May we present: Jen Hagan: Knitwear Designer. ( Pictured with husband, Fred, during a visit to Ravenwood)
Jen Hagan is a full time knitwear designer and writer with two pattern lines and many published freelance designs. Jen started her Figheadh Yarnworks knitting pattern line in March 2005 and her Mirth pattern line for knitting and crochet in April 2010. Figheadh patterns are sold in over 400 yarn shops across the U.S. and are now available online. Both pattern lines, a total of over 80 published patterns, are available on Jen's website www.jenhagan.com and through Ravelry (www.ravelry.com).
Jen also teaches knitting and crochet classes in area yarn shops, and Jen's design work has been published in books such as Julie Turjoman's Brave New Knits, Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Yarn, Debbie Stoller's Son of Stitich & Bitch, Kim Werker's Crocketed Gifts, and magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Designer Knitting (Vogue Knitting's European counterpart), Interweave Knitting, Interweave Crochet, Creative Knitting, and Cast On. A recent addition to Jen's body of work was her chapter on blocking in DRG's The Perfect Finish, compiled by Kara Gott Warner and released in September 2010.
Jen is affiliated with the following organizations:
Association of Knitwear Designers: Professional Member
TNNA: Designer Member
The Knitting Guild Association: Designer member
Jen graduated with two degrees from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. (Master of Education in secondary education, Bachelor of Arts in English). She taught high school English for eight years and now lives and works in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Her educational background enables her to focus on producing clearly written knitting and crochet patterns that inspire crafters to challenge themselves and increase their skills. She has been crafting for most of her life -crocheting for over 40 years and knitting for over 30 years.
(For over a year, I searched for a knitwear designer that could showcase our cashmere. I discovered a design of Jen's on the cover of the British Magazine, Designer Knitting. I tracked her down through the Association of Knitwear Designers. After seeing her portfolio, I knew I'd found my designer. Imagine my delight when I then found she lived in Washington State. It was just meant to BE! We are delighted to have her with us and are thrilled to share her amazing talent with you. )
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