Inspired by the ancient Japanese resist dyeing technique of ‘Shibori’ four new colours for 2017 mimic the subtle hues of indigo dye.
Take inspiration from the infinite methods of stitching, twisting, binding and folding used to create distinctive Shibori patterns, and experiment with texture and colour in your knitting and crochet.
Studio Linen is made from recycled linen fibres, which are selected, undone and re-spun with premium natural linen to create a beautiful and unique recycled yarn.
Shibori colours 2017
We have collaborated with London based Shibori designer Rob Jones who has created bespoke backdrops and bags for us, and inspired our new colours.
Rob says “Shibori is a slow craft, often with many hours of stitching, binding, clamping and pole-dyeing followed by more hours at the indigo vat or mordanting, dyeing and over-dyeing fabric”. Rob’s creations demonstrate his love of fabric and the time spent to produce something original and lovingly handmade, with care and thought put into it.
Like knitting and crochet, Shibori represents slow crafting, tradition and modernity combined and Rob shares with us “a desire to bring something beautiful and different into the world.”
For more information on Rob’s designs or to take part in a Shibori workshop, please see, www.romordesigns.com.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day…
knit this pair of Lovebirds in luxuriously soft British blue wool
to share with your loved one
Designed exclusively for erika knight by Sue Stratford and knitted in three colours of soft British blue wool, with an intarsia heart and a knitted envelope tucked under the wing to enclose your little love letter.
Don’t miss this limited edition pattern – available from your LYS and online from the erika knight Raverly store
about the designer
Sue Stratford has seen her love of knitting grow into an exciting career as a designer over the past ten years. She now has eight successful titles under her belt, translated into seven different languages. You can see Sue and her quirky designs at Fibre shows around the country this year including Unravel and Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
Inspired by the texture of fur wool and current catwalk collections, British designer Emma Wright has created this small but perfectly formed collection of fun and fabulous pieces .
These three patterns are available to purchase as downloadable pdfs exclusively from the erika knight Ravelry store.
A fur front jumper with raglan sleeves.
A fur hat with pom pom and maxi wool rib edge detail.
A polo neck fur poncho.
Photography by Yuki Sugiura.
Emma Wright is a British fashion knit and crochet designer with a love of colour, flora, dogs and British wool. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2014, Emma set up a studio in her grandparents’ spare room in Sheffield with her wire-haired fox terrier Daisy.
For more of Emma’s work please see www.emmaknitted.co.uk and follow @emmaknitted on social media.
Inspired by the casual nonchalance and effortlessly cool attitude of two of our favourite rock chicks (Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and Marianne Faithfull) these two new fur patterns are designed to be simple to knit and easy to wear.
Perfect for layering up in the colder months and adding some cosy texture to any outfit. Knitted in fur wool, a natural yarn made from 97% British wool with a 3% nylon binder.
Design leaflets feature full colour photography by Yuki Sugiura.
Available as printed pattern leaflets from your LYS or online stockist or downloadable PDFs.
An essential sleeveless vest knitted in stocking stitch in natural fur wool with patch pockets to detail.
Faithfull is available to purchase as a downloadable pdf. buy now
A fur shawl knitted in basic garter stitch and with simple increasing to create a triangular shape with integral ties.
Pretender is available to purchase as a downloadable pdf. buy now
Erika is proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with family run Spanish yarn company Katia to create an exclusive design for the ‘Nomada’ yarn collection, which celebrates the wisdom of an ancient craft and promotes sustainable practices for slow clothes.
This exclusive pattern is the first signature designer collaboration as part of the Katia ‘Premium Designers’ collection. Read more about it on the Katia blog.
Download the pattern for FREE from Katia by clicking here.
In collaboration with British department store John Lewis, erika knight has designed and created a unique super bulky fashion yarn – XXL!
XXL is available in a palette of 3 beautiful Wintery pastel shades and with supporting designs for a cosy Cable snood and an oversized Pom pom hat using just one 250g hank for each project.
…And just in time for Christmas there is an online exclusive FREE pattern for a chunky Festive stocking – available only at www.johnlewis.com as a downloadable PDF.
XXL Pom pom hat
XXL wool – soft grey
XXL Cable snood
XXL Cable snood – dusky pink
XXL Festive stocking
XXL wool – blanc
photography by Yuki Sugiura
This yarn is a unique roving yarn and while every effort has been made to ensure the meterage is consistent, there may be some variation from hank to hank. The 3 available patterns have been designed to use just one hank and have been tried and tested. However please note that more yarn may be consumed depending on the larger the needle size you use and how you knit.
Join me at John Lewis Oxford Street this Friday 14th October from 1 to 4pm for a presentation of the eleven newly launched patterns in the erika knight for John Lewis collaboration and an exclusive sneak peek at the brand new yarn – perfect for Christmas gift ideas.
Simple stitch shawl
V neck vest
To celebrate Wool Week 2016 (10th – 16th October) and support the Campaign for Wool we have once again teamed up with British designer Emma Wright to create this must have sheep bag in British wool!
The Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits offered by the fibre.
Show your support for the Campaign for Wool and our fabulous British sheep breeds by knitting and toting this fun and funky sheep bag, all made from the best of British wool.
Fur wool is made from the Masham sheep and British blue is made from 100% Bluefaced Leicester fleece.
A FREE limited edition postcard pattern is available from your local erika knight stockist while stocks last!
Or download the pattern for FREE here: download now
As ever we would love to see your projects – so please do share photos of your own sheep bag with us on instagram, twitter and Facebook
#britishsheepbag @knightkraft @emmaknitted
For more information on the wonders of wool, and ways to get involved check out the Campaign for Wool website.
Three FREE patterns for three beautiful and simple projects to make in soft gossypium cotton to welcome new baby.
A little circle of lacy crochet fastened with a little button to create a pretty necklace.
(Available in UK and USA crochet terms.)
A rabbit shaped toy knitted in simple garter stitch using easy decreasing and increasing and finished with an embroidered face, pom pom tail and tied with a ribbon bow.
A to Zzz Blanky
A little blanket to welcome baby, knitted in stocking / stockinette stitch with a garter stitch edge. A personalised letter (choose from A to Z from the chart provided) is worked in reverse stocking stitch in the centre of the blanket.