Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Meet The Designers

We are now in the fourth week of our Designer-Along in aid of the amazing charity, KnitFor Peace.  When we first discussed the idea, several months ago, we had a wish list of some of the world’s top knit and crochet designers.  We were humbled that our top 6 all agreed to take part without any hesitation and we thought we would give you a little more insight in to the designers we have been lucky enough to work with.

Debbie Bliss is a wonderful designer whose quintessential British style shines through both her designs and styling on all her shoots.  Debbie designs is prolific with designs for men, women, children, babies and the home using her extensive range of yarns which are loved by knitters and crocheters all over the world. When choosing a yarn for this project, we knew Rialto DK was the natural choice.  It is great to knit and crochet with and has a fantastic colour palette.

Erika Knight is another British designer who bring elegance and glamour to her work.  She has published a number of books that really should be in every knitter’s and crocheter’s bookcase.  She has worked with brands such as Rowan and John Lewis as well as producing her own range of yarns that are spun in the UK.

Arne and Carlos are our Scandinavian heroes whose inimitable style graced the world of fashion before they turned to knitting.  Their Christmas balls are legendary and we also love their book of toys.  Recently they have worked with Regia to bring us specially crafted sock yarns.  Arne and Carlos have a fantastic YouTube channel with lots of useful hints and tips.

Elena Fedotova is a crochet supremo based in the Ukraine. We were delighted when she focussed her creativity on Tunisian crochet for this project.  Elena submitted so many square designs we found it hard to choose so she generously gave us eight designs in her Sunny Days collection.  Her Ravelry group and blog are great favourites with lots of hints and tips.  You can join Elena’s Ravelry group here.

When you hear the name Jane Crowfoot you instantly think of her beautiful crochet alongs.  She launched her Lily Pond CAL last year with Stylecraft yarns and this year’s offering is called Frida’s Flowers – and colourful homage to the artist Frida Kahlo packed full of Mexican motifs.  Jane’s book, The Ultimate CrochetBible, is THE book we always turn to for help with every crochet project.

Debbie Abrahams will celebrate 10 years of her Mystery Blanket Club in 2017. For 10 months subscribers receive yarn, patterns and beads to create an heirloom blanket but the design is only revealed bit by bit, making the whole experience even more exciting. Debbie is very fond of beads and scours the world for the best beads for knitters and crocheters. There is still time to sign up to next year’s Mystery Blanket Club.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every designer who has generously given their time and creativity to our Designer-Along.