Designer Spotlight Post: Jen Hagan

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Jen Hagan’s Glentrekker is a traditional cardigan made with Bare Naked Wools Breakfast Blend DK.

 

You’ve probably seen at least one of her designs under Figheadh Yarnworks or Mirth Designs.  This Pacific North-Western based knitwear designer is cropping up everywhere.  Her classic designs, like the cardigan pictured above, and her Herbage beanie – are suddenly catching knitters eyes.

 

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Jen Hagan’s Herbage beanie shown in Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK

 

“The Herbage Beanie seriously started about four years ago as an idea for sport-weight yarn. The result came out a little too fine and I got distracted with other projects. So it waited. When I met Bare Naked Wools’ Stone Soup DK, I knew it was time to bring this hat out of hibernation.”

Jen Hagan was born into a family of strong women.  She learned how to crochet when she was 11 years old.  A self-made woman in every sense, she created a design business that is rooted in exploring one’s imagination.  She is open to self-discovery and all of the joy that it can bring.

She was an English teacher for 8 years before and opted for a career change that would allow her the freedom to create designs and share them with all of you!

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The Espalier Tam is festooned with architectural twisted stitches akin to the source of its name, the garden practice used to train trees, shrubs, or woody vines into a sometimes flat, decorative configuration not normally formed by nature itself.

 

“The Espalier Tam started as a companion to the Harrow Tam, which I designed specifically to showcase Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup Fingering. Knitspot’s Anne Hanson generously sent me some of her beautiful yarns to try.”

The original Figheadh line, “Fig-head” line, or as properly pronounced, “Fee-yugh” line is Celtic themed.  As you can imagine, her cable-work and color-work designs are inspired by this very theme.  (I’m wondering if she’s an Outlander fan now… )

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The Harrow Tam is part of the Homegrown Hat Collection and is an easy knitted project with a simple four-row cable and lace stitch pattern.

 

The design idea for the Harrow Tam was inspired by one of Jen’s favorite movies Summer in February.  If you’re familiar with Downton Abbey, then you’ll recognize the dearly missed Dan Stevens, AKA Matthew Crowley.

Jen was looking for a yarn that would closely match the original in the movie.

“Fortunately, I was able to use a very similar-looking yarn for the Harrow.
This is Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup Fingering in Pumice, a lovely yarn with a bunch of different fibers. You name it, it’s in there!”
To keep up with all of Jen’s designs, knitterly news, and random musings, visit her personal blog here!
Happy Knitting,
L

 

 

 

 

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