Donna LOVES sweaters. Designing – Knitting – Wearing! She has been knitting for ages and loves to design artistic knitwear with intricate patterns that can be worn daily. She specializes in women’s sweaters & incorporates cables whenever possible. Her passion is reviving forgotten combinations and bringing them to life in modern cut sweaters.
She worked in the travel industry in sales & marketing, and has been a successful entrepreneur in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years. Combining her love for designing knitwear and her business background, she launched Donna Estin Designs, LLC in 2015. She earned her Master Knitter Certification in 2017 from The Knitting Guild Association which not only elevated her own knitting skills but provided a heavy emphasis on design and a deep knowledge of industry standards. She currently serves on the Master Hand Knitting Committee of TKGA.
Her designs have been published in Knit Now, Cast On, and more. She lives in Virginia and usually has two or more projects on her needles. She loves wool, sheep, dogs, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
When knitted with fine quality, natural fibers, the designs are transformed into timeless, heirloom treasures which will hopefully become favorites in your closet. When you invest the time in hand knitting a sweater, you want to love it and wear it forever.
Knitting is a wonderful skill full of challenges and joys. It provides meditative qualities that are addictive. It's an outlet for creative thoughts and problem solving. It’s a way to watch your favorite movie in the evenings and still be productive at the same time. It’s methodical, creative, technical and necessary if you want a fine, unique product that can’t be bought at any price. It’s a form of individual expression and pride. It’s takes days to learn and a lifetime to master.
I hope you enjoy these designs! Donna Estin