Welcome to Ilga Leja Handknit Design!

I am a knitwear designer based in Nova Scotia, although my roots extend from Latvia to Newfoundland. My work is characterized by classic silhouettes, unique construction, and playful use of stitch patterns.

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Kaleidoscope Knitting

I am developing a new style of knitting which I am calling Kaleidoscope Knitting. Kaleidoscope knitting explores the boundaries of knitting and takes it into new and different directions—literally. Like the images in a kaleidoscope, the work is made up of sections that build on each other, resulting in an explosion of colour and shapes.

Spell of the Evening” is an introduction to this new way of knitting. Once you understand its underlying theme, you will be able to add your own interpretation to it.

Ravelry version: Spell of the Evening

Latvia 100 Collection

2018 was the year Latvia celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence. How could I let such a celebration go by without taking part in my own way?

I have designed four pieces, each representing some aspect of Latvian history and culture. Having recently traveled to Latvia, I was able to photograph these garments on location in the country that inspired them. All four patterns are now available: Daina vest, Laima cowl, Courland capelet, and  Sigulda sweater.

Ravelry version: Latvia 100 Collection

Yarn kits for these and other designs are available here.

Sea and Shore Club

The Sea and Shore Club 2018 is now complete with four new patterns:

Breaking Waves vest, Sea Storm poncho, Coveside shawl, and Shoreside capelet.


Ravelry version: Sea and Shore Club

For a complete overview of my knitting design work, view all my Design Collections and e-books.

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