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We want to digitize all 44 of Penny Straker's knitting patterns and make them available as PDF's for sale online. Read more

Dartmouth, MA Publishing
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This project was successfully funded on February 28, 2013.

We want to digitize all 44 of Penny Straker's knitting patterns and make them available as PDF's for sale online.

Dartmouth, MA Publishing
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UPDATE: Thank You SO SO much to everyone who helped us reach our goal...

There is still more work that we can do to keep Penny's design legacy available for all. With the additional funds we'd raise here, Penny would like to resurrect the following 4 men's patterns:

#772 Johnny. The child's version is C772, the hoodie pullover with placket front.

 #768 my interpretation of an Austrian design - great for riding, skiing, skating, chopping wood etc...

#760P Geoffrey Pullover

#742 David's Pullover

Penny would also like to develop a series of DVD's showing the "French Method" of knitting and she has quite a few expenses coming up with a press run in April 2013 so your continue support is greatly appreciated!

Who is Penny Straker?

Penny Straker has been a knitwear designer since the 1960's and currently lives and STILL designs in South Dartmouth Massachusetts. Her company, Straker Classics offers more than 40 of her designs.

Penny Straker's Patterns are the benchmark of hand knitting patterns. Knitter-friendly, with clean graphics, including illustrations of techniques, they are written in a straightforward style. They take the knitter one step at a time through each section of a garment and are complete and accurate.

They are the original generic patterns, written for weights of yarn, not specific brand names. With a Penny Straker pattern any appropriate yarn that tests to required gauge can be used in the project.

Knitters have come to trust in our patterns because of the extra time and care given to each design. Learn more about Penny at http://www.strakerclassics.com/company.html

What Are We Trying To Accomplish?

Our Kickstarter project is aiming to raise funds to digitize all 44 Straker Classics Patterns and upload them to Ravelry.com with links from StrakerClassics.com where they will be available for sale and immediate download.

We feel this is an important task to do now. Penny will be 72 next year and we want to ensure that her designs are preserved in digital format for the next generations of knitters. Currently they are only available in printed form which Penny has to manage when reorders are necessary. Her available time and ability to do that has become increasingly difficult. 

Lastly, Penny's primary income source is from a gardening and landscaping business. Last summer, she had to work longer hours and a longer season to raise the funds to support the relaunch of a new website for her design business.  Kickstarter funds will allow her the funds to IMMEDIATELY launch the digital patterns and give her the TIME to focus on producing more new designs in 2013. 


What Will the Funds Be Used For?

  • Digital pattern conversions from print to PDF (44 total) $1450
  • Pattern uploading fees  $550
  • Website updates $500
  • Amazon/ Kickstarter fees $200

Notes on the Premium Patterns

* The first round of digitized patterns you can choose from include:

Child's Andy
Child's Johnny
Christina & Cap (child)
Innisfree (child)
Nashawena (child)
Baby Owl
Baby Jennifer
Geoffrey Vest (adult)
Potomska (adult)
Swiss Check Trilogy (hat, cap and leg warmer set)
Inverness
Staithes
Child Staithes
Chloe Scarf Cap & WristwarmersOwl & Cap

Notes on Handknit Sweater Premiums:

**Sweaters are hand knit to your size and color choice on first come first served basis. There are a total of 6 sweater premiums which will take approximately three months for all to be completed. Delivery may take until May depending on the order of backers. Please contact us if you have a deadline.

You can choose from the following yarns and colors:

B818 Baby Owl (fingering weight):
Baby Ull – 100% wool machine washable
Company: Dale of Norway
Colors: ecru, soft sage, sun yellow, sky blue & soft pink.

C815 Christina & Cap (sport weight):
Falk – 100% wool machine washable
Company: Dale of Norway
Colors: ecru, mid-gray heather, stormy teal

C796 Child’s Staithes (DK weight):
Smart – 100% wool machine washable
Company: Swedish Yarn Company
Colors: ecru (nice for size 2), lt gray heather, med gray heather, med blue.
Or 220 Superwash – 100% wool machine washable
Company: Cascade Yarns
Colors: rust #858, med teal heather #1910, dk navy heather #856

C772 Child’s Johnny (worsted weight)
Donegal Tweed – 100% wool hand wash
Company: Tahki/Stacy Charles
Colors: #802 lt. Teal, #809 teal, #815 Navy, #842 mocha heather, #884 lt gray.
Or Watershed – 100% wool – hand wash
Company: Harrisville Designs
Colors: Cheshire, mallard, monarch, granite

Risks and challenges

We will be photographing the new pattern, “Bebe Rose & Cap" and having it printed. There may be some delay with third-party vendors (photographers, printer etc) in our ability to deliver the printed pattern-- but NOT likely.

