Kristen TenDyke has been designing knit and crochet garments since 2005. She lives right here in Waldo county with her partner and 2 sons. She spends her days homeschooling, and doing the various aspects of knit and crochet designing. Kristen focuses on interesting sweater constructions, which are now usually seamless. She’s written 3 books, including Finish-Free Knits, No-Sew Knits (both from Interweave Press), and a book focusing on using eco-friendly Maine based yarns—Knitting Maine.

In 2010, Kristen began a growing collection of patterns that are dedicated to supporting the use and production of eco-friendly yarns. Her Caterpillar Knits patterns use yarns that are organic, fair trade, low carbon footprint, recycled and animal friendly yarns that use low impact, natural dyes, or no dye at all. By creating these patterns, Kristen hopes to inspire others to join her quest to sustain the well-being of our Earth with each yarn decision we make.

When designing crochet garments, Kristen loves to bring what she knows about knitting into those designs. For example, in the newly published Kaya Vest, crocheted in Quince & Co. Sparrow, the lower band ribbing is reminiscent of ribbed bands on knitted garments, but it’s worked entirely differently! The lower band is worked side-to-side, then the first row of the body is worked along one selvedge edge of the lower band. The body is worked in the lace pattern as one piece from the lower band to the underarms, where the back and front are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. The lace pattern is both written and charted.

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Kristen Ten Dyke's Spring Baby Cardi was first created in 2010 for her 6-month-old niece. Kristen wanted something quick, with simple shaping. The body is worked as one piece, from the hem to the underarms, then the back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Kristen’s favorite detail in this sweater is how the lace transforms into the ribbing. This pattern is written to fit newborn through 24 months.

Our newborn-size Spring Baby Cardi is knit with just one skein of Cascade's Ultra Pima - a dk/light worsted mercerized cotton. This yarn is soft, has great stitch definition, and a lovely sheen!

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The Age of Brass and Steam is an easy, yet elegant triangular (free) shawl pattern that has been around for years on Ravelry. With easy eyelets incorporated every few inches, it is a great pattern to use with any plant based yarn for summer wear.

Recently, a customer came to our shop wearing a triangular shawl, which she knit inspired by designer Stephen West. Instead of "eyelets" every few inches, she used a Noro yarn and knit four rows of garter stitch. This easy tweak of adding color ridges made a striking shawl. We just had to knit one too.

If you have about 400 yards of neutral dk, worsted, or aran weight yarn in your stash, grab a skein or two of Noro and have fun! If it isn't in your stash, this may be a good time to try some of Maine's natural yarns. We have Noro Kureyon to use with aran or heavy worsted neutral yarn or Noro Silk Garden to use with light worsted or dk weight yarn.

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