I love designing knitwear and the endless possibilities for texture, colour and shape that knitting allows. Over the last 25-plus (!) years I’ve had loads of experience designing fashion knitwear; first creating both machine- and hand-knitted garments which have sold in boutiques and department stores in the UK and around the world, and during the 1990s in my own shop in London, then since 2004 designing for the home-knit market, with my designs featuring regularly in the Rowan magazines, and in The Knitter and Vogue Knitting magazines.
My training in fashion design and pattern-cutting on a fashion/textile degree course, as well as the experience of dealing directly with customers in my London shop (I often made bespoke garments) have helped to give me a good understanding of how to design knit garments that not only look interesting, but are also wearable; designed to fit and flatter women of different shapes, sizes and ages.
In 2006 Rowan published a book of my designs, Beads, Buttons and Lace and in 2007 I contributed to Sharon Brant’s book Knitting Goes Large.
I have also had a long-standing interest in fashion history, and in 2005 embarked an MA at the Royal College of Art. My research for my dissertation on the history of the knitting pattern, along with my love of fashions from the late 19th and early 20th century, inspired the designs in my book A Handknit Romance published in 2012.
Since publication of the book I have exhibited at many of the growing number of knitting shows around the UK where I have met many delightful and enthusiastic knitters, proving that I am not alone in my love of the possibilities of knit.