Diane Zangl


Diane Zangl

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


Bonfire Cowl

An allover, easy-to-memorize pattern is used in the Bonfire Cowl. Featuring crochet shells on the edge, this longer cowl gives the wearer a number of draping options — which makes it perfect for cozying up next to a bonfire at the beach.

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Blumen Baum Mittens

‘Blooming Tree’ gives these mittens their name and is featured prominently on the back of the hand. The design is set off by a small checked border and a narrow stripe; top shaping is worked inside these bands. The small check repeats on the palm while the gusseted thumb is worked in stripes.  1×1 twisted ribbing is used for the cuff.

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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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Fletching Hat

Bands of color and arrows highlight this unisex earflap hat which is worked in the round. Garter stitch is used for the earflaps, while the ties and top loops are done in I-Cord to complete the look.

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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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Travel Bug Top

Quick to knit up, this classic top features two different neckline options: one side has a scoop neck and the other a V-neck. With its broken rib center design and versatile necklines, this top will be the one you reach for when you get that travel bug.

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Wild & Free Top

Cap sleeves, flattering drape, and scalloped design—this top has everything you need to escape and become a nymph in a flowered field, away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Plus, the top is reversible and lets you pick your neckline—V-neck or scoop—based on your mood for the day!

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Warm Weather Whimsy Scarf

Take a day off and enjoy nature’s floral gifts, and make sure your wardrobe is prepared for the occasion! This openwork scarf features a German braid pattern, coin cables, and satin ribbon fringe.

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The Modern Gentleman’s Pullover

This handsome design combines the styling of a baseball shirt with conventional Fair Isle motifs to form a new, modern tradition. The raglan sleeves give the sweater a casual but classy look, while the body features small peerie patterns in a color scheme of blue, burgundy, and tan.

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