Designer Spotlight – Tonya Wagner

23 04 2011

Today we meet Tonya Wagner, who designed the adorable Little Fang Sweater.

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I started knitting when I was nineteen years old – five and a half years ago.  I had always been interested in learning how to knit; I love the old-fashioned aspect of knitting and the ability to make your own clothing.  My then-boyfriend/now-husband is a professional guitarist, and I thought it would be nice to have something to do with my hands while he was playing guitar.  One day in the midst of finals I decided to pick up Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and taught myself to knit.  Something just clicked.  Now knitting is a huge part of my life.

How did you start designing?

I began designing mainly because I couldn’t find patterns for the type of garments I wanted to knit.  I thought, “how hard can it be?” and figured it out myself.  In the beginning I reverse engineered commercially-produced items, but then I started reading books by Elizabeth Zimmermann, Barbara Walker & Maggie Righetti.  They helped me to learn what I needed to know to take my ideas from sketch to sweater.

What was your first design?

My first personal design was a cabled purse that I knit just a couple of months after I began knitting.  From there I moved on to publishing designs on my blog and in print.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?

I designed the fang sweater for children.  When you contacted me about designing a child’s sweater, the first thing that popped into my head was the traditional yellow smiley face shirt.  I’m not sure why, but it was an instant visual.  I pictured two fangs at the bottom of the face, and then everything else kind of melted away. I decided to keep the sweater simple, with the intarsia fangs on the bottom front.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

My favorite vampire is Alice Cullen.  She’s just so darn cheerful for a vampire!  Plus, I have to admit to being a little jealous of her ability to buy tons of fabulous clothes.

Tonya can be found at her website:


Designer Spotlight – Nikol Lohr

2 04 2011
Happy Spring!
First of all, I apologize profusely for neglecting this blog! I have no good excuse for it – just let myself get busy with life and kids and family. But I’m back, and I promise to do better with keeping updates to the blog from here on out!
Today we meet Nikol Lohr, the designer of the gorgeous corset in the book! She runs the Harveyville Project and is the author of Naughty Needles.
How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

2004–a friend bough me a copy of stitch n bitch, and I taught myself

How did you start designing?

I came up with the concept for Naughty Needles & had to figure out how to produce my ideas.

What was your first design?

Fembot nightie from Naughty Needles.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?

Prim Reaper Corset. I was inspired by Drusilla’s undergarments in one of my all-time-favorite episodes of Angel, Dear Boy.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I’m terribly fond Buffy/Angel, but I’m also really really enjoying True Blood. I like my monsters with a heavy dose of humor and very little sulking.


Good News/ Bad News

12 01 2011

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to address something that’s happening right now in the Vampire Knits world and share a bit of good news as well.

First, the “bad” – Now, we all know that there’s a misprint issue and that several copies (though we’re not sure how many) were printed without several pages and repeating several pages. It seems that this is the reason why Amazon has decided to review all their inventory, so they no longer ship out faulty copies.  Hopefully this will be rectified soon and they’ll start selling them again. Until then, you can still find them at Michael’s, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, among many other sellers.  You can also buy the Kindle version.

The good news is that we’re heading into our second edition printing! Sooner than I thought we would, but perhaps this is happening sooner because of the misprints. Regardless, the new printings will have the Errata from the first edition fixed.

Thanks for your support, and happy knitting!


Meet Designer Nancy Fry

29 12 2010

I hope everyone had a great holiday, whichever one you celebrate!  Today, we meet designer Nancy Fry, who has inspired the most projects on Ravelry with her design in Vampire Knits.

How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

Knitting for 8 years. After having my daughter, I wanted to make a cute baby sweater I saw for her. I have been knitting ever since.

How did you start designing?

After making subliminalrabbits Bella mittens, I wanted to make more Twilight style. The only other pattern was a La Push Hat. Unfortunately, it was a crochet version. And Crocheting just mystifies me. So I decided to design a knit version and share it with others on ravelry. Then I just couldn’t stop.

What did you design for the book? What inspired you?

I designed Alice Cullen fingerless mittens. The design was done before the New Moon movie was released after an Official Alice Cullen movie still was released on the internet early. The design help me overcome my fear of the mess of dyeing my own yarn and gave me something to do while I waiting for the movie.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I really enjoy Emmett from the Twilight series, I am a sucker for broad shoulders and wise guy humor. Plus, he sparkles ;).

