By Kate Davies
“Time, for a hand knitter, accrues, attenuates, shifts gradually, moving on in its own folds and gathers rather than straight lines.”
Kate Davies thoughtfully reflects on a decade in design in her anniversary collection of eighteen beautiful patterns.
Mixing innovative brand-new work like Sterntaucher and Fleck it with classic re-releases such as Carbeth and Paper Dolls, all patterns are written in Kate’s signature clear style across an inclusive size range.
There are twelve different pullovers and cardigans to choose from, including simple-to-knit styles such as the Evendoon pullover and cardigan alongside the enjoyable cable challenges posed by Wryit or Tree Tram Tro.
Yet Kate’s hallmark is perhaps her work with colour, and this collection abounds with bold designs of many hues, including yoke sweaters, a cosy hoody, mitts, cowl, hats and slippers, and the graphic Sterrie blanket with its simple, contemporary feel.
• 18 patterns
• 4 classic re-releases (Owls, Paper Dolls, Carbeth and Carbeth Cardigan)
• 14 brand new designs
• inclusive size range
21 x 21 x 3 cm
Kate Davies Designs, Glasgow.
My name is Kate Davies. I live by Scotland’s West Highland Way where I love writing, knitting walking, and swimming in the wonderful landscapes that surround me. I find that each of these activities has a creative and a critical dimension and the best of possible worlds is one in which I productively combine them all.
Knitting is one of my greatest loves, and in 2010 (when a stroke at the age of 36 ended my academic career) I began Kate Davies Designs (KDD) creating digital patterns for hand knitters. The business lent me a platform to combine my skills in research, writing and design, and rapidly grew into a small publishing company through which I began to produce my own books. In Colours of Shetland (2012), Yokes (2014), Buachaille: At Home in The Highlands (2015), The Book of Haps (2016), Shetland Oo (2016), Inspired by Islay(2017), Happit (2017), West Highland Way (2018) Shore (2018) and Milarrochy Heids (2018) I bring my passions for historical writing and practical creativity together. Nothing makes me happier than seeing knitters all over the world enjoying my books and making and wearing my designs.