Author(s): Erika Knight
Erika Knight: The Collection is the ultimate compendium of timeless knitwear projects from one of the leading yarncraft designers. Divided into four sections - Classic, Classic at Home, Glamour, and Glamour at Home - this delightful project books is a compendium of all Erika's favourite patterns. Classic contains a beautiful collection of enduring wardrobe basics, from a quintessential sweater in aran cotton, to a perfect cashmere ballet cardigan. Adding sumptuous texture to any room, Classic at Home is a tightly focused collection of relaxed classic casuals, from a knit throw in the softest cashmere blend yarn to a practical wash mitt knitted in hemp. Glamour is a must-have portfolio of sensuous, sexy knits inspired by Hollywood sirens, with a lacy knit shrug, a frill-neck tea top and an applique cardigan with three-quarter sleeves. The designs in Glamour at Home are a little piece of girlie heaven, turning the dullest room into a seductive salon: a basic silk cushion decorated with a cluster of mother-of-pearl buttons, or an otherwise mundane coathanger turned into a must-have accessory with ribbon, sequins and trims.The Glamour yarns are tactile and opulent: velvet chenille, flowing satin and sensuous silk. For the Classic sections, each textile has been carefully considered for its handcrafted charm that will withstand the vagaries of fashion and ranges from cotton, alpaca and hemp to merino, linen and cashmere blends, whilst the colours of the yarns work together to create a universally appealing palette. These projects form a tightly focused capsule collection of easy-wear classic casuals and seductive glamour knits for the modern woman.
Erika Knight is a much-respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a sought-after consultant to the fashion and craft industries. She has created knitwear ranges for many top brands, including MS, Whistles and Nicole Farhi in the UK, plus J. Crew and Gap in the US and Country Road in Australia. Through her work as a fashion forecaster, Erika has an uncanny knack of identifying coming trends. In 2011 she launched her own capsule collection of high-quality hand knit yarns, Erika Knight Yarns, to great acclaim. With each yarn sheared, scoured and spun in England, as you would expect from this talented designer, the texture and colours of this yarn collection are truly special.