Packed with more than 20 manageable projects to teach you a range of skills. This book features more than twenty projects by four different contemporary designers with designs advancing in skill level as the knitter becomes more familiar with the techniques. It provides answers to the questions that often stump new knitters.
Kate Buchanan is the founder of the Westender Stitch 'n' Bitch knitting group in Ealing and was a finalist in the National Knitting Awards 2005 with the design 'Biastripe'. She teaches hand knitting at Chelsea College of Art and Design and has designed several projects for Simply Knitting magazine. In 2005 she launched a range of knitting kits, GiftedKnits, which includes a Learn To Knit kit with CD. Laura Long studied textiles (specializing in Knitwear) at Central St. Martins School of Art, where she became interested in traditional Irish crafts such as lace, crochet, Aran knitting and knotwork. After graduating with 1st class honours she was awarded a prestigious Textprint prize to exhibit at Indigo, Paris, followed by exhibitions at both London and Paris fashion weeks. She then worked in Ireland with the fashion designer John Rocha and is now involved in various knitwear design projects, including designing hand knitted garments and accessories for the Rowan seasonal magazines and designing and making garments and accessories for fashion houses. Sian Luyken is an experienced hand-knitter who learnt from her grandmother before she started school. She has designed garments for Simply Knitting and Magknits and she is co-organizer of the London knitting group Angelknits. Louise Butt is a new designer working in knitwear and has designed several exciting hand knit projects for Simply Knitting magazine. She is based in Wiltshire.