Erika Knight knitting patterns ethical wool and yarns
Erika started out as a fine art student in Brighton but couldn’t keep from raiding the stores in the fashion department in search of textiles. She went with the flow and, armed with “massive ignorance and enthusiasm”, co-launched what became a hugely successful hand-knit label ‘Molto!’.
Design and fashion forecasting work for a range of top brands. (Marks & Spencer, Nicole Farhi, H&M, Whistles, Rowan Yarns, Coats PLC) followed, but alongside, there were always projects that celebrated the things she really cared about. The craft element of design and the very human scale and pace of knitting or crocheting unique, personal, treasures, as well as the need to respect the natural world and sustain its resources.
Erika has published more than 20 books on knitting and crocheting and with her ‘simple’ ethos. A unique interpretation of craft. Her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet. With accessible and enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and above all enjoy creating.
Her own eponymous hand knit yarn label launched in 2012. Determined to support British manufacturing and share her unwaveringly-held belief in the importance of treading lightly on the earth and celebrating traditional British skills, Erika is doing what she always wanted to do.
Ethical yarn collection
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…
It’s all about knits. Luxurious & tactile in home grown British wool and natural, sustainable fibres.
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.
Crafted by hand
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.
All my yarns are dyed with environmentally friendly dye stuffs to European standards.
A selection of simple knitting and crochet patterns focusing for man, woman, baby and home, are available at your local yarn store. Please see the designs page for more details. For a full list of stockists see here.