Margaret FisherHi! I'm Margaret Fisher—knitter and crocheter. I love sweaters and clothing, and I design and make one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. I'm a TKGA Master Knitter and I teach knitting, crochet, and sweater design workshops across the country at conferences and conventions and for knitting guilds. Iíve taught at STITCHES conventions, The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) conventions, The Knit & Crochet Shows, and The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) conventions. My articles and designs have been published in Cast On magazine. I am the author of Seven Things that can "Make or Break" a Sweater®, a knitting technique book.

My aunt, Eugenie Eaton, taught my sisters and me to knit when I was ten years old. Although Aunt Gene wasn't actively knitting at that time, she could work a knit stitch and she had made a sweater as a teenager. We started out by knitting odd shaped pieces with many holes in them. I moved on to garter stitch scarves, and then decided that I wanted to make a sweater. My mother took me to the local department store where I bought the yarn for a navy blue v-neck. Armed with a small learn to knit book, I got to work. I finished the sweater and I was hooked.

I am a self-taught knitter. As I like to tell my knitting students now, I made many, many sweaters before I ever took a knitting class. In the 1980's, I started taking classes at a local yarn shop and at conventions. My knitting really improved as a result.

In the 1990's, I went through The Knitting Guild Association's Master Hand Knitting Program where I learned much about technique, stitch patterns, different types of knitting, reference sources, and design. Shortly after I received my Master Hand Knitter certification, I was asked to become a member of the Master Hand Knitting Committee—the committee which reviews the submissions to the program. Later I became the co-chair of that committee. I learned so much from examining and critiquing other people's work. It's one thing to knit something yourself. It's a completely different thing to try to figure out, from a piece of knitting, what someone else has done. That experience helped me greatly as a teacher and a knitter.

I like bold colors, textured fabrics, and contemporary styles. I like to make garments and accessories—sweaters, vests, tops, jackets, coats, hats, stoles, shawls, and purses. Entrelac, slip stitch patterns, diagonal knitting, free-form knitting, free-form crochet and crochet edgings are some of my favorites. Since I haven't formally studied art (my degrees are in math and finance), I've taken courses in color theory, fashion illustration, and flat pattern drafting.

I'll never stop learning. It is one of the great things about knitting—no matter how much a person knows about it, there is always something else to learn.

Photo by Kellie Nuss