Anasazi Knits

I’m designing a line of sweaters inspired by Utah petroglyphs. The plan is to use the same designs in a yoke pullover, a jacket, a hat, and a short-sleeved shell.

Here are the petroglyphs:

And here are the knitted versions:



They aren’t bad copies, but I don’t see them working well together in a design. I have drawn a new chart that I’ll be knitting this weekend to see if it works.

Future issues:

Which yarn? Sport or fingering weight, Brown Sheep or hand spun


Closures–frog, clasps or buttons?


My knitting blog

First of all, true confessions. I want to be Stephanie Pearl-McPhee when I grow up. She writes about knitting and makes me laugh and cry.

I would also love to be a designer or professional knitter. When I found out that Rebekka knits sweaters as a day job to pay for her artistic photography career, I was inspired to design my own line of art sweaters.

For ideas and inspiration, I’ve been reading about the famous Bohus sweaters in Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition by Wendy Keele. I like the way they use the same colorway and pattern in several different forms. I think I will create a yoke sweater, a hat, and a jacket based on those patterns and maybe a simple short-sleeved sweater with the patterns across the top as well.

I’m basing my designs on petroglyphs from Utah rock art. The first line is animal shapes. I’ve designed a deer/goat, a snake, and an abstract scorpion. Here is the actual rock art:

Here are the knit samples so far:

So, not bad copies, but not an interesting, integrated pattern. I’ve worked up a new graph paper version, which I need to knit into a sample and see if it works.

Other exciting topics I need to approach:

closures–are buttonholes worth the trouble?

wool–homespun, purchased?

colors? redrock only, natural only, buyers choice?

If you are reading this first attempt, my apologies. As I tell my students, “Writing is a lot of work. All rough drafts suck.”