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


Paloma Shawl

Paloma has a center panel with an arrow motif, surrounded on each side by a faux crochet lace pattern that makes it light and breezy. The bottom border mimics the center chevrons and is self scalloping. You’ll love incorporating this piece into your existing wardrobe!  

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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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Derby Pullover

Rugged and cozy, this men’s sweater boasts a deep v-neckline and rustic wooden buttons. Edges are worked in a twisted rib that flows into a seeded rib pattern. Sleeves are indented, adding to the casual look.

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Choker Neck Sweater

A modern design combines classic yarn with an open scoop neck that is topped by a short collar in this all-season pullover. The slightly-shaped body is worked in stockinette stitch, while the sleeves consist of K2 x P3 ribbing. The same ribbing is repeated at the lower body and floating mock turtleneck to make for a sweater that’s as classic as you

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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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