Designer Q&A: Megan Nodecker

Megan Nodecker.

Photo courtesy of Megan Nodecker.

Q: When and why did you start knitting?

A: I learned to knit from my grandma when I was little and knit on and off throughout my childhood, though I didn’t really get into it until I was just out of high school. I worked at a ski resort in British Columbia for a year and during the off season there wasn’t really any work for me. Instead of going home for two months to wait for winter, I decided to stay and I would knit my coworkers toques and scarves in exchange for dinner and leftovers.

Q: What was your first knitted project?

A: The first thing I remember making was a tiny garter stitch change purse. It was made out of variegated acrylic in dark red, green, blue, and purple and it was just a long rectangle that I had sewn up the sides. I added a little red button to the front and a long, crochet chain strap so I could wear it over my shoulder like a little purse. (Which I did, constantly.)

Q: When did you start designing?

A: I’m not really sure. Back in 2010 my sister and I started a business making handknit accessories and sold them online and at markets. We made all of our own patterns for the things we sold, as it never even occurred to us that there were patterns we could have worked from.

Megan Nodecker.

Photo courtesy of Megan Nodecker.

When we were invited to the first Knit City (a fiber festival in Vancouver, British Columbia) in 2012, our booth was next to Alexa Ludeman’s of Tin Can Knits and that was my first real exposure to the concept of a knitting pattern designer. I remember purchasing a copy of her Pop blanket and how excited I was to start knitting it. The next year we came back with some of my first patterns.

Q: Describe your first design.

A: One of my first self published designs was a simple garter stitch headband with a little gathered bow detail.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of designing?

A: By far it is seeing what other people have made from my designs. I love it when people share photos with me or post their project photos on Ravelry, especially when I can tell they love what they’ve made!

Q: What was the inspiration for the Wilderness Cardigan from knitscene Spring 2017?

Photo Credit: Harper Point Adventures.

A: I tend to design things that I want to wear, and in the spring and summer I am all about light layers. The stitch pattern is called “Wheat Lace” and I wanted it to evoke rustling fields in late summer.

Q: How long did it take to knit?

A: I can’t be exactly sure, but I do remember it taking a lot less time then I thought it would! It always surprises me how quickly all-over lace patterns go once you get the hang of the stitch pattern.

Q: What advice could you give to aspiring designers?

A: Don’t be afraid to frog! Sometimes when something isn’t working, it’s not working for a reason and the best thing you can do is focus your attention somewhere else. I find it’s very important not to be too hard on yourself. I’ve never considered ripping out my knitting as a failure, but as a really wonderful (though sometimes heartbreaking!) way to learn.

Megan Nodecker.

Photo courtesy of Megan Nodecker.

Q: What is your least favorite thing to knit? Why?

A: Gloves with all the fingers and small toys. I find they’re too finicky and I get frustrated with their smallness. Give me 15” of stockinette in the round any day!

Find Megan online at www.pipandpin.ca and on Ravelry as knitpipandpin.

—Hannah


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