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 blending creative stitches into modern cut women’s sweaters. With pattern support and tips to help knitters create the best possible garment, she delivers to the knitter easy to follow patterns for a fashionable sweater that fits.
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 to expand her artistic talent. 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 Review Committee of the national Knitting Guild Association (TKGA).
Her designs can be seen in the top knitting magazines around the world, including UK based Knit Now, Creative Knitting, Knit Picks, Knitting Traditions, Knitscene, Cast On and more. She collaborates with local farms to help family businesses expand their hand knitting product lines and increase yarn sales. Donna's interest in forging alliances with farmers extends from the family of people to the family of animals. "Awareness of fiber sources is the first step towards supporting the ethical treatment of the animals who provide fiber for our craft." -- Donna Estin
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.
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 play, create and 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!