AMY DETJEN is a knitting teacher, podcaster, tour operator, and accidental yarn shop owner from Wisconsin. Teaching knitting and helping people learn about the wide range of knitting possibilities is something Amy is passionate about, and she loves solving those stubborn knitting problems! Amy Detjen Knits
ANNA MALTZ is an avid sweaterspotter. You can find her regular column in PomPom Quarterly. Her first book of knitting patterns is inspired by penguins. She gets around by bike in handknit woolly jumpers and secondhand everything. Coming from a long line of artists, weavers, architects and assorted other makers, she calls London home and is the first of her family born in Britain. She did her time knitting in the art world before sidestepping into designing and teaching. It satisfies her love of technical intricacies, a good puzzle, hands-on activities, community, colour and ideas.
ÅSA SÖDERMAN is a problem-solving kind of knitter who leans toward seamless and clever in her elegant yet funky designs. The ongoing mission is to share her Ziggurat ‘tricnique’ (tailored, topdown and truly all-in-one seamless), which she teaches with enthusiasm, while leading fellow knitters toward garment enlightenment. But really, any clever knitting solution is cause for joy. Born and raised in Sweden, she now lives in Germany with her Danish husband after years in New York, Boston and Sussex with extended periods in Scotland. You can find her designs on asatricosa.com, and on Ravelry. (Åsa rhymes with Tricosa – in most languages. Söderman, her last name, rhymes with not much at all.)
BRISTOL IVY is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection between classic tailoring and innovative technique, creating a unique and wearable aesthetic while maintaining knitterly appeal. It is inspired by the local Maine landscape and Portland’s unique style, Japanese and Scandinavian design, women’s fashion in the first half of the 20th century, and many, many repeat viewings of British period dramas. www.bristolivy.com Bristol on Ravelry
CAROL FELLER is an independent knitwear designer and teacher living in Cork, Ireland with her 4 boys and growing dog family! Her design approach combines her training as both an artist and a structural engineer, emphasizing seamless construction and clever shaping techniques to create flattering, tailored garments with interesting shapes and textures. Her patterns for men, women, and children are widely published in books and magazines, including Twist Collective, Interweave Knits,and Knitty. Carol has written 5 books and her most current book, Short Row Knits, was published September 2015 with Potter Craft.
CAROL MELDRUM is a textile designer, workshop tutor and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is also the creative force behind the fashion accessories label beatknit. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand knit label Rowan. Carol is a successful workshop tutor with a full calendar throughout the year travelling UK wide teaching all aspects of knit & crochet on an informal basis to both groups and individuals.
ELIZABETH JOHNSTON is a Shetlander who has spent a lifetime spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting the fibres she grew up with. Her business Shetland Handspun showcases her yarns perfectly, and she teaches her skills and shares her knowledge far and wide.
GUDRUN JOHNSTON was born in Shetland in the 70's when her mother was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. She spent her early years in Shetland and the rest of her childhood on mainland Scotland. Some 30 years latershe has followed in her mother's footsteps by reviving The Shetland Trader name, and has made a niche for herself in the knitwear design industry. Gudrun often includes aspects of her Shetland heritage in her designs. She has published two collections of Shetland inspired knitwear, The Shetland Trader Books One and Two. As well as working on her own collections and independent pieces, Gudrun often collaborates with yarn companies and other publications to produce new designs. Gudrun travels throughout the US and Europe for teaching and industry related events. She has also started running trips of her own to the Shetland Islands. The Shetland Trader Gudrun on Ravelry
JANET RENOUF MILLER is an experienced spinning teacher who holds the Certificate of Achievement in hand spinning. She has taught many courses in spinning, weaving, dyeing and crochet over the last 14 years, including the Summer School of the Association of Weavers Spinners & Dyers. Her second book, Knit 1 Bike 1, is based on a cycle and knitting journey round Scotland and her book ‘How to Spin Just About Anything’ was published in 2012. You can find out more about her work at www.createwithfibre.co.uk
JON DUNN-BALLAM, or easyknitter if you belong to Ravelry, is a knitter, spinner and dyer. He started at the age of 6, being taught by his nan. Jon started dyeing his own colourways when he couldn’t get the colour range he wanted - hey presto - easyknits.co.uk was born. Sock knitting figures greatly in his life!
