Bridget Pupillo is an avid knitter and knitwear designer living with her family in coastal Connecticut. She learned to knit, crochet, and sew at age seven, and she has been creating handmade garments for over thirty years. She is inspired by two important elements in her life: the coastal New England landscapes surrounding her, and the histories of her heritage, which runs the gambit from Sicilian to Norse. She holds a doctorate in Medieval Italian Literature, in which she traced the intersections between Dante’s Divine Comedy and Islamic mysticism. Intersections—the meeting of cultures, of time periods, of experience and artisanship—form the foundation of her investigations, whether academic or artistic. She tries to draw the many aspects of her experience together into her garment designs, which combine contemporary and traditional design as well as a wide variety of cultural influences.

Bridget particularly enjoys colorwork, cables, and knitting in the round, and she often incorporates these elements into her designs. She loves traditional knitting styles such as Aran, Fair Isle, and Nordic. She challenges herself to find innovative ways to employ these tried and tested methods in order to create a fresh and updated look.

Eldfell Pullover Design detail
Eldfell Pullover Design

Bridget’s pattern designs are available on Ravelry as well through Knit Picks, where she has several patterns featured in print publications. Her finished garments can be found for sale in her Etsy shop. Her items can be viewed in the Shop.

Bridget Pupillo Knitwear Designs is a small cottage operation that is made possible through the help and support of family. Mom Jannell Pupillo is the expert with almost 60 years of knitting experience. She offers advice and suggestions, test knits many of the designs, and willingly trudges down to the beach in the frigid cold to photograph the finished garments. Many of the photographs featured here are her own

Bridget Pupillo wearing her Poppy Red Icelandic Cardigan
Poppy Red Icelandic Cardigan

Brother Nathan Pupillo offers his modeling expertise, in particular for the Icelandic Lopi sweaters available in the Etsy shop. He has braved many a poison ivy patch or icy coastal gale to show these garments in just the right light. He is also an excellent photographer and can take credit for many of the lovely photographs featured here.

Nathan Pupillo wearing Turf and Clouds Icelandic Pullover
Turf and Clouds Icelandic Pullover

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Bridget Pupillo wearing her Portree Poncho Design
Portree Poncho Design