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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Original knitting patterns on Ravelry

Back when I was knitting more often (pre left shoulder pain) I would post my original designs to Ravelry. I still like to check now and then and see what the activity is on my patterns which are listed under Arbutus Books Designs.
Most often someone "favourites" a pattern but like the rest of us, rarely gets around to actually knitting all those favourites.
But here is a wonderful endorsement on Ravelry of my Toddler's Aran Vest pattern that I designed and knit for my grandson a few years ago:



Why haven’t more people made this?!! Well written, straight-forward, fast and satisfying. I used much finer yarn (DK instead of Aran) to decrease the size, and referenced other vest patterns to get a rough idea of my target finished measurements. 

The pattern is available for free and is indeed an easy knit, done in the round, which makes the aran cabling simpler and avoids seaming.

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