Hi, I’m Cat Ware,
I am an avid yarn ‘collector’, love knitting and design knitting patterns
To create beautiful and versatile knitting patterns, one stitch at a time!
I love creating simple but effective patterns which have interesting techniques included to keep the knitter engaged. As much as it means I often have to frog my designs and knit them several times, I enjoy experimenting with new ways to do things. For example, knitting hats from the crown down (Quinzhee Beanie or Garter Squish Beanie), making underarms pretty (Garter Squish Adult and Kids) or creating no fuss, integrated neckline and button band cardigans like the Flutterbye!
I design garments for all the family. Where I can and where I feel the design allows, I offer my patterns for as wide an audience as I can. For example both my current hat patterns are sized from baby to large adult. The Garter Squish patterns cover ages 2yrs to a chest circumference of 66″ and it is unisex, In fact, the only design (to date) of mine that isn’t unisex is the Flutterbye Cardigan – though, who really cares?? If Oscar wanted to wear it – good on him – my husband, not so much… but only because the largest size (currently – though I don’t really intend on grading it to adult sized unless there is a demand) is an age 12yrs and I am not sure it would fit him!
Although most of my patterns use techniques aimed at advanced beginner/intermediate level knitters, I make my patterns as clear and easy to follow as I can, provide demonstrations of techniques and I welcome requests for support via email or my contact me page!
It’s in the genes!
I come from a family full of dedicated crafters. Most of the women on my mothers side actively knit and sew. I first learned to knit (probably from my Mum and Nan, I can’t remember for sure) when I was a child and I dabbled with it during my teens, amongst other crafts. I had a website whilst I was at university where I sold sewn bags and accessories. By far my most popular product was a chicken door stop – I sold quite a few of those but otherwise I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a business. I once had a stall at a craft fair and sold absolutely nothing! Though In my defence neither did any of the other stall holders – It was a poorly advertised/organised event and no-one came!
I caught the knitting bug in my middle to late 20’s, after I finished university, had sewn all the things on my sewing machine that I could think of, and was looking for a hobby I could do in the evenings whilst sat on the sofa watching telly with my hubby.
That was it, completely hooked! I got brave, quick, and pretty good quick too, even if I do say so myself. I started test knitting in 2018 after Pippa was born and then got inspired to start designing in 2021! I could talk forever about my knitting journey, take you through some of the many lessons I have learnt, introduce you to some key projects. Great ones, awful ones and all in between, but If I did I would be here forever! If you are interested, it’s about time I wrote another blog post so maybe that’s a subject that needs to be talked about!
The “day” job…
After college I did what was the ‘done’ thing (or as it seemed at the time anyway) and went to university. Therefore I have a degree in Midwifery and practiced as an NHS Midwife for just short of 10 years. In June 2022, after working the bare minimum I needed to to keep my registration since having my children, I decided it was no longer for me and officially left the register. I will probably blog about this sometime, as Midwifery was a large part of my life and it feels a bit strange to have a whole degree in something I can no longer practice in… There’s probably a lot that needs be to said but to be honest, I don’t feel like I need to talk about it, I am just happy that I have been fortunate to be able to leave a career I wasn’t enjoying anymore.
However I can now also call knit design my day job too! Not just because I am independently designing and publishing patterns, but also because I am working for the start-up company Knit It; A brand new app aimed at ‘modernising knitting for the digital generations’.
Brand new and live now – go check it out!
To continue to knit of course!
Who knows how long this design flare will last… It all started with the Garter Squish Kids pattern in a (successful) attempt to create a jumper idea I had in my head but couldn’t find a pattern for. From there the designs have just kept on coming to me and although the design process is certainly challenging at times, overall I enjoy it and keep coming back for more!
There are still designs in my head, a couple of which are in progress and some I haven’t started yet. I plan to do this so long as I enjoy it and the designs come freely. I want it to continue to be enjoyable and not put pressure on myself to do more or force the process!