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Kate Davies Designs

Yokes by Kate Davies

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  • By Kate Davies

    In this exciting new book, writer and designer Kate Davies unravels the tale of one of the Twentieth Century’s most distinctive sweater styles - the circular yoke. From Shetland and Iceland to Canada and Sweden, Kate’s essays and conversations take you on a journey around the North Atlantic, exploring the yoke’s intriguing and often surprising regional narratives.

    A garment with unexpected national and political resonances; an important marker of personal and cultural identity; a fashionable barometer of trends and technical transformations from the 1920s to today, yokes have connected the lives and livelihoods of many different women.

    In this book you’ll hear the voices of those women, from designers to artists, from knitters to entrepreneurs. You will read about Elizabeth Zimmermann’s seamless innovations, learn more of Kerstin Olsson’s knitterly aesthetics, and discover the fascinating influence of the Greenlandic nuilarmiut.

    The essays and conversations are accompanied by a collection of eleven signature yoke patterns. Featuring a wide range of design elements from colourwork and cables to beads and texture, Kate has created a yoke for every knitter.

    So take up your needles, open up this book, and discover the story of the sweater that changed the shape of modern knitting.

    The book includes the following essays and conversations:

    *Why Yokes?
    *Greenlanders and Norwegians
    *Kerstin Olsson & the Bohus Yoke
    *The Shetland Tree & Star
    *Perspectives on the Lopapeysa
    *A Conversation with Meg Swansen
    *Yoke Connections

    plus
    Further Reading / resources; notes on size fit and modification; a special techniques section
    and
    eleven signature yoke designs in a wide range of yarn weights and knitting styles.

    The majority of designs are graded in ten sizes from 30-50 inches.

    The book comprises 112 pages and is printed and bound in the UK.

  • Paperback:
    112 pages

    Dimensions:
    21 x 21 x 3 cm

    Publisher:
    Kate Davies Designs

  • 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.

     

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