Kate Atherley - The Pi Shawl and Introduction to Garment Alterations Kate is Knitty.com's Managing Technical Editor and a seasoned designer of all things knitterly. Her most recent book "Knit Mitts!", a guide to everything about mittens and gloves, sold out its first printing in record time. Her book "Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns", is the industry's first guide specifically written to help knit designers of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns, and her "Custom Socks" book is hugely popular. Kate is known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their challenging but adorable rescue dog, Dexter.
Renée Callahan - Brioche Stitch Basics and Brioche Next Steps East London Knit began as Renée's knitwear studio in the depths of East London, overflowing with knitting machines and hundreds of cones of yarn. After several years of working in the fashion industry, Renée decided she had to pursue her own passion: designing slow fashion and encouraging people to make their own handmade wardrobes. She now teaches knitting classes, designs knitting patterns and podcasts about her love of slow fashion and making and sharing beautiful, useful things.
Julie Dubreux - Shake Your Shawl Shapes and My Dream Sweater Julie (aka Julie Knits in Paris on Ravelry and social media) is French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her enthusiastic love for the knitting community translates into colourful collaborations with indie dyers from all around the world. Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly.
Carol Feller - Fearless Cables & Chart Reading and Short Rows Carol is a designer, teacher, and author living in Cork, Ireland. She has published almost 270 patterns and 7 books, including Short Row Knits (Pottercraft) and Contemporary Irish Knits (Wiley), and is a popular instructor on Craftsy.com with almost 400,000 students. She regularly teaches in yarn shops, fibre festivals, knitting retreats and tours, covering a wide variety of basic and advanced skills including chart reading, garment shaping, short rows, cables, and colourwork. Carol first learned to knit in primary school, and there is a strong history of crafting in her family. In university, she trained as a textile artist, and then as a structural engineer. Both of these backgrounds influence her work, which uses innovative construction methods to create well-shaped and flattering objects that are intuitive and enjoyable to knit, and that make the most out of carefully chosen yarns. Carol strives to help knitters create beautiful and unique products that they will love to use.
Jonna Hietala and Sini Ellen / Laine Magazine - Knitwear Photography Jonna and Sini are the co-fonders of Laine, a Nordic knit and lifestyle print magazine, that cherishes natural fibres and the international community of knitters. Together they are responsible for the aesthetics and photography of the magazine, known for its beautiful, strong, visual storytelling. Besides Laine, both Jonna and Sini work on personal projects and as freelance photographers for international clients.
Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn / Kelbourne Woolens - Bohus Knitting and Roositud: Learning the Traditional Estonian Technique Courtney and Kate are the owners of Kelbourne Woolens. Founded in 2008, Kelbourne Woolens is a US-based yarn company and distributor of fine yarns. Knitwear designers at heart, Kate and Courtney also have an extensive line of knitting patterns and love to travel and teach. Designs that pay homage to the history of knitting, but with a modern and wearable style, are the hallmark of KW designs, and the yarns they develop. Their shared experiences in fine art, textiles, retail, knitwear design, and many years of knitting experience all inform the day-to-day managing of Kelbourne Woolens. Kate lives just outside of Philadelphia with her husband, two daughters, two cats and two dogs. Courtney lives in Philadelphia with her partner and four children, and - blissfully - no pets.
Jane Lithgow - Knitting Socks Two at a Time and British Breeds Yarn Tasting Jane is a lifelong knitter, taught by her grandmother as a child. She draws on this experience to give good, clear, practical advice to the novice and expert knitter alike. Infectiously enthusiastic and reassuringly patient, she regularly teaches at knitting shops across the country and is currently one of the Fibre Artists in Residence at Stepney City Farm. She has also taught and demonstrated at music and fibre festivals, in museums, prisons, schools and art galleries. Jane is a published designer with a special interest in designing accessories, particularly mittens and socks. Born and brought up on the Isle of Wight, Jane is based in London. When she is not knitting, she can be found walking coastal paths and dreaming of living by the sea again.
Nathan Taylor - Demystifying Double Knitting and Strantarsia Nathan (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry and social media) is obsessed with double-knitting! He has been knitting seriously since 2011, and designing since around the same time. Nathan's passion is for sharing his knowledge of double knitting with as many people as possible, pushing the boundaries and furthering what is possible with this addictive and beautiful technique. Nathan's patterns have been published in Knit Now, Vogue Knitting, The Knitter, and Rib Magazine. He also hosts a popular knitting podcast on YouTube and particularly champions male knitters, with a view to getting not only more men into knitting, but also getting more patterns aimed at men out there. Nathan's YouTube channel has myriad tutorials for the many and varied techniques involved in knitting his patterns and he's dedicated to making these tutorials as friendly and as easy to understand as possible. As a result of these efforts, Nathan was named Knit Now magazine's Knitter of the Year for 2017 in the Online Innovator category. Based in London, Nathan has been teaching double-knitting classes since 2014 and enjoys nothing so much as seeing that lightbulb moment when someone's brain clicks, and he knows that new double knitter has been born.
Karie Westermann - Colour & Pattern: Designing Signature Colourwork and Knitting the Landscape Karie does things with wool and words. She is a designer, teacher and general wool enthusiast. Her work combines her love of storytelling, art and woolly yarns, as she is a big believer in never being "just knitting". Past collaborators and clients include Malabrigo, Blacker Yarns, Eden Cottage Yarns, and The Island Wool Company, among many others. In 2017 Karie self-published This Thing of Paper following an explosive Kickstarter campaign that saw the project funded in a handful of days. This Thing of Paper features 11 projects and essays inspired by her love of medieval manuscripts.
Yarn in the City
Yarn in the City organises events in the knitting industry, including workshops in and around London, road trips, lectures, markets, our annual Great London Yarn Crawl and the biennial Yarnporium.