Friday 6 May 2016

Three Upcoming Pattern Books To Watch Out For

You wait for pattern books by UK indie designers then - hallelujah! - like buses three come along almost at once. Summer will see Karie Westermann, Graeme Knowles-Miller and Kate Davies publish pattern books according to their email newsletters.

Westermann's book will be called This Thing Of Paper. She says: "The projects are aimed at advanced beginner knitters to advanced knitters. Someprojecqts will be achievable in a weekend or over a week; others will demand more involvement. The items cover texture, colour and lace ... each of the three garments will be graded across seven sizes (XS to 3X) and will have notes on how to modify fit. The accessories are a mixtures of shawls, hats and gloves."

Picture courtesy of Karie Westermann

The latest email from Leeds-based yarn shop baa ram ewe broke the good news that Graeme Knowles-Miller will be co-authoring a book for them. No more information as yet about what the book will contain but watch this space ...

Picture of Graeme Knowles-Miller courtesy of baa ram ewe

Finally, seemingly straight after launching her own yarn range the very hard-working Kate Davies is due to publish a book of haps, a shawl speciality of the Shetland Islands. In recent blog post she wrote: "Writing and photography for our forthcoming Haps books rather intensely occupied the last month, and I'm now really happy to say the end is in sight, as we put the finishing touches to the copy and prepare everything for layout."

Davies' previous career was as a university academic and this shows in her knitting publications, most of which feature essays on the history and development of patterns that have inspired her. Whilst you may not be interested in knitting a hap the book will be well worth it for Davies' scholarship.

Kate Davies image courtesy of Kate Davies

Lots to look forward to! Hopefully I'll be able to review the books in forthcoming blog posts.

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