Angela Tong is a knitter’s knitwear designer—and a spinner’s, and a weaver’s. She is working at the highest level across many fiber disciplines, from needle and hook to loom and wheel. (I want to see her studio, which I imagine is packed to the rafters with fascinating gear.) Her passion for handmade textiles in all their glorious variation is the heartbeat in each of her designs for knitters.
Angela’s life is immersed in these arts, through personal practice, design, and teaching. That’s why, when I saw she was the featured artist in the proof-of-concept episode of a documentary on knit and crochet, it made sense immediately. If, like the producers of Swatched, your goal is to examine knitting and crochet through both a personal and a creative lens, at “the intersection of identity and artistic process,” you want to talk to Angela Tong. She lives at that exact intersection. She walks the walk of daily textile practice. To watch the episode profiling Angela, just click on the video up top.
From Torch to Thread
Chatting with Angela the other day, I learned that although she studied at both the Massachusetts College of Art and FIT, she didn’t learn to knit until after school, when she was working in jewelry design, wielding a torch, melting metal, setting stones. She mentioned to her bench mate that she’d like to learn to knit sometime, and her bench mate said, “I can teach you.” And that was it, apparently, to the good fortune of knitters, crocheters, and weavers.
“I love handwork,” she told me. No kidding: knitting, weaving (on a half dozen different types of looms), crochet, spinning, felting, sewing, quilting, and the list goes on—all are second nature to Angela.
A Knitter’s Sampler
I asked Angela to narrow down her impressive archive of patterns to focus on a few recent favorites.
If you’re on the hunt for a project to show off that special hand-dyed skein, here you go.
Zoom on in to see the neat detail at the corner, where the lace section merges into the border.
A hat that will teach you mosaic knitting. One color at a time, slipping stitches, and before you know it …
I shouted at my phone when these wee worsted-weight warmers crossed my Instagram last fall. So quick, so cute—and those pom poms!
Here’s a theme: one-piece, one-skein, garter stitch, and a swingy, wearable drape.
Catch a Class
Angela is a prolific and beloved teacher, both in person and online.
Here are links to a few of her online classes and workshops: