Welcome to Ilga Leja Handknit Design!

I am a knitwear designer based in Nova Scotia, although my roots extend from Latvia to Newfoundland. My work is characterized by classic silhouettes, unique construction, and playful use of stitch patterns.

Having recently returned from a trip to the desert in Death Valley, CA, I am now offering a series of four patterns in the Desert Series. Three lace shawls and a sleeveless top, each is inspired by the colours and light and unique beauty of the desert. Sign up to receive all four patterns and include a friend to receive them, too!

My current, year-long initiative for this year is Knitting Elegance 2016, a different kind of knitting pattern club. Read more about it here. It includes all four patterns in the Desert Series as well.

Come and explore knitting’s possibilities with new patterns for shawls, cowls, sweaters, vests, and more.

But there will be something more: a chance to try out different expressions with colour experiments and tapestry knitting. I will be providing tutorials--for members only!--on new approaches to the art of knitting!

Check out Knitting Elegance 2016 to view all the benefits of membership, including yarn discounts and free patterns.

The most recent pattern in Knitting Elegance 2016 is Quiet Forest:

Yarn for this design is available here.

For a complete overview of my knitting design work, view all my Design Collections and e-books.

Best-Selling Patterns Last Month:

Summer in the City

Urban Geometry

Quiet Forest

For a selection of yarns available, view Yarns and Specials.

Current Yarn Specials are available here.

FREE shipping on all orders over $199.00 CAD!

Enjoy your visit!    

Recent Blog Entry:

Desert Series

Introducing a new series of patterns, all inspired by the unique beauty and mystery of the desert: Desert Series.

For this series, I am offering you the chance to include a friend on your purchase!

Posted by Ilga Leja on 05/20 at 10:57 AM