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 also includes all four patterns in the Desert Series as well as yarn discounts and free patterns.

As part of the Desert Series, I am announcing the Sunburnt Shawl Mystery Knit-Along, with the first clue on 24 August 2016. Yarn kits for the MKAL are also available here.

The first two patterns in the Desert Series are the Sand and Stone shell and the Desert Blossom shawl.

Yarn kits for both designs are available here.

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

Best-Selling Patterns Last Month:

Sunburnt Shawl Mystery Knit-Along

Bermuda Scarf

Antique Lace

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:

Progress in the Sunburnt Shawl Mystery Knit-Along

The first three clues have been sent out to members of the Sunburnt Shawl Mystery Knit-Along and there have been such stunning versions so far.

You can still participate and get all the clues to date by signing up here or on Ravelry here.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 09/10 at 03:35 PM