Author(s): Anna Wilkinson
Anna Wilkinson is a splendid fresh talent in the world of knitwear design who, for her debut book, has put together a collection of 20 contemporary garments and accessories that not only teach you the basics of the craft but also give results that will be the envy of all your friends. Starting with the simplest stocking stitch scarf, knitted as long as you dare in quick-to-knit chunky yarn, Anna shows how you can make covetable accessories with just a few basic techniques. Moving through the projects, the Detachable Lace Collar and Eyelet Lace Top are both simple ones with which to hone your lace knitting skills. Colourful, fun and highly desirable, Anna's designs are flattering to women of all shapes and exceptionally easy to wear. A textured cape, knitted in a gorgeous two-colour, tweed-effect stitch, can just as easily be thrown over jeans as worn with something more dressy. Either way, the wow-effect of this knitted cape belies the simplicity of how it is made. Throughout the book, Anna is on hand with a ready-reference of techniques and tips to guide you. So, if you have ever really wanted to learn to knit but you have yet to find the right beginner's projects to tempt you, then Learn to Knit, Love to Knit is the book for you.
Anna Wilkinson is a leading designer within the new, young knitting pack. A recent Textile Design graduate from Winchester School of Art, in 2009 Anna was awarded the coveted Gold in the Knitted Textile Awards by the UK Handknitting Association for her collection of vintage-inspired hand knits. Although influenced by traditional hand-knitting techniques, Anna's knitwear designs are characterised by exceptionally flattering garment shapes enlivened with quirky combinations of colour and pattern. Her knitted creations have already won her great critical acclaim and respect within the knitwear industry. When not designing garments, she also works for an internationally renowned London print studio sourcing and designing fabric and knitwear samples for major fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith.