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Sophia Minakais


Sophia Minakais is an Alaska based natural knitwear designer and the author of The Knitted Dollhouse. She’s the owner of Knitting the Natural Way and a featured writer for Interweave Knits magazine.

Projects by Sophia Minakais


Avonlea Headband

An easy, relaxing knit, this tightly cabled headband is worked in one piece, with no seaming. Beginning with a closed cast on and finished with Kitchener Stitch, you’ll love knitting up lots of these pretty headbands in all sorts of colors.

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Aitne Poncho

A simple poncho worked with classic Irish shaping, this project is great for advanced beginners or as a relaxing project on long commutes. It’s worked in a wide garter/stockinette rib pattern to create perpendicular lines of symmetry across the body, with a squishy cowl neck and picot bind off for a final feminine touch.

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Kimia Knit Headband

These easy, shaped headbands are worked in two halves, each started with a closed cast on, then grafted together over a plastic headband insert. A flat tube of Stockinette Stitch is then twisted into a mobius knot and grafted in place in the center, for a playful finish. A quick day project, you’ll enjoy knitting up lots of these fun accessories in different colors, or making matching headbands for all your friends! These sun-and-sea-inspired headbands are perfect for adding a whimsical, summertime flair to your look. Each skein of Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop is enough to make five colorful headbands. Pair with your favorite flowy dress for a free-spirited look.

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Peyton Knit Throw

This classic throw features a simple repeating waffle stitch for a cozy, textured addition to your collection of blankets. Peyton is worked in one piece, then accented with tassels and finished off with playful yarn fur circles.

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Heart of Hearts Mittens

Simple, yet colorful, these classic thrummed mittens are worked from the cuff up, on a neutral background, with three alternating shades of colorful thrums. Easy enough for a first-time thrummer, this is a traditional pattern you’ll come back to again and again. Great as a last minute gift, there’s plenty of room for adaptation with this pattern. For a tonal look, work the mittens using shades of the same color for the thrums and background, or go wild with a random assortment of mixed colors! The thrums create a fuzzy lining on the inside which makes these mittens extra cozy.

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Bronwyn Chunky Headband

Worked in the round using three strands of yarn held together, this warm, chunky headband is the perfect autumn and winter accessory. We’ve paired three natural colors of undyed wool to create the two-tone background, with bold chocolate stripes. A complementary fleece lining makes the headband extra cozy, while adding another shade of natural color. The piece is finished off with a dark brown tie in the front, adding a touch of character and interest to the design.

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