About Me

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Dexter, Oregon, United States
I am a self-employed knitter/designer and photographer. I strive to write unique designs inspired by nature, folklore, magic, Fairies and Elves, and I find a lot of inspiration from symbolism and traditions in cultures throughout history. I also love to photograph nature on an intimate level. As a Master Gardener I raise garden starts each spring to sell locally, and I am also a soap maker and musician. I can be found at our local Dexter Lake Farmer's and Crafter's Market on Sundays from May thru October selling my knitting patterns and hand knit items, as well as hand crafted soap, macro-photography from the garden, and tomato and pepper starts for your garden. You can find me on Ravelry as Peargirl and our band The Pears can be found on Reverbnation.

About purchasing patterns...

All patterns are available by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button for each pattern. You will receive an e-mail from knitpixie@msn.com usually within 24 hours with the pattern attached, ready for you to download and print. You may also purchase through Ravelry~ http://www.ravelry.com/stores/lorna-pearman-designs for automatic download. There are no refunds on patterns. Happy knitting!!!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Prometheus Tree

Although this pattern was inspired on one snowy day last winter by the very old fir trees that grace our yard, I named it Prometheus to honor The Prometheus Tree with its sculpted and twisted beauty. It was cut down in 1964 and turned out to be close to 5,000 years old, possibly more, bringing attention to the ancient Bristlecone Pines.
Ribbing, Fair Isle with cable twists and twisted stitches give the trees their texture, while the “snowflakes” are added once the hat is complete using duplicate stitch. While not for a beginning knitter, this would be an easy knit for an experienced knitter. You will have enough yarn to knit 4 hats, possibly 5. I’ll be working on the 5th to see. Written for 2 sizes, 20-21" and 22-23", the pattern is available here but also through Ravelry or from The Knit Shop in Eugene, Oregon.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Using Old Buttons

I love old buttons, especially antique ones. This is something I've made for myself but have also have made for friends and family. It's very easy to do requiring only hand stitching. First make a simple tree shaped pattern out of tissue paper (mine measures 5" in height and 4" wide). Cut 2 trees out of felt, hand stitch these together (about 1/8" from edges), leaving an opening at the bottom of trunk to stuff (I used wool). Use a crochet hook to push the stuffing into corners. Once stuffed close the seam, then hand stitch assorted unique button "ornaments" on your tree going through both layers. A fabric "trunk" can also be hand stitched on (I like using wool fabric) with an overcast stitch. Attach a bow at the bottom and a ribbon loop on top for hanging and you have a one of a kind ornament for yourself or gift giving. Personalize them by choosing buttons that reflect the recipient, such as favorite colors or hobbies, animals they like, etc. There is so much thoughtfulness and happiness in giving hand made gifts...enjoy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ophidian's Infinity ~ A New Pattern

Snakes belong to the sub-order of reptiles called Ophidia. The ancient Ouroboros symbol depicts a snake eating its own tail and has been said to symbolize infinity or wholeness. The large cables on this infinity scarf are reminiscent of snakes winding infinitely around and around creating a deep texture that is especially warm and soft when knit with Malabrigo Meca. It will wrap twice around your neck. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Minimum Number of Stitches Needed for Circular Needles by Yarn Weight

I work at a yarn shop and have been asked this question quite often. Here is a handy guide to use whenever the need arises...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DNA Cowl...a free pattern from Peargirl Knits.

This cowl is reversible, with a cabled DNA strand on one side, and a zigzag moss stitch on the reverse. Each side is knit flat and the ends are grafted together. The two pieces are invisibly stitched together with the Contrast Color extending 1/4” on each edge, so choose a color that contrasts nicely with the Main Color. The beautiful cable is used with permission from June Oshiro and I’ve provided a link to her chart.

This pattern can be downloaded free from Ravelry here ~ DNA Cowl ~ Happy knitting :) 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Getting More Mileage Out of Hand Knit Socks

Knitting a pair of socks takes a really long time...they are small, but those tiny stitches really add up...twice! Knitting everyday for at least a few hours, it takes me 2 weeks to finish a pair of socks in fingering weight. So when that first hole begins to appear, they are just too hard to toss out because the remaining sock is still in great shape. I can't wait to try this, it looks relatively easy...easier than darning. Check it out.....
Knit in place patch for sock repair

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Knitter's Christmas Ornament

Are you looking for a quick, last minute gift for a knitting friend? I ended up making 4 of these...they are quick, easy and don't cost a lot of money to make. I found the square glass ornaments at Ben Franklin, $6.99 for a pack of 4. I used Bryson Rosewood Seaming Pins for the knitting needles, a pack of 10 costs around $7.00...and, of course, leftover sock yarn. I did find that all seaming pins are not created equal...I hand to sand some of the tips down slightly to get them to fit under the top edge, and then I used a crochet hook to position everything where I wanted them. When I wound the miniature ball of yarn, I used a little tacky glue to keep the ball from unwinding before placing in the ornament. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Knitting For Peace Prayer Flags

I've always wanted to knit my own Peace Prayer Flags, and so this was my summer project...to design and knit these, and here they are! The pattern can be purchased on this blog, or from Ravelry for auto download.


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Elvish Baby Hat

Elvish Baby Hat
My grandson Soul looking very elf-like in the Elvish Baby Hat.

Elvish Kids Hat

Elvish Kids Hat
Peregrine, a cute little Elfling at the Quarter Stitch in New Orleans.

Om Slouch Hat

Om Slouch Hat
A comfy, slouchy hat sure to look good on even those who think they don't look good in hats.

Oregon's Old Growth Hat

Oregon's Old Growth Hat
Knit in Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed for softness, with a beautiful cabled fabric for texture, this hat will keep your head and ears warm in the coldest temperatures.

Just Sleeves and A Hood Shrug

Just Sleeves and A Hood Shrug
The hood in this shrug pattern is tall and deep enough to not pull up on the shoulders for a very comfortable fit.

Clown Fish Love Anemones

Clown Fish Love Anemones
Sue Wineland's adorable grandaughter Margaret

My great-nephew, Charles Alexander Brown in his Bunny Hat

My great-nephew, Charles Alexander Brown in his Bunny Hat
He was the source of inspiration for my first design, the Chocolate Bunny Baby Hat, photoed here wearing the original.

My grandson Jaylen in his Spider Boy Hat

My grandson Jaylen in his Spider Boy Hat
Jaylen is fun to knit for...he loves to wear what I knit him!

Ivy Headband

Ivy Headband
My granddaughter, Skyla, modeling her headband that I knit for her.

My beautiful great-granddaughter Savannah Rain in her Noro hat with my granddaughter Katia

My beautiful great-granddaughter Savannah Rain in her Noro hat with my granddaughter Katia
Hand knit hat in Noro Silk Garden using Nancy Lindberg's "Headband, Hat, Helmet" pattern.

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