This month I had the great pleasure of interviewing the knitwear designer, Erika Knight. Erika has just released a new pattern book called, ‘Junior Colour Knits’, which I’m keen to get my hands on!
Hi there, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Erika, knitwear designer, author of 25 books on knit and crochet and most recently producer of my own yarn collection of 100% British wools, all made entirely here in the UK.
When did you start knitting?
It was my Granny who first taught me to knit when I was little, but it wasn’t until I got to Art School and began up-cycling clothes and knitting sweaters to sell in the college refectory that it really became a hobby. I took a job designing for an Italian fashion house and then started my own ready to wear knitwear label ‘Molto!’ and I think that’s when knitting became an important part of what I did for work – and now I think its completely taken over everything!
What do you love about knitting?
I love the simplicity – it is such a low-tech craft – all you need is two sticks and a continuous length of thread and you can create a fabric. Texture has always been the most important thing to me and is where I always start from when I design – trying a new stitch or using a different fibre. I love a juxtaposition of textures too – wool with metal or wood, knitting with leather and string…
Can you share any top knitting tips?
I am in to different cast on methods at the moment – the method that you choose can really make a difference to your finished project. Whether you are using fine or thick yarns and whether you want them elastic or non-elastic – one of my favourites is the traditional brioche rib from Fairisle.
When you’re not knitting, what do you like to do?
When your hobby or passion becomes your job it is very hard to separate the two, and especially when it is something creative. I am a very visual person, so I love visiting galleries, whiling away a few hours on Pinterest, and reading fashion magazines. When I have the chance, I love to travel and explore new cities – flea markets and junk shops are my favourite way to get a flavor of the local culture. But, I am often happiest by the seaside in my hometown Brighton, with a bag of fish ‘n chips and my knitting!