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.

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My current club, Indulge Yourself Shawls, is now complete and includes four lace shawl patterns, each at the Intermediate level. Doable, comfort-inducing projects for the year ahead!

The first two patterns in the Indulge Yourself Shawls Collection are Opal Dreams and Ruby Jewel.

The second two patterns are Aventurine and Blushing Pearl.

Year of Kaleidoscope Knitting 2020 Club

For 2020, I offered a series of patterns and tutorials to explore this fascinating new approach to knitting that I am calling "kaleidoscope knitting". Like the images in a kaleidoscope, the work is made up of sections that build on each other, resulting in an explosion of colour and shapes.

All six patterns plus a Kaleidoscope Knitting tutorial are also available on Ravelry.com.

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

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