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.

My new initiative for this year is Knitting Elegance 2016, a different kind of knitting pattern club.

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 first pattern for the year is To the Manor Born:

Yarn kits for this design are available here.

For winter, I have released an e-book, Celtic Colours: Knitted Accessories from New Scotland:

It contains three patterns: Marion Bridge cowl, Loch Lomond scarf, and Dunvegan tam, each exploring a version of Scottish plaids and tartans:

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

Best-Selling Patterns in 2015:

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:

January’s Best-Selling Patterns

Bermuda Scarf continues to be my No.1 best-selling pattern in January, followed closely behind by the Marion Bridge cowl, part of my Celtic Colours Collection.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 02/05 at 05:41 PM