Designers

Aldersign Designs

At AlderSign Designs I like to create signature designs that use modern techniques, flattering shapes and have a spark of something fun and interesting! Sometimes I design cute and fun amigurumi too.

I sell knit and crochet patterns, amigurumi kits and teach knit and crochet techniques. I have self-published three books: An Elven Reckoning, Beautiful Knits for Beautiful Sticks and Winter Blooms. My patterns have been published in Knit Now!, The Crochet Project, Knitty.com and in Bespoke book by Baa Ram Ewe and Rowan Yarns. Last year I was awarded new designer of the year by Knit Now! magazine. 

AmyJ Designs

I’m Kathryn, the designer behind AmyJ Designs. I live in a hundred year old cottage in the beautiful Peak District of England. I have crafted for most of my life being taught knitting by my Mum, embroidery by my Gran and crochet by my Nanna. Over the last few years crochet has taken over and in 2018 I turned my hand to designing – and AmyJ Designs was created.

Andre Knits

My name is André and I live in Porto, Portugal.

I’m a knitwear designer, researcher, and instructor. I also have degrees in design and fashion illustration.

I have been designing patterns since 2016, and am starting to launch them to the international public, teaching all over the country and developing the Portuguese techniques so that people from all parts of the world can learn from someone native and who loves what he does. In the last year, I taught on a Knitting Retreat in Italy, Perth Festival of Yarn (Scotland), Barcelona Knits (Barcelona), Knoble Yarn Fest in Colorado and Vogue Knitting Live.

Ann Kingstone Designs

Yorkshire designer Ann Kingstone loves to design tailored garments using innovative construction and knitting techniques. To date she has published 8 books, including three technique-focused manuals. She also specialises in researching and teaching about Yorkshire’s knitting heritage, running heritage-focused knitting breaks in the Yorkshire Dales.

Handmade By Kunbi

Handmade by Kunbi was born in 2016 after a rekindling of a long lost passion for knitting and crocheting. It didn’t take long before the creative bug bit, providing an outlet for knit and crochet designing. 

Our mission with Handmade by Kunbi is to create fun designs and patterns that you will love to make and wear whether you’re a beginner or seasoned knitter/crocheter. It is our hope that we can inspire and encourage you to truly express yourself in your chosen craft. 

Handmade by Kunbi designs are always well thought through with the knitter and crocheter in mind and your finished makes are bound to stand out.

Jeanette Sloan Design

My fascination with yarn began when my Bajan Mum taught me to hand knit at the age of 7 and it led me to study for a degree in textile design where I specialised in hand & machine knitting.

I’ve worked as a textile a designer for nearly 30 years and during that time I’ve learned to crochet, bead and embroider along the way and have developed a colour aesthetic that has become an important part of both my process and design identity. So what gets my creative juices flowing? It may be an intriguing stitch from an old stitch dictionary or perhaps a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge to a shawl; either are enough to get me sketching and swatching.  I’m a self confessed ‘accessories obsessive’ who’s written or contributed to 6 books on hand knitting, most recently Warm Hands which I co-edited with Kate Davies and Field Guide No 15: Open for Modern Daily Knitting. 

JimiKnits

Former Graphic Designer and Track & Field Heptathlete, Jimenez Joseph took up knitting after severely dislocating her knee joint. A simple gift of a ‘Learn To Knit’ kit sparked a curious interest that quickly became an obsession.

Since publishing her first pattern in 2011, her focus has been to design garments that she would want to wear. Her designs are inspired by the colours, composition and texture of yarns that she encounters, which then go towards developing into novel pieces.

Jimenez’s creative vision is backed up by the clarity and concision of her patterns, using her graphic communication skills to simplify even her most complex designs.

Kari-Helene Rane

My name is Kari-Helene Rane and I am a fashion designer specialising in hand knitwear.

I am originally from Norway and moved to the UK in 2002 to study Fashion Designs at Kingston University. I gained a Bachelors Degree in 2005 and has since worked with knitwear. I enjoy creating differnet constructions in knitwear and like to think up interesting new ways of combining stitches.

I have designed for companies such as The Fibre Co, Du Store Alpakka and Purl Alpaca Designs and magazines such as Knit Now, Pom Pom, Interweave Knits and Knitting Magazine.

Natalie In Stitches

Natalie comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades that have passed, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting and learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in textile design, tailoring, theatre costume and bridal couture.  At present Natalie’s designs can be found in Knitting magazine, published monthly by GMC Publications, and she teaches clothes making and pattern cutting at Morley College, London.
As a designer, Natalie is often drawn to early to mid-20th century fashion details and aims to create a strong, feminine and classic look that complements the wardrobes of contemporary women, is flattering to wear and easy to style.  The slow process of knitting and the relative lack of time modern people have available for knitting prompts her to design clothing and accessories that strike a balance for those who enjoy the process of making, like a bit of technique to keep themselves stimulated, but do not necessarily want to labour over a project for too long.  Colour, stitch patterning and “resting rows” that allow for breaks in concentration are typical of Natalie’s designs.