Knit & Crochet Superstar

Lovely by Lee

Stitch along with #KnitCrochetSuperstar Amanda from Lovely by Lee

Amanda Lee
Knitwear Designer & Teacher

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

My grandma was a fabulous knitter! She always had a project in her lap. When I was young, she had tried to teach me how to knit countless times, but I just couldn't catch up.

She did teach me how to sew, however, and from a very early age, I was sewing my own clothing. My mother would surprise me with crafty fashion and jewelry kits, so I was raised a true maker. If my hands are not busy making something, I feel restless, and I fell in love with creating my own fashion.

While sewing and jewelry making were a hobby, I became an elementary teacher, which took up most of my time. After having my daughter, I left teaching to be a stay-at-home-mom. My hands felt like they needed to be busy during my daughter's naps, but hauling my sewing machine and tiny jewelry bits were not ideal. Inspired by my grandma's knits, I decided to try knitting again.

I self-taught myself to knit about 5 years ago. With my sewing background, I was soon designing my own knits and customizing garments to my style preference. After requests for my designs, I learned to write patterns, and I fell into the world of knitwear design. It is the greatest!

Can you remember the first thing you made?

My first needle knit was a headband for my daughter.

Prior to learning how to knit, I did very simple crochet (in college) and loom knitting. I would make simple scarves and beanies for friends. That was 16+ years ago...but now I'm telling my age.

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

My first purchased pattern was a design from Two of Wands I just loved her laid-back, boho designs. From there, I discovered Knitatude, whose designs were beginner friendly. Since then, I have found Knit Diaries, who just stuns me with her unique knits/designs, and Velvet Acorn designs in alignment with my style.

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

I just love summer tops, and fall/winter pullovers and cardigans! I am crazy about fashion, and making my own clothes (and my daughter's) is the entire reason I learned to knit.

My favorite knit would be my Sincerely, Amanda Top (as I shamelessly named it after myself) and my In The Clouds Cotton Cardi.

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

As mentioned in Favorites, I love Bravo TV - especially Real Housewives of OC, BH and Dallas, Southern Charm and both Below Decks.

I am fascinated with True Crime shows and podcasts, and my guilty pleasure is a good teen drama (shhhhhhh).

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

I sew (though my sewing machine has been packed away for years), design jewelry (beading and metalwork), handcraft polymer clay charms and hand-dye yarn.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
I love Bravo TV Network and True Crime
Chris Isaac, Stevie Nicks, Daniel Johns, Kaleo
Dirty Dancing, Grease 2, Practical Magic, You've Got Mail, Big Business
I love a good Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green read
Pink, Aqua, Celery Green, Turquoise
Yarn Brand
Independent Dyers
Places To Knit/Crochet
I sit in the same corner of our short couch to knit.