Saturday, March 6, 2010

Welcome Cathy Payson!

We are thrilled to welcome Cathy Payson to this year's Monhegan Island Adventure!

Cathy has become known as one of the leading designers in the handknitting industry today. In college, Cathy studied to become a preschool teacher where she was introduced to knitting by her friends. She has been learning, creating and teaching herself and others to knit ever since. her work can now be seen on virtually every knit shop shelf in pattern books for the likes of Nashua Handknits as well as Classic Elite and Reynolds. She is also a frequent contributor to Interweave Knits. Over the years, Cathy has worked with Aarlan, Classic Elite Yarns, and Susan Bristol. Currently, she is the Design Director for Reynolds, JCA where she likes to focus on creating patterns for real women that are inspiring, easy to knit, and fit all varieties of shapes and sizes.

Cathy was born and raised in South Boston where she remains today with her boyfriend of 8 years. She lives among a very creative, extended family, knitting, crafting, and enjoying life near the water all of which have been significant influences in her life.


  1. Hi Cathy - I am trying to knit an old pattern of yours Watch Hill Buttondown - 1990"s in Elite Paisley - help - after I do the 2x2 ribbing on the sleeves do I change to larger needles - doesn't say to in pattern- help - I love the design so far

  2. Hi Cathy, I am trying to knit the sleeves on the Floral Yoke Cardigan Pattern. I am to start with 56 stitches for medium, and then what do I do after I have knitted in seed stitch for 1 inch. It says, "Change to Stst and 1steachendevery9throwevery 13th row for 13 times" The sleeve length has to be 9 1/2 inches. I decreased 1 stitch at both ends of every 13th row, and I got up to row 65 and the sleeve measured 14 inches. HELP!! Please send me an email to, or call me at 604-487-1008.I bought the wool from Red Heart. Thank You.