Grace Akhrem, a Los Angeles native, has always been artistic and crafty. She started out drawing, then painting, then moved on to photography and ceramics. Knitting and crochet was a natural progression for Grace, and it didn’t require clean-up! Grace’s designs are inspired by color, yarn, texture and fashion. She loves working with vibrant and saturated colors that make you want to smile. Her love of color is where she draws most of her inspiration… although sometimes she just listens to what the yarn is telling her it wants to be.
Grace’s main goal as a designer is to designs things that she would like to wear herself and she thinks others would too. Grace focuses on construction and technique in all of her designs. She is known for two major design elements in her patterns, short-rows of all kinds and her uniquely designed bind off patterns. Although she does mostly focus on the short-row technique her designs can range from beginner to advanced and everything in between. Grace does love her short-rows and she tries to use them whenever she can, but she also likes to use other techniques as well. Most of Grace’s patterns are designed for the adventurous beginner or the intermediate knitter. When she writes her patterns, Grace’s main goal is to make sure that its something a knitter will want to wear or make (of course), as well as make sure her patterns are easy to read, understand and follow.
Grace has been crocheting since 2002 and knitting since 2003. She began to design knitting patterns without knowing so right away. Her fist pattern was published in 2006. Her design career slowly began to grow as she independently published her own patterns. In 2008 Grace began to work with local dyer and artist Robin Page of Pagewood Farm. Grace designed many patterns with the Pagewood Farm yarns and it is still one of her favorite yarn companies to this day.
In 2009 Deep South Fibers took on the distribution of Grace’s independently published patterns. In 2012 Grace began to pursue her design career full-time and hasn’t looked back since. Grace’s patterns have been published in other places like books and magazines. She has been featured in several issues of Interweave Press Knits, Knits Holiday Gifts, Knitscene, and Knitscene Acessories. Books Grace has been published in include Noro Kids, Noro Men, 60 More Quick Knits, 60 More Quick Baby Knits, 60 Quick Luxury Knits, Knit Noro, Easy Knitted Hats and Stitch Mountain.
In addition to her design career Grace teaches locally and nationally. Grace teaches at Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles (every first Tuesday of the month) and The Altered Stitch in Valley Village, where most of her classes focus on technique and design. Keep an eye out in your LYS newsletter, Grace might be coming to teach near you soon!
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