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Diane Zangl


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Living on the edge of a national wildlife refuge, the changing colors and scenery of the Midwest’s four distinct seasons have a noticeable effect on Diane’s design aesthetic. Her philosophy is that of creating classic, yet current, garments that can be enjoyed across several seasons. Unique stitch combinations and knitting techniques are the hallmark of Diane's designs resulting in truly distinct patterns.

Diane has been sewing and crocheting since she was seven and knitting since she was in her teens. She began her professional knitwear career in 1984 after receiving encouragement from Elizabeth Zimmermann to publish her unique designs. To date, over 650 of her designs have appeared in all nationally recognized knitting publications including, but not limited to Knitter’s, Vogue Knitting, and Interweave Knits as well as numerous yarn company pattern collections. Her designs on available on Patternfish.com and other online venues and are the perfect complement to the print publications where her work has traditionally appeared and through which she continues to offer patterns. To keep abreast of Diane’s newest designs, follow her at Stitch Witch Designs on Facebook.

Projects by Diane Zangl


Jack Fair Isle Scarf

Jack is a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting. The majority of the patterns are simple three- or four-stitch repeats divided by solid-colored stripes. It begins with ribbed ends that are worked back and forth then overlapped, creating a faux-buttoned closure. The remainder is worked circular in two halves. They are joined at the center with Kitchener stitch, creating a mirror image of the pattern. Because the scarf is worked circular, ends can be left inside rather than working them in. Jack is for the man in your life that appreciates knitting!

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Nordic Night Pullover

The colors of the Nordic stars alternate positions on this traditionally styled yoked pullover. The sweater begins with blue motifs on white, then changes to white on blue at the underarm. Stay cozy on cold winter nights in this stunning sweater.

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Patchwork Meadow Jacket

An easy fitting silhouette is the backdrop for this patchwork-style jacket. The body is worked in one piece to the underarms where it is divided for fronts and back. A ribbed collar and modified set-in sleeves complete the look. Get ready to be as cozy as can be with this must-have piece for the season.

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Highland Hero Sweater

This updated classic will remind you why you fell in love with knitting in the first place. The pattern flawlessly combines cables and Scottish plaid for a look that will be ideal for walks in the woods, football watch parties and holiday gatherings.

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Silvermist Infinity Scarf

This cowl is a quick knit and an easy two-round pattern. Soft and easily looped around the neck once or twice, this infinity scarf is the perfect gift for yourself.

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Ramona Shawl-Vest

Ramona is the update to the traditional shawl that you didn’t know you needed! Extended front edges drape gracefully to form a scarf-like waterfall collar on this easy-to-wear garment that is appropriate for any occasion. The body is worked in an overall ric-rac openwork pattern, while seed stitch is used for the collar and as an edging at the armholes.

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Soft Weekend Cashmere Blend Socks

Delicate openwork cables, separated by twist-stitch columns, highlight these dressy knee socks. They begin at the top of the foot, just blow the toes, with a unique turned toe. Because they are knit from the toe up, they can be tried on at any time for a perfect fit. These socks are knit in a alpaca/silk/cashmere blend for an extra soft finish.

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Chill Cashmere Blend Baseball Tee

This casual tee is a more feminine version of a baseball jersey, and is worked in a blend of soft cotton with a touch of luxurious cashmere. The saddle shoulders and three-quarter length sleeves keep it casual and all edges are left to roll in the natural manner of stockinette stitch.

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