balance between simple and complex, a traditional sock shape with a challenging but easy-to-memorize stitch pattern.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Currituck Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a smaller sound that feeds into a larger sound, the Albemarle. So when it came time to name this shawl—a larger, more colorful big sister to the Currituck Sound shawl—Albemarle was the obvious name choice! This bright wrap uses 3 colors in fingering weight yarn and combines slipped stitch ...
Knitting: Pullover
Mándame Flores—“send me flowers.” Somehow the request sounds nicer in Spanish, doesn’t it? It was the first thing that popped into my head as the flower motif on this piece took shape.
Knitting: Pullover
Check out my blog series on this design to learn about how long it took to create, from concept to publication!
Knitting: Mittens
Fingerless or full, the Guapa mittens are a treat for overworked hands trying to make it through the rest of the winter. The original full mitten pattern paired a luxurious yarn with dainty bow stitches for a soft, quick knit perfect for these last days of the season.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
In the mad rush of Mexico City, on la Avenida 5 de Mayo, sits an old palace covered in the famous blue-and-white tiles of Puebla. I’ve long planned to design something inspired by la Casa de los Azulejos, but things never seemed to click until I had these two beautiful skeins of yarn left over from another project. I suddenly realized they were...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I spent much of the summer pondering what kind of project I could do for my annual not-mystery knit-a-long and kept coming up empty. I was nearly ready to call it a wash and shelve the NMKAL this year. But then, as we crossed the Currituck Sound on our way home from our annual family week at the beach, inspiration struck: a 2-color shawl featur...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Cusqueña is my love letter to Cusco. Its colors and stitch patterns, including variations on a star motif traditionally used in Peruvian chullos, call to mind the terrain, architecture and history of the region—the mountains and terraces, the colonial structures built into Incan temples, the dusty trails and cobblestone streets. Worked in a DK ...
Knitting: Pullover
Dziadzi—roughly pronounced JA-jee—is Polish for grandpa. While the extent of my Polish is about five random, mostly useless words (including “knife”), I grew up calling my grandfather dziadzi, and now my kids call my dad dziadzi. We even had a few brief years before my own dziadzi passed where my kids called him Super Dziadzi—we decided that wo...
Knitting: Pullover
Wnuczek (pronounced vNOO-chek, roughly) brings the total of Polish words I know up to about 6—it means grandson, as this pullover is the companion piece to the Dziadzi (grandpa) pullover. It’s an equal opportunity sweater, though, and would look just lovely on a wnuczka too (that’s granddaughter—7!). Wnuczek is worked from the top down, with mi...
Knitting: Vest
A good sweater vest is a wardrobe staple in my book: adds a bit of cozy wool and pop of color to any outfit, keeps you warm when it’s cool but not quite cold enough for a sweater, and is perfect for layering when the weather’s unpredictable.
Knitting: Vest
A good sweater vest is a wardrobe staple in my book: adds a bit of cozy wool and pop of color to any outfit, keeps you warm when it’s cool but not quite cold enough for a sweater, and is perfect for layering when the weather’s unpredictable.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Cold hands, warm heart—it’s an expression I’ve heard often due to my perpetually frigid hands. Wh
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A few years back, when we all started relying more heavily on text messaging, we tried to teach my mom to text, with rather poor results. Once she managed to send my sister a text that just said “X9.” Apparently what she was trying to type was “I love you.” X9 instantly became shorthand in our family for “I love you,” and though my mom passed a...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
When I set out to design a unisex, all-ages neckwear “accessory,” the first thing that came to mind was cables. But when facing the prospect of knitting them into a boring scarf shape, I was less enthusiastic—and so, an asymmetrical shawl was born! Worked from one point outward, the Greenbrier shawl features a repeating cable motif, trimmed wit...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Brujería means witchcraft, which is just what it will seem like when you use simple slipped stitches to create this stripe-y, colorful shawl. Worked from the top-down, Brujería uses two contrasting yarns and three simple stitch patterns to create a generously-sized heart-shaped shawl. It’s the perfect project to show off that variegated, speckl...
