In 8 years of designing I became brave enough to start my own line of designs under “Nadya’s Designs”.
I have learned a lot from working with number of publishers, and since quite a few ideas have been rotating in my head, I just could not ignore them.
My new line begins with Gem Hill, the mini collection of three garment designs, and the first one is Orlets Pullover: over-sized cozy sweater design, generously supported by UniversalYarns, and edited by Tian Connaughton, who patiently held my writing hand through the process of recalculations and polishing off my pattern.
ORLETS is the Russian name for Rhodonite mineral. The meaning of this word is “belonging to eagle”. People who live in Ural Mountains quite often find these pink stones in the eagle nests. That is how this name was born.


Design construction: the body is worked flat in pieces, then sewn at shoulders. Sleeves and pockets are worked from picked up stitches flat, and then seamed. Collar is worked in the round from picked up stitches up.
The combination of three different Rib stitch pattern, comfortable fit and look, embracing collar and hidden in the side seams pockets are the features of Orlets Pullover. It could be styled with lace skirt and high heal boots, or your favorite jeans and sneakers, depending on your daily activity or evening plans. 

Gem Hill collection was inspired by my homeland in the Urals, full of beautiful lakes, forests and gems
Gem Hill collection contains surprise pattern, which will be removed as soon as the third pattern is up for sale. Happy knitting to everyone!
2017 New Designs

I am very happy to share, that I have 5 new designs added to my portfolio this year, and they are: 

Time Out Tank published in Knit Scene Summer issue.  Photography: © Interweave / Harper Point Photography


Fore-Tine Cardigan, the part of the 2017 Lakehouse Collection, issued by Harrisville Designs, photography: © Harrisville Designs


Pocket Ride cardigan from Knit Picks 9 Lives Collection. Photography: © Knit Picks
  

Sunset Pullover published by my new Canadian friends from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. Photography: © AAFC



In Spring of 2016 I sent submission of my two designs to Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts. Both of proposed patterns were accepted and one of them is now published: Sarafan Vest. I was not familiar with AAFC yarn before, but loved it with the first few stitches that seemed to be springing from needle to needle almost without my help. I first concerned about colors chosen by company, because I know that it is not easy to achieve decent look trying to make Black and Brown friends. As soon as I worked the swatch, I happily found out that it looks like antique jewelry: very showy! Iced Coffee and Fortuitous are great together!
In general I tend to design garments with side seams for practical reason: they help to keep the shape of the project.  Sarafan Vest is designed as a one piece to knit to underarms, and Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash Merino DK holds its shape very well. In addition, Mosaic borders also give good support to whole construction of this long sleeveless coat.

And of course, the garment itself is so versatile and allowing to be combined with many pieces of your favorite wardrobe basics. Also available on Ravelry

Photo by Vince Vardeleon


At the same time… You knit


Sometimes the patterns give instruction for two or more simultaneously running shapings. Normally that are front armhole and neckline shapings. Although shapings are knit simultaneously, the knitters need to keep track of those shaping separately. If my pattern contains this kind of instruction, I do include row counters into notions section. Since my own counters are the same, I hooked each of them on different color thread or ribbon; and it is always a good idea to make a note which marker is used for each shaping.


If there is no row counters among knitter’s supplies, simple piece of paper can help. Just divide the page in the sections, mark the names of the shapings, and then keep marks for each shaping on the paper until each shapings is accomplished.



Usually there is a phrase in instruction: “At the same time…” It means that the row counting begins with the same row for each shapings given.
There are 4 new "seasonal" designs of mine published recently:


Balmoral Dress with Interweave Online Store, 
photography by Interweave Knits 2016 :


Anticipation Pullover with Love of Knitting, Winter 2016, photography by Interweave 2016

White Hot Chocolate Coat and Aren’t You Plaid it’s Christmas Set with I Like Knitting, December, online magazine, photography by I Like Knitting magazine:



Few months ago I got a chance to work with Valley Yarns Company for their May 2016 pattern collection. That was a privilege for me! 
I have completed three patterns for this occasion:
Easy Day Tee in Longmeadow


It features colorful stripes and smoothly shaped hem using short rows





For several years, I wanted to work on white pullover; I made so many swatches with different yarns, and I am very pleased with final sample: this stitch seems to be excellent match for Goshen yarn.

   



We all have preferences, I am not excluded. When I worked with Southwick yarn, I fell happy. I know what it was: bamboo fiber gives the fabric such lovely silky touch and beautiful drape; I also love this tone of blue.  





Photography © Valley Yarns


All three patterns could also be found on Ravelry
Knit Picks company has recently issued Heritage collection, this time featuring men knitwear. I am happy to be one of designers, who worked on this collection. My design is comfy and cozy Hidden Light Cardigan with double shawl collar and chest pocket. I worked the pocket keeping in mind my husband who cannot function without chest pocket on his clothes. I am very pleased with great photography by Knit Picks. Here are few of my favorite shots: