Fatimah Hinds is a superhero, basically: patient Middle School Math Teacher by day, mighty Knitwear Designer at pretty much all other times.
HERE’S Fatimah with her Garter Dollop design, PERFECT FOR one skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. COBBLESTONE.
With more than 70 designs to her name, she is constantly cooking up new ideas.
It was great to Zoom with her the other day. Our cats met, and one of her small humans made a cameo appearance. You know, such a 2020 moment.
I’m always curious about a designer’s point of view. Given her science training (Earth and Atmospheric Science—plus a masters in middle school education), it’s not surprising that Fatimah is constantly chasing those moments of discovery. “I just start knitting it,” she says, “and if I don’t like it, I frog it. So many times I ask myself, ‘Why did I do this?’ with a chuckle.”
Her designs begin with a simple craving: she sees something she likes, but it’s not quite what she wants. All of a sudden, she’s diving into a new design.
Fatimah is all about unisex designs—pretty much everything in her Ravelry collection works for everybody. Her favorite kind of knitting is our favorite: tricky bits along with stretches where you get to rest. “I don’t want people to labor to make my designs,” she says.
My first eyeful of Fatimah’s design work came when her Pom Cubed Hat landed in the MDK March Mayhem championship of patterns.
She writes: “I wanted to create a unisex hat with texture that showcases the high contrast of the yarn. If you haven’t tried or mastered cabling without a cable needle, this hat would be a great start.”
AFTERTHOUGHT EARFLAPS: CLEVER!
Great for variegated as well as gradient or solid yarns.
There are spirally good times to be had with this hat.
I asked Fatimah about her favorite designs—the gems that have yet to be discovered. She mentioned five. They’re all great.
For a Hot Day
Her newest pattern, Adventure Tank, is all we need for this hot summer. The straps are knit first, then the tank is knit in the round to the hem. Not much finishing is required.
Knit on size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, the fabric here is light and airy.
A Twisty, Delicious Hat
Here’s a perfect use for a skein of Spincycle’s dreamy Dyed in the Wool: Stellar Dendrite Hat.
Fatimah writes: “I’ve been really inspired by all of the heavily cabled knits that are out there. Also, I wanted to design a hat that would use up every bit of this gorgeous yarn. The three different cables are bold enough to stand up to the color changes and variegation of the yarn. With this much detail you’ll never be bored while knitting this.”
A Cardigan with Brilliant Texture
The Nether Brick Cardigan combines so many favorite elements: top-down knitting, stitch patterns to keep us on our toes, a DK-weight yarn. Fatimah writes: “I designed this lovely cardigan with comfort and wearability in mind. It’s perfect for wearing to work or for Saturday errands. I shaped and sized it for male wearers but it would be lovely on any body. I wanted something that my husband would actually wear but was also interesting to knit.”
A raglan shoulder is so cool, every time.
The clean lines work with neutrals or vibrant color.
Fatimah feels an adventurous beginner can totally make this amazing design.
One of the magic moments in knitting.
She writes: “I wanted to create a unisex hat and cowl with plenty of visual interest. Traditional cables, slipped stitches, and a cable that looks like an hourglass flow smoothly from the atypical 1 x 1 ribbed brim. Stitches are cast on for the brim and then knit to the crown. The hat can easily be knit longer to create more of a slouchy hat.”
Such juicy little cables, fun to knit.
There’s so much to admire in what Fatimah is up to. Can’t wait to see where her curiosity takes her next!