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Gardiner Yarn Works is the creative outlet for former software architect and company founder Chrissy Gardiner. After learning to knit from her grandmother at age 10, Chrissy dabbled in the fiber arts (including knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and needlepoint) for years before discovering her local yarn shop and the lovely luxury yarns therein. Knitting became her new obsession after her kids were born, she left the corporate world for good and, thanks to her LYS, discovered that wool is not always scratchy.
Chrissy's designs can be found in many past issues of Interweave Knits as well as various pattern compilation books, knitting pattern websites, sock clubs and yarn company pattern lines (click here for a more detailed listing of her designs published by others). She published her first book, Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape, in the summer of 2009 and is currently hard at work on her next book, Indie Socks. She keeps her skills sharp and gets feedback from all sorts of knitters while teaching at shops and events around the country.
Chrissy lives with her husband, Bill, and their two children in a Craftsman-style bungalow in urban Portland, Oregon. She also tends to a small menagerie including three cats, two rabbits (Bella and Cocoa Puff, the official Gardiner Yarn Works office bunnies), a hamster and some fish. She loves having a job that she can do while attending soccer practice, piano lessons and birthday parties at the pool.
Gardiner Yarn Works co-owner Donna Arney is a relative newcomer to the art of knitting, having learned in 2005. However, she has taken to it like a fish to water and can no longer remember what she used to do for fun. Now, all of her friends either knit or have to listen to her rattle on and on about it. Most have found it easiest just to learn to knit too.
Donna was president of her local knitting guild in 2008 (this is where she and Chrissy met) and has, on occasion, taught classes at All About Yarn in Tigard, OR. When not knitting, she runs her own web consulting business. She has worked in the Computer Software industry since 1995 and brings to Gardiner Yarn Works the benefits of that “real world” business experience in addition to her naturally amazing people skills.
She is also mommy to two beautiful daughters and wife to one wonderful husband, a former jewelry designer with whom she just started a new shawl pin venture, Plover Designs. And no, she doesn't sleep!
about our patterns
All Gardiner Yarn Works patterns have been tested by multiple knitters and professionally tech edited by two different editors. If you ever find an error in one of our patterns, please let us know. Errata will be posted on the website as needed.
Patterns can be found in both print and pdf formats at various online and brick-and-mortar yarn shops, or as instand pdf downloads via the pattern pages on this website. To find a shop near you, please visit our retailers page.
You can also find us teaching knitting classes and participating in various fiber-related events nationwide. Visit the events page for more info.
We are happy to have crafters make and sell items from Gardiner Yarn Works patterns for charity and/or profit. If you have an old version of a pattern with a 12-per-year limitation, please disregard the request to contact us for licensing terms if you plan to make and sell more.
We place no limits on the sale of finished items from our patterns, assuming that copyright is respected (for example, do not make photocopies of the pattern to hand out to knitters you have working for you - each knitter must have a legitimately purchased copy of the pattern to work from). We are happy to discuss if you have any questions regarding selling of finished items from our patterns.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns about any of our products. If you are a retailer interested in carrying our patterns in your shop, please e-mail us to request a current catalog and order form.
You can also get support for our patterns via our Ravelry group (free Ravelry account required).
Mail: PO Box 13607, Portland OR 97213
Phone: (503) 688-0549
Fax: (206) 350-6520
Thanks for visiting our site! Enjoy your stay.
See all of Chrissy's designs, with photos, on her Ravelry designer page.
- Mazama Shawl, Twisted Socks are for Suckers Club 2011
- Snowflake Lace Knee Highs, Imperial Stock Ranch Fall 2011 Collection
- Twining Vines Pillow, My Grandmother's Knitting
- Slip-n-Slide, Sock Knitting Master Class
- Caret + Chevron, Sockupied Fall 2011
- Wilhelmina Shawlette, What Would Madame Defarge Knit?
- Wyeast Socks, Sockupied Spring 2011
- Pavo Slipper Socks, Interweave Knits Winter 2010
- Skull Isle Socks, Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting
- Epeiric Mittens, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010
- North Sea Socks, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2010
- Chutes and Ladders Socks, Brave New Knits
- Courtyard, Classic Elite #9124, Cottage
- Amaranth, Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2010
- Diamond Swing Top, Successful Lace Knitting
- Wooly Toes Socks, Interweave Knits Weekend 2009
- Hourglass Rib Socks, Knitted Gifts
- Buttercup Socks, Twist Collective Summer 2009
- Changing Lanes Socks, Twisted Single Skein Club 2009
- Barber Pole Socks, Twist Collective Spring 2009
- Thick & Thin Baby Coat and Hat, Fiber Gatherings
- Fauxbius, Woolgirl Embrace the Lace Club 2008
- Moonflower, Three Irish Girls, Winter 2008
- Naniboujou, Knitty, Winter 2008
- Texturize Your Colorwork (article), Knitty, Winter 2008
- Flying Trapeze Socks, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2008
- Hourglass Eyelet Scarf, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2008
- Licorice Stick Socks, Twist Collective Winter 2008 Collection
- Color Collision Socks, Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarn
- Buds & Butterflies Socks, Knit-Purl Sock Club, November 2008
- Bohus-Style Knee-Highs, Color Style
- Knotty or Nice Socks, Interweave Knits, Fall 2008
- Alpaca Sox Bohus Socks, Classic Elite #9091, Alpaca Stories
- Bountiful Bohus, More Big Girl Knits
- Twisty Stitch Socks, More Big Girl Knits
- Windowpane Socks, Interweave Knits, Summer 2008
- Auburn Camp Shirt, Interweave Knits, Spring 2008
- Twisted Tulip Socks, Interweave Knits, Spring 2008
- Cabled Baglet, Designer One-Skein Wonders
- Tilting Cables Socks, Interweave Knits, Winter 2007
- Sweetheart Socks, Holiday Gifts 2007
- Snowflake Socks, Interweave Knits, Fall 2007
- Paintbox Cabled Cardigan & Child's Cabled Cardigan, Classic Elite #9085, Family Knits
- Lacy Scarf in Lush, Classic Elite #9084, Uptown Knitting
- Squares & Stripes Socks, Just Socks
- Bobblette, Blue Banana & Cornmeal Cable Dishcloths, Just Gifts
- Glitterspun Gift Bag, Just Gifts
- Ribby Retro Socks, Knitscene, Fall 2007
- Lace Anklets, Cast-On, Summer 2007
- Knee High to a Grasshopper Socks, Blue Moon Rockin' Sock Club, April 2007
- Waterfall Vest, Creative Knitting, May 2007
- Monogrammed Gentleman's Socks, Cast-On, Spring '07
- Winding Cable Knee Socks, web pattern for Interweave Knits, Spring 2007
- Girl's Wisdom & Happiness Cardigan, Creative Knitting, March 2007
- Rutabaga, Knitscene, Spring 2007
- Lacy Cabled Scoop, Y2Knit
- Star Mesh Tank, Y2Knit
- Checkered Potholders, Simple 1-2-3 Knitting
- Simple Stripes Felted Bag, Simple 1-2-3 Knitting
- Ribby Socks, Simple 1-2-3 Knitting
- Felted Block Set, Quick to Knit: Knitting for Babies
- Summer Breeze Tank, Blue Moon Fiber Arts
- French Lilac, Knitter's, Summer '06
- Two at a Time Socks and Two Socks on Two Circs (article), Cast-On, Summer '06