Knitting Patterns

Below is a list of the knitting patterns I have available for purchase or free download.

Refine School

Reform school - finished!


This adorable little tote knits up quickly and felts into a sturdy fabric. This pattern includes options for knit i-cord handles or purchased handles. Or you can omit handles altogether and just carry it as a little clutch. It's up to you!

Pattern includes a schematic, color chart, and options for 3 different types of handles.

You can learn more about intarsia in my book, Picture Perfect Knits, from Chronicle Books.



Show your Obama pride with this raglan sweater. Perfect for election night… and inauguration day! The front panel is based on Shepard Fairey's famous poster, and it is knit using intarsia. >

Kaleigh Kap

Kaleigh Kap

This is a baby hat I knit for friend whose brand-new baby had the initials K.M.B. I've included charts for all the letters of the English alphabet so you can personalize the pattern. Available in newborn, toddler, and child's sizes.

(Size shown in picture is the 16", baby/toddler version.)

Recent Blog Posts

    Laura Birek | Writer, Web Developer, Knitter

    Hi, I'm Laura Birek

    I'm a professional writer, web developer, and knitter living in Los Angeles, California.

    I have a master's degree in professional writing, with a focus on screenwriting, from the University of Southern California. In 2008, I wrote the book Picture Perfect Knits (Chronicle Books), and have had articles published in magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Knitscene and Interweave Knits. Please visit my writing page for more about my literary pursuits.

    With over nine years of experience as a professional front-end web developer, I've built web sites of all shapes and sizes. If you need a new site or are looking for someone to help you update your existing web presence, check out my web developer page.

    Knitting started as a hobby and has since turned into a great passion and career. I've published patterns in books, magazines, and on my blog, Nocturnal Knits. Click through to my knitter page to see pictures of my most recent creations and blog posts.

    What's the deal?

    People often ask me why I don't have separate web sites for my different professional endeavors. I suppose if I wanted targeted branding for each specific skill set I could have three different sites: one for writing, one for knitting, and one for web development.

    The truth is I don't see the point in compartmentalizing myself in that way. All my endeavors inform my work, and I bring the same professionalism to every project, whether it's writing a magazine article, designing a knitting pattern, or developing a web site.

    While my three jobs may seem disparate, I've always considered writing, web development, and knitting to be complementary pursuits. Each requires fastidious attention to detail, a specialized understanding of language (whether it's CSS, English grammar, or pattern abbreviations), and creativity.

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