Sharpen your needles and get ready for a worldwide knit off. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a Pea Coat KAL. Get inspiration, personal coaching, and insider secrets from the industry’s brightest knitwear designers.


The Project

This KAL is a celebration of past milestones and new creative adventures. We’ll be knitting the iconic Pea Coat from the cover of Knitwear Design Workshop. Our featured yarn, Merino VIII from Trendsetter will soon be on sale from the KAL Store.  We swatched with the Gold Merino VIII, pictured above, using a size 8 (5 mm) needle. It yielded a beautiful, crisp fabric with a firm hand. 


Trendsetter's Merino VIII is a gorgeous eight-ply yarn that is perfect for this Pea Coat Project! In addition to the wonderful stitch definition and versatility, it comes in an astonishing array of vibrant colors.

Celebrate with us!

Unwind, stretch your skills, and join our close-knit global community.

KAL 2020

Lisa Hoffman

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“I tell my students to explore new techniques without fear and to relish this creative process.”

Lisa Hoffman is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from New York City. Her designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knitwear Magazines. She has designed patterns for Artyarns,  String, and Tahki Stacy Charles. Her book Faerie Knitting, co-authored with her cousin Alice Hoffman, was positioned at #1 on in the knitting genre.

Mari Tobita 

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“For me, the magic is in every stitch. It’s in the tiny details that work together to create a finished product.”

Mari is a multi-talented knitwear designer and visual artist. Her designs have appeared in magazines like Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and in several knitting books. Mari’s creative passions also include film and animation. In 1996, she moved to New York City from Japan to continue her work as a puppet designer. One of the animated films she’s worked on received 2 Academy Award nominations.

Trudie Joseph

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“Sunsets, spider webs, cats – my knitting is inspired by a little bit of everything from the world around me. Maybe beauty’s in the eye of the needle holder.”

Trudie is an avid handcrafter who enjoys knitting designs with intricate detail and classic garment construction. As a published knitwear designer, her Corolla Cropped Cardigan was featured in Vogue Knitting (Winter 19/20). Trudie’s ambitious upcoming designs are earmarked for publication in several major industry magazines next year.

Tracey Rivers

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“I’ve been knitting and crocheting for more than 40 years, but every project feels like a new beginning. I try to take life one stitch at a time.”

Tracey is a multifaceted creative. She’s a knitwear designer and certified Knitting and Crochet Instructor (Craft Yarn Council of America). This fearless fiber artist will be co-moderating the group on Ravelry and on our website. Tracey’s a wife, mom, science and mathematics educator, former Principal Dancer (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and former Broadway performer.


Important Dates

  • Deadline for sign-up: December 6

  • Zoom kick-off call: December 7

  • KAL project begins: December 13


Sign up for the full schedule.

Tel: 212-752-8149

Shirley Paden Custom Knits

414 East 52nd Street, NYC, NY 10022

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