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I am a gypsy! having been born and raised in Yorkshire, England I left at 21 and lived in many places including Germany for 5 years. This resulted in my always striving to move on to the next level of my life. The one thing that remained constant is my need to create. Eventually I went back to university and graduated with a first class honours degree in fashion and textiles majoring in knitwear design. I am now back in Yorkshire and a professional in-house hand knit designer for a well known UK pattern and yarn company.

Sunday, 19 April 2009


Today I actually managed to complete a project!!! I have been designing, sampling and illustrating a Vintage design for a Rowan competition and now have it all parceled up ready for the post office in the morning.
I used Rowan Purelife Dk and 4 Ply but am also in the process of working out the first draft of the written pattern. So I decided that the toile garment would be for me and ended up using Sirdar yarn as it came in the kind of blue I liked. It is a combination of handknit and crochet; using relief trebles in a honey comb pattern for the waist.

The concept came from the film '9 to 5', in which Dolly Parton is wearing a machine knit peach number with nipped in waist and 'A' line skirt. I added vintage crochet elements and thought that the alternative 80's route (when the film was made) would be on trend with a slight angle.

Now all I have to do is finish MY dress! ....and dream that Rowan start to notice me.....Rowan is based in Holmfirth (where they filmed 'Last of the summer wine'), which is 15 mins drive from where I grew up. Oh how fabulous to get paid for knitting and working in one of my favourite places.....;0

1 comment:

Alison Friday said...

Found the Rowan entry, love it and I know the dress, I too love that film. Not sat and watched it in years, I must.
I love your illustrations they are so you! They sum you up delicate and detailed, but strong as an ox!

keep it up Hatton, It will happen