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    5 backers

    Your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    26 backers

    Your choice of 1 digital pattern from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    22 backers

    Your choice of 2 digital patterns from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    10 backers

    Your choice of 1 PRINTED pattern from full library PLUS PRINTED copy of brand new pattern release from Straker Classics: “Bebe Rose & Cap”, a smock in sizes 6, 12 & 24 months, with a 3-button closure on the lattice-stitch yoke & matching Lattice-stitch cap PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    8 backers

    Your choice of 2 digital downloads from first round of pattern uploads (see list at left) PLUS digital copy of brand new pattern release from Straker Classics: “Bebe Rose & Cap”, a smock in sizes 6, 12 & 24 months, with a 3-button closure on the lattice-stitch yoke & matching Lattice-stitch cap PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    10 backers

    Your choice of 4 digital patterns from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    10 backers

    BEST VALUE: Your choice of 4 digital downloads from first round of pattern uploads (see list at left) PLUS digital copy of brand new pattern release from Straker Classics: “Bebe Rose & Cap”, a smock in sizes 6, 12 & 24 months, with a 3-button closure on the lattice-stitch yoke & matching Lattice-stitch cap PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    6 backers

    Your choice of 3 PRINTED patterns from the collection of all 44 designs PLUS PRINTED pattern of new “Bebe Rose & Cap” PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com.

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    5 backers

    Your choice of 6 digital patterns from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    1 backer Limited (34 left of 35)

    Your choice of 5 printed patterns from the collection of all 44 designs PLUS printed pattern of new “Bebe Rose & Cap” PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    1 backer All gone!

    Your choice of 1 digital pattern download from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS 10 skeins of Filatura Di Crosa Sportwool from Tahki Stacy Charles in your color choice. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website. See colors at: http://tahkistacycharles.com/t/yarn_single?m=1&fiber=&gauge=&season=&yarn_type=&new=&products_id=1136

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    1 backer All gone!

    Your choice of 1 digital pattern download from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS 10 skeins of Harrisville Designs new WATERshed worsted weight yarn in your color choice PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website.
    See Colors: http://www.harrisville.com/Harrisville-Designs-Watershed-Yarn-p/yws.htm

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    1 backer

    Premium logo+text listing at the top of the list and hyperlink from the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website to your chosen URL. Archived for minimum of 2 years.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Your choice of 1 digital pattern download from first round of uploads (see list at left) PLUS 7 Skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool worsted merino yarn “Laramie” in your color choice. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website.
    See colors: http://www.mountainmeadowwool.com/shop/wyoming-series-laramie-mountain-merino-worsted/

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    1 hour phone consultation with Penny Straker to talk with you one-on-one. Includes her written email critique of one of your patterns (fantastic for aspiring knitwear designers). PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website, Strakerclassics.com

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Handknit sweater in select gender specific colorway. Your choice of C796 Child’s Staithes OR C772 Child’s Johnny. Limited to sizes 2,4 or 6. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website. *See notes for yarn and color choices and delivery information.

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    Handknit sweater of B818 Baby Owl (no bonnet will be included) in gender specific colorway and yarn with mother of pearl buttons for the owl eyes in sizes 6,12, 24 months PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website. *See notes for yarn and color choices and delivery information.

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    Handknit Child's Sweater and Cap: C815 Christina & Cap in sizes 2, 4 or 6 years. Choose the yarn and color from our select list. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website. *See notes for yarn and color choices and delivery information.

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    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    Full collection of all 44 patterns in the library. Cardstock paper in plastic sleeves and binder with handwritten note from Penny. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    You and a guest spend an afternoon in April or May, 2013 with Penny at her home in South Dartmouth MA. Begin with catered lunch followed by a tour of her studio and neighboring gardens followed by an intimate session with Penny talking about the her design process and yours! (5 hours total). Does not include transportation or lodging. PLUS your name listed on the backers thank-you page of Penny’s website.

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