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I'm Lee, a maker of things, doer of stuff! Designer of modern and innovative knitting patterns, specializing in any-gauge accessories and modular construction techniques.


I rarely design new knitting patterns nowadays, as my career has shifted to graphic design, but my knitting patterns all still exist, now with all sales being donated to mutual aid!


I designed patterns (and did some teaching and other freelance stuff) full time starting in 2008, but that became unsustainable around 2015 and I went back to school to train for a new career, graduating in 2018. I now work a full-time job designing the books at Knit Picks (and I occasionally get to design knitting patterns over there!), which means everything I earn from sales of my self-published patterns is extra.


Since I don't need the sales to live on, but I would love for my patterns (which I put so much time and work and love into) to continue having a life and being knit, I now use them to raise funds for orgs/causes that I care about. If my circumstances change at any point in the future I may have to stop donations, but I have no reason to see that happening any time soon.


Now (in 2021) 100% of sales are given to mutual aid folks/groups/orgs, or directly to people in the community who need help, mostly locally here in Portland where I live. If you have a suggestion of who/where/what I should distribute some funds to, let me know! (This twitter thread gets into a bit more detail and shows some receipts.)

About patterns by Lee Meredith

  • Most (not all) are for any gauge
  • Many include step-by-step photos for techniques and/or construction
  • They are usually easier to make than you might think
  • Sometimes you'll need to just follow the steps and trust that it will work out
  • Many have lots of options to choose from
  • There are rarely seams to sew or stitches to pick up
  • If you need any help with a pattern, check out the faq page or ask in the ravelry group, where you can get answers from Lee or other knitters

What people are saying

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As always, Lee's pattern was expertly written, easy to follow & fun as hell.

— Ady Bee in Massachusetts (about Custom Tritops hat)

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This design bent my mind in crazy new ways. It was magic to knit.

— Lacey in Georgia (about Gentle on My Mind bonnet/hood)

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I love these! The pattern is straightforward but absorbing, never difficult but never boring, either.

— grognon in Canada (about Twist on a Classic mitts)

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Wonderful pattern, really easy to follow and make sense of, you just need to trust the instructions!

— Christine in England (about Parallel Lines cowl)

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Well written pattern. ... LOVE! I love how this is constructed!

— Judy in Florida (about Triyang shawl)

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This is such a great pattern and a true stash buster, I will be making this one again.

— Debbie in Maine (about Slanted & Enchanted scarf)

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Another cleverly designed pattern by Lee Meredith (my third to-date - that's certainly more from any single designer than I've ever made before.) I love that I always learn something new from her designs.

— Adrienne in Oregon (about Wobble Bass hat)

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This knit up so quickly and I absolutely LOVE it. It's unlike anything else in my wardrobe, knit or otherwise.

— Crysta in Washington (about Color by Number Chevrons Cowl)

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After just a half hour of knitting, I can see that this pattern is going to be totally. addictive. :) What a fun and innovative pattern!

— Liz in Oregon (about Robin shawl)

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Can you tell how much I love her patterns? They're a godsend for people like me with a trunk full of half-skeins and partial balls of yarn.

— India in Texas (about Maurice cowl)

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Love Lee's patterns so much. Each time I knit one, I am amazed by how her brain must work.

— Kelly in Canada (about Junction shawl)

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seriously - this is one of the only patterns where I've hassled knitters and non-knitters alike to "look at this pattern. LOOK!" <3

— Kendal in Washington (about Either/Or mitts/mittens)

contact

email Lee at leemeredith@gmail.com