A. Karen Alfke

A. Karen Alfke

My aunt taught me to knit and design my own simple sweaters in the 1980s in Germany. Decades later, I realized that many American knitters didn’t knit this way - so my Unpatterns were born as a way to guide knitters through the basics of simple garment construction - with any yarn, knit at any gauge.

And while I love empowering people to design their own, I love to design myself! I’ve been fortunate to play with Tina at Blue Moon Fiber Arts for years - the Traveling Sweater is our most notorious collaboration. I was also a member of the design team at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.

You’ll find me moderating my own Ravelry group, akabini & friends, as well as the color-crazed crew over at the Blue Moon Yarns that Rock group. Come join the fun! I’m always aiming to empower and amuse.

original designs  

original designs

from Rockin' Sock Club
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Patternfish
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from The Knitter's Book of Socks
from Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with...
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from Knitty, Spring 2009
from 2nd Nature Design
from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
from 2nd Nature Design
from 2nd Nature Design
from 2nd Nature Design
from 2nd Nature Design
from Churchmouse Wee Ones