By Erika Knight
The elegant, understated sophistication of Erika’s designs is matched by the restrained colour palette of the yarns: natural shades of ecru, graphite, indigo, heather and moss. Highly textural and elegantly designed, knitted textiles are modern, adaptable and extremely comfortable. In this aspirational yet practical book, Erika Knight shows how to create exquisitely beautiful designs for the home.
Starting with an introduction to basic knitting techniques, and using only natural yarns, bamboo needles and the easiest stitches, Simple Knits for Easy Living demonstrated photographically every element, from casting on to increasing and decreasing.
Using the simplest techniques, Erika has created a range of practical yet extremely attractive quick-to-knit textiles for home, including cushions, throws, rugs, runners, bags and wraps. Many of the patterns are based on a plain square. All of them are within the grasp of a complete novice knitter and almost all of them could be completed in a weekend, if not in an evening.
For anyone who wants to give their house a contemporary look, can spare the small amount of time to create these exceedingly easy textiles, Simple Knits for Easy Living is a godsend.
My yarn collection is concise and considered with fibres and colours carefully selected so that you can be confident in choosing a beautiful, quality yarn for whatever you wish to create.
My ethos has always been to keep things simple: to support British manufacturing where possible, to promote sustainable, natural fibres and to celebrate traditional skills. Having worked in the textile industry for most of my career and in many different guises, I am passionate about innovation and heritage in equal balance.
When you are taking the time to craft something by hand, it is as much about the process as the final outcome, so for me, it is important to use the best possible materials. This of course means using different yarns and fibres for different purposes and understanding the characteristics of each.