Knitting: Pullover
This pattern is part of the Juntos: Knits for Togetherness collection; find the coordinating adult sweater here.
Knitting: Pullover
This pattern is part of the Juntos: Knits for Togetherness collection; find the coordinating children’s sweater here.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A playful 2-color shawl, Ondulado uses slipped stitches and a modified feather-and-fan stitch pattern to create complementary undulating designs over a crescent shape. Pair a solid color with that skein of variegated sock yarn in your stash that you’re just not sure what to do with and watch it come to life! Wear it as a scarf now when there’s ...
Knitting: Cardigan
Cartero is part of the Juntos collection, a complete collection of coordinating adult/child garments and accessories.
Knitting: Cardigan
My grandfather was a postman—a letter carrier, as he called it—though he retired long before my memories of him really start. Even when I was in my teens and twenties, though, he still had bits and pieces of his gear hanging around, including a few sweaters. My mom loved to “borrow” his chunky blue cardigan with the US Postal Service logo on it...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Urban Creative Exploration is a collaborative project inspired by the urban landscape. The inspiration photo was chosen by vote, and Indigodragonfly dyed up some amazing yarn inspired by its colours. Two designers, Sarah Schira from Imagined Landscape Designs, and Kristen Jancuk from MediaPeruana Designs, each crafted a one-skein accessory ...
Knitting: Cardigan
A light cardigan you’ll love for cool days in both autumn and spring, Susquehanna combines meandering cables with textured stitches in a pattern that will hold your attention to the last stitch. While cables are traditionally worked on a background of reverse stockinette, Susquehanna showcases how slipped stitches can be used to create subtle c...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless mitts are striped, reversible, and worked in either fingering or worsted weight, with numerous options for the cuffs, hands and tops!
Knitting: Pullover
Playful zig-zag patterning decorates the yoke of this pullover, combining traditional colorwork techniques with a modern shape. Three-quarter length sleeves and a slightly cropped fit update a traditional fair isle pullover, which is finished off with contrast trim at cuffs and hem. Worked from the top down, short rows are used to raise the bac...
Knitting: Slippers
Looking for something a little spicier? Checkout my follow-up pattern, Caluroso!
Knitting: Pullover
Add a touch of luxury to your wardrobe with this colorful, deceptively simple pullover. The wavy stripes that circle the yoke and upper arms are created with slipped stitches, introducing just a hint of extra texture. Utilizing slipped stitches also means that you don’t have to fuss with multiple strands of yarn—you never use more than one colo...
Knitting: Cardigan
This bright girls’ cardigan uses slipped stitches to create subtle scallops around the collar, hem and cuffs—no complicated stranding, no steeking! Trimmed with garter stitch, it features 3⁄4 length sleeves and an a-line shape reminiscent of 60s era girls’ coats and dresses.
Knitting: Tee
Sometimes the simplest designs are the most satisfying to work on—they give you more room to play, to experiment with the basics and turn them into something special. And so it is with Urraca—at its heart a simple raglan tee for warm weather, a few unique details elevate it to a standout piece for summer. Graduated stripes at the yoke are dotte...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Inspired by the first pattern I ever published, the Dungarees Cowl, this shawl combines two different takes on an openwork knot stitch with lateral braids and bands of gathered stockinette. Worked from the top down in a traditional triangle shape, the shawl pattern includes two sizes, so you can make the most of your skein of yarn.
Knitting: Pullover
This pattern is the kids’ version of Thirty-fourth Street, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Cardigan
This letterman’s sweater-inspired cardigan is a sweater chest staple you’ll be living in year-round. Stripes shine when worked in reverse stockinette—extra blips of color pop through at the transitions, so they really stand out! An open front, modest shawl collar, handy pockets, and pops of contrast trim take a simple top-down raglan up a notch...