Designer Spotlight – Teri Christensen

21 12 2010

Quick reminder that Vampire Knits is now in kindle and ebook form!  Also, for any errata, go HERE.  And now, without further adoo…  meet one of our designers!!



How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I’ve been knitting since 2007, and my neighbor—an older lady from Denmark—taught me my first stitches and helped me make my first project: a dishcloth!

How did you start designing?

I started designing patterns a few months after I started knitting.  I was having difficulty finding basic, easy patterns for everyday things (like baby socks and fingerless gloves), so I came up with my own patterns.  While I do like to design some crazy things—like a 9 foot long Colossal Giant Squid—I mostly design for  beginning to intermediate skilled knitters and crocheters.

What was your first design?

My first design was my “Little 16” Newborn Socks.  They’re a great, fast project and the pattern is easy to memorize.  The name of the pattern comes from the fact that I use a 16 round repeat for the leg of the sock and then 16 rounds for the foot of the sock.

I was also listening to a lot of Depeche Mode at the time I came up with the design—LOVE THEM!!—and their song “Little 15” was stuck in my head, so I guess this pattern is also a tribute to them.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?

I designed the Paw Print Mitts for Vampire Knits, and I was inspired by Jacob Black in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books and his secret life as a werewolf.

My goal was to design something that would look like an ordinary pair of fingerless gloves at first glance but that also had a secret that could be revealed if the wearer so desired.  The 1×1 ribbing and short cuff of the pattern reflect the fact that Jacob is a “no frills” kind of guy, and they also make the mitts easy to put on and take off, which is just the thing for a werewolf on the go.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

Edward Cullen is my favorite vampire, and Twilight is my favorite vampire story.  I’m also a big fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

A New Way to Buy Vampire Knits

13 12 2010

Hello, everyone!  The holiday season is officially upon us and in full swing! I know I’m not done buying and making gifts for people!  Are you knitting anything for friends and family this season?

One gift you can give, of course, is Vampire Knits! Now there’s a new way to give the gift of vampires and knitting  in the form of an electronic book! By the end of this week, you should be able to buy the ebook in all forms – Nook, Kindle, etc. In fact, you order it on Amazon right HERE.

As of now, Barnes & Noble and Borders don’t have the link for ebooks yet, but I’m sure they will by week’s end.

This is a great way to keep Vampire Knits with you in your knitting bag!

Designer Spotlight – Cirilia Rose

21 11 2010

If you’ve seen the beautiful cover of Vampire Knits, you’ve seen Cirilia Rose’s handiwork. Here’s a little bit more about her!


How long have you been knitting and how’d you get started?

I have been knitting for ages! I started when I was 7 or so, made a few squeaky acrylic blankets for my little stuffed dogs. Around age 14 or so I got my hands of a copy of Vogue Knitting which had a “design your own sweater” table. I decided I was going to make myself a black v-neck cardigan. I never finished it but I really loved that I could pick and choose all the design features myself. In college I picked up a copy of a similarly encouraging book, Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch and I never looked back.

How did you start designing?

Besides my early childhood attempts, I was working at Webs in Northampton, Massachusetts and they put out a call to all employees.

What was your first design?

My first design for the Webs catalog was the Stirling Cloche, a simple felted cloche made from a unique loop boucle mohair. People substitute all yarns for it all the time but I really love the distinctive fabric of felted mohair. I’m still very much a yarn driven designer.

What did you design for Vampire Knits?  What inspired you?

I designed the Lore Hoodie that appears on the cover! It’s my first book cover, so I’m really excited about that. I wasn’t inspired by any particular vampire tale, but I had been taking lots of walks in cold, snowy woods. A generous hood and a feminine lace pattern seemed like just the think for a person who lurks in the forest.

Who’s your favorite vampire, or what’s your favorite vampire story?

I’d have to go with Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is such an interesting character in general, but the complicated relationship he has with Buffy is wonderful to watch. He’s so steadfast and deeply romantic underneath a prickly exterior. Watching his trajectory throughout the series is so absorbing (I get a LOT of knitting done watching Spike!). And I guess I’m a sucker for a sardonic vampire with a sense of style!