Knitwear designer Susan Barstein will keep you in stitches!

We got a chance to chat with one of our knitters' favorite designers, Susan Barstein of SKnitsB. Find out a little bit about Susan, her inspiration for designs, and even a knitting tip! 


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Where do you live? 
I live in Birmingham Alabama. I have a wonderful supportive husband and three great children. We have two labradoodles. Many of my family members including the dogs are often seen on my knitting patterns.

When did you become a knitwear designer? What got you started?
I've been knitting since I was a young child. My mom taught me to knit. I've always enjoyed my own designs but started designing patterns seriously after working at my LYS (local yarn store). I've been designing for about 4 years.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my customers! It’s people like YOU who inspire me to design what they want to knit. I love fashion too and I’m always checking out what’s new.

Do you draw out your design first..or does the yarn lead the way?
I usually come up with a design in my head first then I’ll sketch it or just start knitting!

Do you have a favorite yarn for your projects?
I love all yarn but I’m partial to dk and fingering weight yarns. Madelinetosh yarn is among my favorites. I love natural fibers.

Who are some of your favorite knitting designers?
Too many to name!

What are your favorite type of knitting needles?
I like nice quality needles in bamboo and metal with nice tips. I prefer circular needles.

Do you have any new patterns coming for fall?
I've got several new designs coming out for fall. I’m working on a new tube scarf and a beautiful baby blanket. The baby blanket is knit with a new yarn  “Big Bad Wool” that is being launched this fall.

When you're not knitting, what else do you like to do?
I love spending time with my family and my pups. I enjoy yoga and walking!
My husband and I like to travel to see our kids! I work at my LYS several days a week.

Do you have a favorite knitting tip you'd like to share with our knitters?
Knit a gauge! Don’t cut corners and always take the time to do nice finishing touches.


Happy knitting!