Nothing like a big dose of inspiration! Etsy is always a playground for incredible knit and crochet creations, but over the past week, I’ve been finding more and more shops that are so amazing. Not only are the pieces and patterns incredible, but it seems most of the shop owners are personally comforted by knitting and crocheting, which makes their work even better.
Here are my top ten favorite knitting/crocheting shops on Etsy.
The Knit Kid is a Berlin-based shop that sells high-quality knitwear pieces. These colorful, striking tops and dresses are knitted by fashion design graduate Sabrina Weigt. “My business is 100% me,” she says. “I’m unique, and therefore my business is, too.” Unique and impressive.
The Velvet Acorn sells the MOST ADORABLE kids’ hat, scarf, and hood patterns. Shop owner Heidi May is inspired by both nature and her children, and it comes across perfectly in her pattern designs: earthy tones, flowers and leaves everywhere. Not to mention the super-cute animal hoods. I also love the chic, slouchy hats. “There is just something about wrapping up in a wonderfully handmade item,” Heidi May says. I couldn’t agree more.
Andy Ve Eirn is owned by Yael Scharaby, who graduated with a degree in textile design and a specialty in knitting. Her stunning knit pieces for adults are perfectly crafted, I am in love with them! She’s been a featured seller on Etsy, and was also showcased on The Martha Stewart Show. I think she will go far.
Neeka Knits sells sweet, girly knitted headbands, necklaces, gloves, scarves, and more. This Portland-based shop is hipster-lovely, selling patterns, accessories, and “other wooly goodness.” Her pieces are so cute, it makes me almost wish for colder weather here in California. Almost. “I love the fashion and design opportunities that come from a ball of yarn and two sticks,” says shop owner Adrienne. “The ingenuity and practicality of knitting is timeless and continually inspiring to me.” AMEN.
Pilland is a high-end shop that offers gorgeous knitted pieces that are elegant and well-crafted. The workmanship is perfect, and all knitted sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens are made of high-quality merino wool, silk, and mohair or cotton blend yarns. I love that they have a large selection of sweaters and jackets. Such a great shop.
Shoes! Shoes! The most adorable shoes! Bonita Patterns is true to their name—they sell patterns only—but I adore these bright, rainbow-colored creations. They also sell very cute hoods, hats, gloves, and scarves for kids and adults. Adorable.
“I have watched for years how my grandma knits during the wintertime, sitting by the wood stove. No matter how many times I’ve seen this in my life, I was always moved by it,” says Aleksandra, owner of Alex Malex Designs. This Bulgaria-based shop offers little accessories like collars, gloves, shawls, necklaces, hoods, headbands, and even jewelry. Her pieces are funky and pretty, youthful and sweet. “In one moment, I found myself being absolutely obsessed with knitting. The experience of thinking up a design and then making it with your hands, is very satisfying,” Aleksandra adds. I love this mentality, and I love this little shop. So unique.
Intricate Knits is intricate indeed, with very detailed, wild, and colorful statement pieces. Inspired by “nature, colors, shapes, and people”, shop owner Valerie Baber creates her knit scarves, gloves, hats, and more with pure natural fibers, and “can’t go a day without designing.” I really like this splashy knitwear. I hope she continues to be driven to design.
Toosha is a high-end “eco textile handmade design shop” which sells delicate, lightweight knit pieces. Mostly sheer, and oh-so-stylish, these cardigans, shawls, and scarves are only made of natural materials. Shop owner Tom Moatty, a graduate from textile design at the Shenkar College of Design in Israel, says, “Our items, like nature, got their personality in the process of movement and time.” You can see what she means with these floating, delicate pieces. Simply lovely.
Headed up by the super-cute Josie, the Maryland-based Peony Knits features sophisticated pieces that you would find a posh girl wearing: cowls, gloves, scarves, and boot cuffs. Simple, yet so pretty. “Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and every accessory is crafted with love,” says Josie. Aww!
There you have it: my current Etsy knit shop obsessions! I’m off to buy one of those cute little knit collars.