Knit & Crochet Superstar

Carissa Knits

Stitch along with Carissa from Carissa Knits

Carissa Browning
Dallas, TX
Data analyst

When did you first start knitting / crocheting and where did you learn?

My boyfriend's mom (now my mother-in-law) taught me the basics of crochet around the turn of the century. Later, when my first nephew was in utero, I taught myself to knit from books and the internet. I still crochet from time to time, but knitting has my heart.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I believe it was a simple black scarf in a crocheted mesh, made with Red Heart Super Saver because I didn't know any better.

Who are your favourite pattern designers and celebrity knitters & crocheters?

I love the geometry of Norah Gaughan's and Cat Bordhi's designs. And if you ever have a chance to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) speak, you're in for a real treat!

What are your favourite things to stitch and do you have a favorite item you've made?

I love to make socks and little trinkets for my brother and nephews. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite though. Maybe my husband's Dude sweater (like the one worn The Dude wore in The Big Lebowski), or perhaps my Bubble sweater (a Norah Gaughan pattern), if it still fit me. Blasted weight loss!

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

Cast On with Brenda Dayne or my classic rock Pandora station.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

In addition to knitting and designing knitwear, I love to cut up cheap, ugly thrift store garments and sew them into new, vastly more fashionable clothing. I will occasionally throw in a little crochet, jewelry-making, or painting for variety.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

There is no wrong way to knit. If you're making a fabric you like, then you're doing it right. Hold your needles and wrap your yarn however you want, and don't let anyone tell you you're doing it wrong!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
MacGyver, Buffy, Firefly, Stargate, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Counting Crows, Journey, Simon & Garfunkel, Mumford & Sons
Hilo, HI
Lord of the Rings, The Big Lebowski, Fargo
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Pumpkin, eggplant, turquoise, chocolate brown
Yarn Brand
Koigu, Malabrigo
Places To Knit/Crochet
My couch, coffee shop