There’s a boundless curiosity in the way Julia Farwell–Clay explores knitting. You see it in the patterns she writes—she’ll pull an idea from a science fiction novel or a length of handprinted fabric. She is a master of blending traditional and modern elements. It’s all very cool.
As a blogger, writer, teacher, lecturer, designer, and catalyst in the knitting world, Julia has for the past ten years dug herself ever deeper into the world of textile traditions and personal decoration.
As a former college teacher, Julia brings to her knitting students 30 years of knitting experience and a boundless enthusiasm for the craft. Her distinctive patterns usually include graphic interest and a modern twist on traditional color techniques.
Julia has created more than 70 patterns, and has been published as both a writer and a designer in Knitty, Interweave Knits, PomPom Quarterly, and Twist Collective, among others. To our delight, Julia is the featured designer for Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 7: Ease.
Contributions From Julia Farwell-Clay
Indigo, madder, and weld: oh my! A group of friends throw a natural dyeing party.Read More about Dye Day
Picket Fence Afghan: A Slip-and-Flip Tutorial
Slip-and-flip intarsia: Julia Farwell-Clay's newly "unvented" technique might be your new favorite way to take your ease.Read More about Picket Fence Afghan: A Slip-and-Flip Tutorial
Hashtag: My First Handknit Sweater
"Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise." (The Roman poet Horace knew a lot about first sweaters.)Read More about Hashtag: My First Handknit Sweater
Knitting It for Themselves: That Prada Sweater
From an haute couture campaign to the needles of ingenious knitters: the life of "that Eddie Redmayne sweater" has just begun.Read More about Knitting It for Themselves: That Prada Sweater
Introducing: The Eddy Wrap
Straight from the catwalk, via a designer who couldn't get a wild pattern out of her head, comes this autumn's must-have, must-knit, must-wear wrap.Read More about Introducing: The Eddy Wrap
Inspired by a photo of movie star Eddie Redmayne modeling a distinctive, scrappy sweater for a fashion design house, Julia Farwell-Clay became fascinated with how the stitch pattern worked. That fascination led to an article in our pages, and ultimately to this gorgeous shell-bordered wrap design. It begins with a classic (and easy-peasy) garter stitch triangle, which becomes the foundation for a whimsical border of short row shells combining colors like a mosaic tile floor or a stained glass window. Julia has written the pattern. Now all you have to do is get your short row game on! Please note: this pattern is provided in digital PDF format only. The suggested yarn is Berroco's versatile and drapey Ultra Alpaca.Read More about Eddy Wrap
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Clothes
Two knitters contemplate an artist who integrated everything, including her clothing, into her art.Read More about Georgia O’Keeffe’s Clothes
Mind of a Knitter: Daily Overview, Knitted
Neil Armstrong's "tiny pea, pretty and blue," can inspire knitting design.Read More about Mind of a Knitter: Daily Overview, Knitted
The Mind of a Designer: Knitting a Diebenkorn
A painting can be a map for knitting.Read More about The Mind of a Designer: Knitting a Diebenkorn
The Mind of a Designer: When Mohair Met Intarsia
The shimmering possibilities of stranded colorwork in fine mohair yarn.Read More about The Mind of a Designer: When Mohair Met Intarsia
Knit Detective: The Eddie Redmayne Sweater
Eddie Redmayne, Prada, and a vivid, intriguing stitch pattern.Read More about Knit Detective: The Eddie Redmayne Sweater
The Mind of a Designer: Julia Farwell-Clay
A peek into the process of designer Julia Farwell-Clay. Settle in; we have no idea what to expect.Read More about The Mind of a Designer: Julia Farwell-Clay