Knitting: Knee-highs
This pattern is the kids’ version of Eutaw Street, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Mittens
This pattern is the kids’ version of Hollins Ferry, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Cowl
This pattern is the kids’ version of Charm City Shawlette, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Cardigan
This pattern is the kids’ version of Annabel Lee, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Earflap Hat
This pattern is the kids’ version of Admiral Fell, and is part of the Charm City Kids collection! Purchase the complete 6-pattern collection for $11.99, or get both Charm City Kids and Charm City Knits for $19.99--no coupon code needed!
Knitting: Pullover
Catoctin is all grown up in this pullover design for women. This cozy sweater features a heavily cabled yoke, dramatic cowl neck and elbow-length sleeves for warmth as well as convenience. Knit from the bottom up, it’s trimmed with mistake rib and includes moderate waist-shaping for a feminine silhouette.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A quick knit hat for the entire family, Rayado uses slipped stitches to create a checkered pattern. Wear it fitted or slouchy, top it off with a pom-pom, try a corrugated rib brim—never knit the same hat twice!
Knitting: Cowl
For cold weather, I wanted an accessory that was both big and bold; something that worked up quickly in heavy yarn and had enough crazy patterning to hold my interest while knitting. Here’s the result: bold colors, cables, stripes, garter stitch—all of my favorite design elements mixed into one cozy, chunky scarf. Wear it long to show off the d...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Lacy shawls are great for spring, but when the temperature drops, you need something a bit heavier. Worked in DK weight yarn, this asymmetrical triangle shawl mixes simple stockinette and garter with a clever slipped stitch pattern. The result is a warm, colorful accessory that’s fun to knit and quick to finish. Try pairing a solid main color w...
Knitting: Pullover
A warm, cozy pullover you’ll be excited to snuggle into when the temperature drops! Fun details spice up a straightforward raglan; worked seamlessly from the top down, it features a simple cable motif (charted), dramatic split high-low hem and tapered garter stitch details down the sleeves. Perfect for lounging at home, but easily dressed up to...
Knitting: Tee
This design was the result of my intent to create a casual summer piece that would work for a variety of occasions and wasn’t boring to knit! A casual summer tee with colorblock details provides a fun opportunity to play with color. Simple stockinette and garter are spiced up with a unique construction, and in a lightweight cotton yarn, this is...
Knitting: Cardigan
Paying homage to the fashions of Poe’s day, the cabled fronts of this cardigan mimic the ruffles and pleats that adorned the bodices of women’s dresses. The cable design is repeated on the back, expanding at the small of the back, as a bow would. The sweater is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes, and then fronts and back are...
Knitting: Pullover
In the Hampden neighborhood, residents of 34th Street give Baltimore a treat every Christmas, decking out their homes with over-the-top holiday décor—hubcap Christmas trees, crabs pulling Santa’s sleigh, and thousands of colored bulbs. Lights even criss-cross the street, strung from rooftop to rooftop.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat is 100% Fells Point, from brim to tip. When I contacted Joelle, dyer behind Wandering Wool, about this project, I told her it was inspired by a rainy day in Fells and she sent me the absolute perfect colorway, Moriarty. Its mix of dark blues and grays is an ideal match for the staggered garter stitch cobblestones along the brim and eye...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawlette design embodies the city of Baltimore. It is in turns fancy and simple, its busy lace sections framed by plain bands of stockinette and garter stitch. The yarn itself is soft but sturdy—a blend of BFL, cashmere and silk with a subtle sheen when it catches the light. It all comes together to create something special.
Knitting: Knee-highs
Play ball! We couldn’t have a Charm City collection without an homage to the heart of Baltimore sports, the Orioles. Camden Yards’ main gate is on Eutaw Street, and I’ve spent many a night there, joining the throngs of fans in black and orange.
Knitting: Cardigan
By the time Spring arrives, we’re ready to shed our winter layers, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. This sweet girl’s cardigan evokes spring weather with short sleeves, eyelets and an open front, but knit in wool or a wool-blend, will still provide a layer of warmth. It’s worked from the top down, with raglan shaping, and is nearly sea...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless mitts feature gently waving cables framing a river of seed stitch, which blends into the top edge. Worked in fingering weight yarn, they make a light layer that can be worn all year long, and 3-stitch cables are the perfect opportunity to practice cabling without a cable needle!
