Laura Birek

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Cardigan
The gorgeous Gradient garment you’ve been gasping for, solid stripes set off automatic color transitions in this stunning piece. Satisfying the most exacting of color sticklers, this pattern precisely matches Gradient’s color changes across the body and both sleeves, ensuring a look of seamless ombre perfection.
Knitting: Pullover, Tee
The Hyperion Pullover has slightly unconventional construction and a sweet honeycomb lace stitch that will stretch your skills and thrill you with the results. The yoke is knit from cuff to cuff, the body picked up and knit in the round, making this top a great project for the beginning knitter who wants to move on to fun stitch patterns and ne...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Show your excitement for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential nomination with your very own “I’m With Her” hat! Wear it on November 8th (and then for the next 8 years!) and show the world that we’re stronger together!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Super squishy with its braids and brioche, this hat will keep you warm on the coldest nights. Though it appears to use colorwork, each row is only knit with one color at a time, so you won’t have to worry about fiddling with multiple strands.
Knitting: Cardigan
The nature of the lace and the cotton/linen blend used in this pattern means that this fabric is going to grow in length by about 20% after a few wears. The gauge listed above is measured after blocking, but not after wear. Thus, the measurements in the diagram and listed in the pattern are intentionally shorter than desired to allow for this g...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Fancy trying your hand at Entrelac in this gorgeous shawl? The results are a lovely patterning, accented by lace created when stitches are dropped. You’ll have heads turning with this unusual piece.
Knitting: Pullover
Band Camp! It’s a place to show off your skills and have fun with friends who share the same interests. This fun pullover features eyelet rows and stripes that will have every knitter wanting to share in your knitting adventure. Knit from the top down, it’s a sweater that just as enjoyable to knit, as it is to wear.
Knitting: Feet / Legs - Other, Boot Cuffs / Toppers
Sometimes you want to accessorize your boots without adding bulk. The Pikabu boot toppers provide just a glimpse of lacy flair without having to wear full stocking. This pattern is worked in two parts. First, the scalloped edging is worked flat to the appropriate length and sewn together to form a ring. Then the leg is picked up along the edgin...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Whenever I’m up in the mountains snowboarding I find myself designing new knitwear. It’s only natural that the snow and cold weather makes me want to break out the wool and needles. This year, I was inspired by the gondola cables spinning above me as they took me up the mountain. These metal cables are transformed into knit cables along the ban...
Knitting: Dress, Swimwear
On the far northwestern tip of the Greek island of Crete lies Balos Beach---accessible only by boat or a long hike, its pristine white sand and gem-colored Mediterranean waters provide the most beautifully isolated seaside spot to soak up the sun.
Knitting: Throw
UPDATE on Feb. 7, 2014: Pattern now includes cable chart and instructions!
Knitting: Pullover
Knitting: Pullover
This super-strechy, super-cozy baby pullover is the perfect gift for the little ones in your life. Seamless and machine-washable, it’s an easy-to-wear and easy-to-care-for staple for your baby’s wardrobe. The generous ribbing allows for growth, and as baby’s arms get longer you can unroll the cuffs as needed, so this sweater should fit your wee...
Knitting: Tote
This adorable little tote knits up quickly and felts into a sturdy fabric. This pattern includes options for knit i-cord handles or purchased handles. Or you can omit handles altogether and just carry it as a little clutch. It’s up to you!
Knitting: Pullover
UPDATE 10.14.08: I’ve updated the PDF to fix some minor errata. The most current version is “obamarama_36_v2.pdf”
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This is a baby hat I knit for friend whose brand-new baby had the initials K.M.B. I’ve included charts for all the letters of the English alphabet so you can personalize the pattern. Available in newborn, toddler, and child’s sizes.