Crochet and Knitting Expert and Technical Editor Genius Shiri Mor

Crochet and Knitting Expert and Technical Editor Genius Shiri Mor was our Guest on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird, April 24, 2014


Marly and Shiri shared the first time the were acquainted with each other, Marly was designing her first sweater to be published, and found Shiri in a chat room on Ravelry, were she was letting people know she was a tech editor. (This was that design: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweetheart-tunic ) Marly found her to be a big help! They eventually met at a Vogue Knitting Live event…

Shiri started knitting and crocheting when very young and was interested in all types of handicrafts, encouraged because Mother and Grandmother both knitted and crocheted as well. Her impressive designs are created from love of mathematics. She found pattern writing a lot like computer code which she had studied in school. While living in New York City, her name was passed by her students to the editors at Vogue Knitting magazine and her patterns began to appear in that magazine, including the Bigger is Better sweater that appeared on the cover of Vogue Knitting 25 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bigger-is-better


So exciting to be featured in that magazine and even her mom was very happy with that! Marly asked her about it and Shiri’s explanations are basically that she visuallizes them in math and numbers, which we find unique to the design world. Marly asked about her knit patterns like The Helix Cable Vest (Ravelry link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/13-helix-cabled-vest ) and the Botanica Medallion Cardigan ( https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/04-botanica-medallion-cardigan ) which Marly thought came from crochet motif inspiration but which Shiri explains simply came from the number 6 in her math way of thinking. They shared about thinking through Crochet pattern designs as well.


Shiri also has a website:  https://www.shiridesigns.com/  and an Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShiriDesigns There are whispers of a book to come, so watch for that…. but don’t miss the upcoming special Crochet edition of Vogue Knitting featuring this Column Dress design that is absolutely terrific.

And the Giveaway?  Leave a comment below to win a SKYPE LESSON with Shiri Mor… What a terrific opportunity!

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  1. Diana says:

    6! I love both the Botanica Medallion Cardigan AND the Helix Cabled Vest, I remember seeing that one at Stitches West! The idea of the opportunity to win a private lesson with Shiri, that’s totally priceless!

    Oh, and thanks Marly and Tammy for responding to my question about the chat room. I will try to listen live on Tuesday and will check it out! You guys rock!!

  2. Maria says:

    Great podcast, Marly and Shiri ! And what an amazing prize! If I had 6 wishes , number one would be for guidance with putting all my knitting designs in my mind down on paper to share with the knitting community. Thanks again, Maria
    Mariaeb on Rav

  3. Lori Biamonte says:

    I usually have about six projects going at a time ranging from small and mindless that I keep in my purse because you never know when you’ll get a chance to knit a few rows, to medium that requires some looking that goes in the car, to large and more thought provoking that I keep next the TV chair. And I have six hundred projects in a queue in my head! I would so love a private knitting lesson with Shiri.

  4. Audrey says:

    Although I have six times the average knitter’s projects on the needles, I drool over new possibilities (like your Helix Cabled Vest! Thoroughly enjoyed the podcast!

  5. Zairi says:

    This was one of my favorite and educational podcasts! Shiri’s designs have always caught my eye – her crochet and her knit ones. Her fascination with the number six is also intriguing, along with her love of math. Comparing patterns to coding really clicked with me – I never thought of it that way. I would love to pick her brain on how she figures out pattern writing and being a Technical Editor.

  6. Sandy says:

    Vogue Knitting is probably my favorite knitting magazine and I did not realize that most of my favorites were designed by Shiri! In fact, about six days ago I was speaking to a knitting friend of mine and asking if she had seen the Macramé Back Vest in the most recent issue. Boy would I love the chance to pick that brain!!! Great podcast Marly!

  7. colleen says:

    Shiri’s designs are so inpsiring. I can’t wait to see what she is secretively working on =) Six seems to create all things beautiful. I would love to talk to her…especially about her vogue design that includes macrame….would love to learn another technique of yarny goodness =)

  8. Anita says:

    I find it so interesting what numbers are favorites of people. Six is a great number but my fave is five. Have no idea why. Shiri’s interview was great and I think her giveaway is the best ever. My mind spins at the possibility of a private lesson. Truly an awesome prize!

  9. hotknitter says:

    It was interesting to learn of crochet’s magic number of 6. Shiri, I knit your beautiful botanica medallion and love it, so ingenious. Happy knitting and crocheting, ladies.

  10. Shelly says:

    I usually have about 6 minutes to listen to your show on any given day. I am glad I made more time to sit and enjoy your today. You two ladies were/are a blast. I love that you both do many crafts and have varied interests. Blessings to you both.

  11. Renee says:

    I have more yarn in my stash and projects to do than 6 ways from Sunday! (Which I’m sure we all feel from time to time!) It was amazing listening to Shiri and knowing that although I like math, I am not as gifted as Shiri at using math to design such beautiful things! She really thinks out of the box here! Bravo, Shiri! And thank you, Marly, for bringing her to our attention!

  12. radinnh says:

    A private lesson with Shiri is worth six boxes of Girl Scout cookies and a gallon of ice cream. Thanks for an entertaining show. You keep us coming back week after week.

  13. Kate M says:

    A lesson with Shiri sounds great! Too bad it is only 2 hours and not 6!!! 🙂 This was a great show!

  14. Mimi D says:

    Great show, Marly and Shiri. So many topics, and all very interesting. I learned a lot, particularly about the behind the scenes “after the design” to produce those patterns we all love. And about the magic properties of the number 6 🙂

  15. Dorothea says:

    I listened to this great interview with Shiri while organizing my yarn stash into six different containers. I’d love a chance to discuss the editing process with your guest.

  16. eileen streets says:

    Enjoyed the show. Patterns with six repeats are great, especially when one is centered in front/back … like princess seaming on a sock.

  17. Pat says:

    Thanks for a very interesting interview! I love Shiri’s designs, and I am glad to hear of another person whose favorite number is 6!

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