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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 musician in the Pears Band. 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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Monday, April 2, 2018

Brioche Knitting

Brioche Knitting is certainly the most intense knitting I have ever learned. I took a 7 hour class from a master, Paula Dockter, and she's from Dexter as well. So here I am, not even halfway done yet, but it is so exciting to be learning something new. It is double sided so each row is knit twice (once with each color) before you turn your work, and if you boo-boo it is definitely an exercise for your brain cells to fix. So here is my progress so far...can you see the leaves?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

World Peace Hat

It was so cool to see this yesterday at the Women's March in Eugene, Oregon...someone in the crowd wearing one of my designs! Hint: It's the
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Friday, January 19, 2018

"Black Widow" Fingerless Gloves

My husband wanted "Black Widow" fingerless gloves. I improvised with Nancy Lindberg's "Fits Like A Glove" pattern and then charted out a Black Widow hourglass. I used duplicate-stitch to work the hourglass. Please feel free to use my chart to knit your own. Here is the link to my Ravelry project page, which has a link to Nancy's pattern: Black Widow

"Bandon", a new pattern from Peargirl Knits

Bandon Hat Pattern
Super soft and full of texture, this has become one of my favorite hats to wear. Cables ripple up between sand patterns to the top where a pattern reminiscent of a sand dollar rests on top. 

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...


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.