Designer Spotlight: Meet Rich Ensor

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knitspot patterns and bare naked wools yarns are making connections all over the  place and laura, our social media wizard, is going to be turning the spotlight here and there on items she discovers in her travels through cyber media. the first in her series came to us a few weeks back—look for more every week or two.

Allow me to introduce Rich Ensor to you.


Rich attended Anne’s a sock design class a couple of years ago at Fibre Space.  He designed these beautiful socks and wrote a beautiful email to Anne over the holidays:

Hi Anne!!!
I don’t know if you remember me. I took a sock design class a couple of years ago at fibre space. You were kind enough to post some pictures of my sock on your blog. Fibre space published the pattern for those socks on their site this week. It’s a bit of a story for why that took a while, but we can save that for another day.
Anyway, one of your blog readers left a comment on the ravelry entry, which reminded me that several of your readers had said they were looking forward to the pattern. I thought I’d send you the link if you wanted to share it with your readers. I didn’t want to leave a comment on your site since that feels spammy. And, no pressure here. If you don’t want to post the link, I’m not offended. I just wanted to give you the choice.
BTW, that class has had a huge impact on me. I’ve self published a handful of patterns & been featured on Knitty. I’ve found this really fun, creative outlet. I’ve met and become friends with some really great people, and it wouldn’t have happened without that class, so you have my sincere thanks. The only downside is trying to find the time to knit up the sweater quantity of bare naked wools that I recently purchased.
I hope you have a great holiday,


Aren’t they dynamite?!  These are his Alluvial Deposits socks.  They made quite a stir; many of you asked how you could get a hold of his pattern. It just so happens that Fibre Space recently published it and you can find it here—what a thrill!

Since then, Rich has self-published a handful of patterns and has been featured in Knitty, where you can find his Neldoreth sock pattern. We’re excited to share his pattern with our readers and we encourage you all to keep an eye on him. I’ve no doubt that we can expect more great things from Rich in the future, maybe even in some bare naked wools sock weight yarns.

Rich’s personal blog is over here; he has over a dozen different sock patterns to choose from, any of which would be gorgeous in—ghillie sock and breakfast blend fingering both feel great on your feet and are very hardwearing.

You can also find Rich’s patterns on Ravelry, where he also hosts low-pressure KAL’s in his Ravelry group – “That Bald Guy Knits”!

Here are just a couple more of his beautiful creations!





16 thoughts on “Designer Spotlight: Meet Rich Ensor

  1. This is the reason for teaching–Rich definitely gets an A+ as a student and you get Teacher of the Year

  2. If my mother were alive, she’d scold me for wearing such ratty jeans in public. HA HA!!

    Thank you for such a kind post, and thank you to everyone who has left such kind words in the comments.

  3. wow anne and rich – thank you for this new resource!
    have already downloaded alluvial deposit – and have plenty of BNK yarn to choose from!

  4. Am I the only one humming TMBG’s “Meet James Ensor”? (“Belgium’s famous painter, dig him up and shake his hand, appreciate the man!”)

    Lovely socks – so great to see these fresh designs. Thanks for showcasing him, off to inspect his blog! 😀

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