Lisa Chemery is a French knitwear based in Germany. Lisa primarily designs children’s wear, with some of her patterns scaled to include adult-sized garments too, and her designs are wonderful! Vintage-inspired, Lisa’s designs feature simple constructions with beautiful details. My absolute favourite is Entrechat, which I have knitted four times and is my go to pattern for baby girls, features a peplum hem and an unusual variant of the raglan construction; it is simply adorable!
|Entrechat by Lisa Chemery. Image copyright Lisa Chemery|
|Baby and Toddler Tiered Coat and Jacket by Lisa Chemery. Image copyright Lisa Chemery|
When did you learn to knit?My grandmother taught me the basics when I was about 7 years old (I still have that widening “scarf” in red bulky acrylic!)
How did you getting into designing and pattern writing?In 2008, I found myself a knitter in the midst of a baby-boom and couldn’t find the kinds of kid garment that I liked, so I started coming up with my own designs. Soon after, I started offering a few patterns for sale on Ravelry and their success caught me by surprise. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love for a living.
What designs do you have in the pipeline?I have been mostly designing with worsted weight yarn so far (with a few sport weight designs), but I am now starting to warm up to working with fingering weight. As far as the current pipeline: I am about to release the grown-up version of my Hyphen cardigan, then testing will start on a very cute worsted weight pinafore dress. But after that, I may release a few fingering weight designs in a row! Right now, I am working on a very vintage/romantic dress with lace accents that is worked in Quince & Co. Finch.
|Hyphen cardigan by Lisa Chemery. Image copyright Lisa Chemery|
What’s your favourite knitting technique?I like I-cord finishing and short rows, and have really become obsessed with fair isle.
What knitting techniques would you like to try in 2017?I want to try st(eek!!)ing ;)
Which other GAL designers have caught your eye?Soooo many! I love your designs actually :D Thank you!
|Fluffy white clouds by Vikki Bird|
Otherwise, let’s see… I have designs by Tikki Knits, Lyrical Knits, and Christal LK designs sitting in my cart right now! (I actually forgot to check out so I missed the GAL sale! But that’s ok. Even at full price, they are well worth it!)
|Summer Festival by Georgie Nicolson (Tikki Knits). Image copyright tikki|
|Fractured fairy tale hat by Mary Annarella (Lyrical Knits). Image copyright Mary Annarella|
|Broadford by Christelle Nihoul (Christal LK). Image copyright Christal LK|
Do you knit Christmas gifts? What are your favourite gift knits?I used to knit a lot for Christmas but I don’t really have time to do that anymore and I don’t love the pressure to have everything done in time. I tend to knit things for people on a whim.
Lisa can found found on Ravelry as frogginette, at frogginette.com, on Instagram, also as frogginette, and on Facebook.
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