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How come you started knitting?
My best friend’s mother, who was a seamstress, introduced me to knitting when I was about 10 years old, and this is where my passion began.
When did you take the step starting to designing patterns of your own? What is your favorite project ever?
Growing up in Budapest, Hungary, I was taught to knit without knitting patterns, so I started designing my own garments at a very early age. I eventually learned how to read and understand patterns in my late teenage years in the US where patterns were readily available.
I truly have the most fun designing unique, one of a kind knitted jewelry. I enjoy mixing different materials and textures with yarn.
Tell me about your designing process?
My design process always seems to start with the materials. I am always seeking out yarn and craft shops at home, or abroad, and perusing the shelves for unique yarns and materials. Today there is such a wonderful variety of yarns to choose from. Upon seeing and feeling the materials, that guides me in the direction I will go with my design. Most of the time my project ideas will come to me immediately, then I would later work out design variations at home in my studio.
You have such a special and unique expression in your designs, what inspires you?
Thank you for your compliments!
For years I knit garments and accessories that over time left me with a desire to seek alternative ways to have a little more fun with it. I started by incorporating different objects such as rings, glass beads, pendants, wire, and chain, into my projects, and that seemed to work best with knitted accessories. I then took it one step further and started experimenting with knitted jewelry. My design ideas are usually influenced by my experiences, travels, and the architecture I have seen. That is why you will often find my designs named after cities, such as my Toledo and Verona Necklaces.
Do you work as a full time designer?
Yes. With all the responsibilities of running my own design business, and the projects I take on, the demands have made it full time. Sometimes I find there are not enough hours in the day.
I initially started out in this business selling my completed projects through local boutiques here in New York. My designs drew attention, which eventually led to nationwide and international collectors, and eventually the formation of my own knitting pattern and kit company, Javori Designs.
With my knitting patterns and kits, I share some of my ideas and techniques so people can create unique knitting projects in their own homes. My knitting patterns and kits are sold online on my website Javoridesigns.com, on Ravelry, Etsy, and in yarn shops and online retailers. New patterns and kits are released periodically, which requires writing the patterns, overseeing package development, photography, etc.
In addition, I contribute designs for the Tahki Stacy Charles yarn company’s pattern publications, as well as knitting publications such as Creative Knitting, Debbie Bliss, and Vogue Knitting Magazines.
What advice would you give to our listeners that would like to start publish pattern their own?
I have been asked this question many times in interviews so I am at risk of repeating myself, but it is the truth. You truly have to love what you do to get anywhere in any business, and the same goes for knitwear design. With the presence of Ravelry, Etsy, and other community websites, anyone can post a pattern and call themselves a “designer”, so there is a lot of competition. You have to try to be original. You must be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort, and it is necessary to learn how the knitwear design industry works. Persistence is key.
What do you think is the perfect knitted gift?
I think the perfect knitting gift is a “knitted jewelry with beads” piece. Who doesn’t like jewelry?