Knitting: Mittens
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Knitting: Pullover
I designed this piece with versatility in mind—a timeless sweater that can be worn for family photos, but with no fussy details to hinder playtime. A simple stockinette body is topped with a fun-to-knit cabled yoke in this classic design for boys and girls. Moss stitch elbow patches break up the monotony of sleeves and add a stylish touch, whil...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Winding cables that taper around the leg call to mind the rivers, trails and terraces of Pisaq in Peru’s Sacred Valley.
Knitting: Vest
A preppy, collegiate-inspired sweater vest with updated details and feminine shaping, Vaughan is the perfect piece to move your wardrobe from summer to fall. Cable columns and a textured center panel hold your interest, but no sleeves means you’ll be finished that much sooner! Pop it on over a crisp pullover or layer it under a jacket for extra...
Knitting: Pullover
In my daydreams I am incredibly rich and spend summers sailing around the Chesapeake on my gorgeous yacht. No matter that I have zero sailing experience. In these dreams, I’m always dressed like Rachel McAdams in Wedding Crashers: vibrant headscarf, gauzy pants and the perfect white cotton summer sweater. After spending years looking for such a...
Knitting: Tee
Don’t let the end of winter mean the end of your knitting! This casual spring sweater is the perfect project to knit and wear when the weather gets warm. Worked in a lightweight yarn, it features simple details to make a basic tee something special: a keyhole neckline, cap sleeves, and a pleat at the back covering a bit of lace.
Knitting: Cowl
Is it a cowl? Is it a capelet? It’s a cowlet! This versatile piece can be worn pulled down over the shoulders as a light capelet, or loosely around the neck as a cowl. Knit in fingering weight yarn at a loose gauge, it’s the perfect airy spring layer.
Knitting: Cardigan
A cozy cardigan perfect for boys and girls alike. Knit in DK weight to create the perfect layer to fend off fall’s chill. Simple cables frame the button bands and decorate the waistline. The body is knit in one piece from the top down, so it’s nearly seamless, and a simple rolled collar finishes it off.
Knitting: Throw
If you have purchased this pattern via Knit Picks, please be aware that when viewed or printed in black-and-white, the pattern repeat, which is outlined in RED, is not visible! Stitches 1-48 are worked 3 times.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
As the first fall chill hits the air, keep your hands warm with these delicate mitts. Simple stockinette adorned with lace, top and bottom, for an airy feel, and knit in fingering weight wool for a light layer.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A stranded sock featuring two slightly different diamond patterns combined for an interesting geometric effect. A checkerboard pattern creates a cushioned sole and a slipped-stitch heel looks tidy and is simple to work.
Knitting: Headband
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Nevado (“snow-covered” or “snow-capped”) is a cozy textured hat, quick to knit in worsted weight yarn. A combination of waffle stitch and wavy cables, the design is naturally stretchy, ensuring a snug fit, and works well for boys and girls, men and women, and babies of all shapes and sizes.
Knitting: Vest
Showing off small touches of lace, the Penny Vest is perfect for layering in the cooler seasons and wearing alone during the summer months. The Penny Vest is worked in the round to the base of the neck, then worked flat in a single piece to the armholes. Then, beginning at the armholes, the vest is worked flat in 3 pieces. Additionally, the lac...
Knitting: Pullover
Javi is a playful pullover for infants and toddlers, and is equally suitable for boys and girls. Functional button plackets make it easy to get on over bulbous little noggins. Sleeves are bound off at a
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
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Knitting: Baby Blanket
Cielito is a versatile baby blanket inspired by the dancing clouds and bright stars of an endless sky. It features a zig zag garter stitch border at top and bottom, framing a complimentary central stitch pattern--diagonally traveling columns of eyelets bordered by small star stitches. The sample was worked up in a tonal yarn, but try a tweed o...