JUSTYNA LORKOWSKA is a former teacher and a knitwear fanatic. She learned her first stitches from her mom when she was a teenager, but she gave up knitting quickly afterwards. Having her first baby brought back her passion with great impact and this time she also started designing knitwear for adults and children. She lives in Poland and designs knitwear that she would gladly find in her closet: flattering, versatile and seamless. letesknits
KARIE WESTERMANN was born in Denmark and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work - which encompasses knitwear design, writing, translation, editing and teaching - draws strongly upon her Nordic roots, and combines the practices of craft and storytelling to respond to tradition, culture, and context. She teaches extensively throughout the British Isles, has been featured in numerous knitting magazines and podcasts, and her collaborators include Malabrigo, Rowan Yarns, Susan Crawford Vintage, The Island Wool Company and Old Maiden Aunt. Karie has also lent her expertise to various cultural institutions including Glasgow University and The National Museum of Scotland.
KATHERINE LYMER is a design consultant, knitting tutor, knitwear designer and writer. She travels throughout the UK giving workshops on all aspects of knitting, teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Katherine enjoys working with a range of hand-knit companies, from the internationally renowned Rowan Yarns to more local, independent yarn producers and is delighted to be part of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015. www.knittingwithkatherine.com
MARTINA BEHM: I knit because I love to create. And I love to have yarn in my hands! Knitting has been my constant companion since elementary school. I knit in College when I was supposed to study econometrics, and I knit in my free time during my years as a journalist. I try to design my knitting patterns such that not only the finished object, but also the project itself is fun and pleasant – I love easy, mindless projects with very few purl stitches. In real life, I am a mom of two and live in a little village in the very north of Germany. Strickmich!
MELANIE BERG: In my real life I’m a former IT specialist, mother of three and a semi-successful housewife. In my secret second life I design knitwear. I live with my husband and three children in Bonn, Germany, where I spend my time combining colors, shapes and textures into freewheeling designs that are uniquely my own. I’ve been published by yarn companies and knitting magazines large and small, and I’ve also self-published my own patterns and e-books. I love collaborating with creative types from all over the world. mairlynd.de
NANCY MARCHANT, a.k.a. the Queen of Brioche, was born in Indiana but now lives and works, as a graphic designer, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has written articles and designed for Vogue Knitting/Designer Knitting and Interweave Knits, as well as a number of Dutch knitting magazines, and is the author of Knitting Brioche, which is the first and only knitting book devoted exclusively to the brioche stitch. Her new book Knitting Fresh Brioche is a stitchionary of more than 80 new brioche stitch patterns. Nancy loves to travel the world giving lessons and spreading the brioche love around. www.briochestitch.com Nancy on Ravelry
SOL RENCORET: I’m a crochet addict! Crochet is a beautiful technique but for many people it is still behind knitting in terms of wearability and style. Through patterns, workshops, tutorials and my blog I have been working towards inspiring people to grab their hook and make beautiful things they never expected could be done with crochet. www.acrochetjourney.com
STEPHEN WEST is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After moving to the Chicago area, he caught the knitting bug and started designing patterns while epic amounts of wool infiltrated into his life. There was no looking back. He now lives in Amsterdam and travels frequently teaching knitting workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
TOM VAN DEIJNEN is a self-taught knitter and mender from The Netherlands, who now lives in Brighton, UK. Technique, tradition and narrative inform much of his work. Under the moniker tomofholland, he explores these aspects of knitting and mending, and shares his enthusiasm with the general public through his blog, exhibitions and workshops. Hand-knitting has also raised his awareness of the meaning behind garments and his relationship with the clothes he wears. This has led to the Visible Mending Programme, in which Tom provides mending and repair inspiration, skills and services to people.
WOOLLY WORMHEAD: With an instinctive flair for unusual construction and a passion for innovation, Woolly Wormhead is a designer whose patterns are trusted and celebrated by knitters all over the world. As a designer, Woolly is driven by a need to create and develop her understanding of 3D form. Communicating her ideas and sharing her specialised knowledge with her audiences is key to Woolly’s success as a designer. Woolly’s high quality pattern writing ensures perfect results, teaches new skills and encourages us all to become Hat architects. www.woollywormhead.com
YSOLDA TEAGUE is a Scottish designer who focuses on innovative construction methods and designs that are both enjoyable to knit and easy to wear. Her designs include adorable toys, beautiful accessories, and both adult and baby sweaters, including some of Twist Collective's most popular patterns. Ysolda's current collection, Knitworthy 2, will contain eight quick but interesting patterns for anyone on your knitworthy list. Ysolda lives and works in Edinburgh but loves to travel, especially when it means meeting the people who make her patterns. www.ysolda.com