The Story of Cute Little Knits

IMG_7097I can’t believe it’s been almost four years since my first book, Cute Little Knits launched!

My idea for the book began back in 2006 when I was working in a haberdashery and wool shop in Leicester, starting up a Stitch & Bitch group and submitting patterns to knitting magazines. This is when I designed Chunky Monkey, who is definitely the star of Cute Little Knits (or as many people refer to it – “the book with the monkey”).

Getting my first job with Rowan in 2008 was a dream come true and all thoughts of designing went on the back-burner for a while. But ideas kept bubbling under, and spending all my time with knitters made me even more keen to create a small book of cute little knits.

So in 2011, after changing my role to free up my weekends, I approached the Rowan design team with my book proposal and secured a book deal with Berry and Co, who develop third party books for Rowan.

The process of completing all the designs and knits for the book was quite intense – with just a few months to pull everything together alongside my full time job as a Coats Crafts Territory Manager. My friends at knit group were really supportive while I hibernated to work on the book, and it didn’t take long to shake off the eye twitch I developed from lack of sleep!

Cute Little Knits is still available in yarn shops around the UK, and also from my online shop – but the news that Rowan have sold out, feels like the end of an era! It has opened so many doors for me and I know I wouldn’t be doing what I love now if it wasn’t for this book.

I’m looking forward to the cute little knits coming home to enjoy their retirement and I will always think fondly of my little book with the monkey!


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