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 current release is 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:

Another recent pattern is the Smocked and Smitten cowl, part of the City Collection.

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

Best-Selling Patterns Last Month:

Among the Birches:

Smocked and Smitten:


Yarn kits for both the Smocked and Smitten and Cadenza patterns are available here.

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

Current Yarn Specials are available here.

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Enjoy your visit!    

Recent Blog Entry:

What Yvette is Wearing

Yvette is wearing the Cadenza cowl, this time elegantly pinned for a more dramatic look.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 11/06 at 01:08 PM