Michele Lee Bernstein (PDXKnitterati) loves designing accessories, especially if they use one or two skeins of very special yarn. She's especially fond of texture (brioche, lace, entrelac, elongated stitches) and using interesting techniques to make small projects sing. She loves teaching knitters to be the boss of their knitting and does so at local yarn shops in Oregon, fiber festivals including Vogue Knitting Live, and guild retreats. She is currently teaching on Zoom, all over the world! Find her on Instagram, Facebook, Ravelry, and Twitter as PDXKnitterati. Michele's website is pdxknitterati.com.
And add author to her resume. In 2021, Michele released her first book - Brioche Knit Love. Pick up a copy and get it personally autographed. Or buy Brioche Knit Love and have it shipped - we'll be sure to have Michele sign your copy before it gets packed up and sent.
Brioche Knit Love is available HERE
A few of our favorites from PDXKnitterati
Pooling Is A Cinch
The latest design from one of Portland's own. This convertible accessory will delight both hat and cowl lovers. The stockinette stitch body is perfect for playing with assigned pooling. Worsted weight yarn knits up quickly, giving you a fast and successful introduction to this fun technique. Pooling Is A Cinch has a reverse stockinette rolled edge at top and bottom. A knit cord is threaded through a round of eyelets near the top. Tie it in a decorative bow for a cowl, or cinch it to convert your cowl into a hat. An ideal design choice for Dream In Color's CLassy Cashmere - Assigned Pooling. Just one skein and voila! You have a new hat. Or is it a cowl?!
Michele's Pooling Is A Cinch pattern is available for purchase HERE
See our spectrum of Classy Cashmere - Assigned Pooling HERE
Jump on the pooling band wagon with us! ‘Assigned Pooling’ is the hot new knitting technique, judging by the recent and prolific influx of new yarns on the market specifically dyed to pool. Michele leads you on an assigned pooling adventure in her upcoming April class, Assigned Pooling (A Zoom Event). Learn how to make these gorgeous yarns work for you. You’ll start a project that like her Pooling Is A Cinch design, appeals to both hat and cowl lovers. The stockinette stitch body is a perfect canvas for playing with assigned pooling. Worsted weight yarn knits up quickly for a fun introduction to this technique.
Assigned Pooling (A Zoom Event) is scheduled for Sunday April 2nd from 1 to 3pm PST via Zoom. Learn more / sign up for Michele's Assigned Pooling class HERE.
Ebb and Flow
Ebb and Flow is a bandanna cowl, a scarf-ish cowl, a cowlish scarf, but definitely not a scowl. Waves of lace and stockinette alternate from the neck down to a triangular point. You can knit the cowl to be taller and the triangle shorter. Or you can knit the cowl to be shorter and the triangle longer. As one ebbs, the other flows, keeping it within the limits of a single skein of fingering weight yarn. If you have extra yardage, you can have both the taller cowl and the longer triangle. I suppose if you’re impatient or short on yarn, you could also knit a shorter cowl and a shorter triangle. You do you!
Ebb and Flow is knit with one skein of fingering weight yarn. Like Knitted Wit's Single Fingering. Choose your favorite color, and enjoy the ebb and flow!
Purchase the Ebb and Flow pattern HERE
See our wide range of colorful Single Fingering HERE
Aspen Leaf Coasters
A perfect lesson in brioche increases and decreases. The Aspen Leaf Coasters are knit flat with two colors of worsted weight yarn, like everyone's favorite Malabrigo Rios. And there's an option to syncopate one stitch on each edge lets you sample one more brioche knitting technique!
The Aspen Leaf Coasters pattern is available to purchase HERE
See our huge selection of Malabrigo Rios HERE
Join Michele in March for our class "Next Steps in Brioche: Aspen Leaf Coasters, Brioche Increases and Decreases." The class meets on March 19th from 1 to 3pm PST via Zoom. Included in your class fee is the Aspen Leaf Coaster pattern. Learn more / sign up for Michele's class HERE.
Half the Knit Sky
Half the Knit Sky is a top down half circle shawlette inspired by time lapse photos of a starry night. This easy knit uses only one color per row. Slip stitches create the colorwork star trail stripes, and the star stitch rows are a pop of fun. A bit of lace near the end sends you into orbit! The half-pi construction keeps patterning simple with only occasional changes in stitch count. And the dramatic color changes are achieved by pairing a solid colored yarn with a gradient.
Our Half the Knit Sky is knit with 1 Huckleberry Knits Gradient in our exclusive colorway 'Made You Blush', and 1 skein of a contrasting fingering weight yarn; we chose Manos del Uruguay's Alegria in the colorway 'Pewter'
Purchase the Half the Knit Sky pattern HERE
See our extensive line of Alegria HERE