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Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Carly

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Britain’s Next Top Knitwear Designer – the top 10 finalists

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We’ve very pleased to announce the top 10 finalists in our Britain’s Next Top Knitwear Designer competition!

We were so amazed by the fantastic knitting talent, it was a real challenge to pick the 10 best designs. The entries we saw were so diverse – from soon-to-be textiles graduates to new knitters who only picked up the needles a few months ago.

We saw new shapes we’ve never seen in knitting and classic pieces reimagined in a new way. Thank you to everyone who entered – we hope you will continue knitting and designing patterns because you’re a very talented bunch!

We recently invited our judges Debbie Bliss, Emma Kasyan, Kate Carter, Perri Lewis, Stefanie Rycraft-Jones, and our very own Edward Griffith to LoveKnitting HQ to pick the winner.

We had a great day and our judges engaged in many interesting debates, but we’re not allowed to reveal the winner just yet…! For now, take a look at our top 10 finalists (in alphabetical order below)… Drum roll please…

Update: Just can’t take the anticipation? Click here to see who won!

1. Alison Mason

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

2. Elmina Fors

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

3. Emma Wright

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

4. Freya Midgley

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

5. Jowie Lai

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

6. Julie Ferguson

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

7. Laurie Bessems

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

8. Nilza Pereira

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

9. Sally Hiscock
Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

10. Whitney Ivey

Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer - The Top 10 Finalists

Which design is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Carly just can't decide what to knit next! She loves ballet, red velvet cupcakes, and dachshunds.




51 Responses to Britain’s Next Top Knitwear Designer – the top 10 finalists

  1. Lynne Thomson says:

    I love number 7 (Laurie Bessems) – it hit all the right buttons! Some of the other designs try that bit too hard to be complex without showing any real style.

  2. Silvia says:

    Both 3 and 4 are my style. But Freya Midgley (4) is my favourite

  3. Lorna says:

    Freya Midgely stands out from the rest, in a class of her own. Stylish and wearable yet innovative design.

    • Thank you so much. Almost made me cry. This is the first pattern I have ever designed or written up. Comments like this are really encouraging me to get on with the next one.

      Thanks you. x

  4. Maggie Pospisil says:

    Maybe because it’s the middle of winter here in Australia my favourite is No 7 Laurie Bessems. It looks so soft and cuddly warm. Gorgeous yarn and colours!

  5. Bee King says:

    Number 4 is my favourite it is stunning, would live to have a pattern to make this :)

  6. Love Freya’s design as it could be worn by any age of person and is a flattering shape.

  7. gillian thurley says:

    2,3 & 5, but absolute fav is No 8 Laurie Bessems. Wouldn’t Autumn and winter be fab with this :)

  8. It is so hard to chose.

    I love the colour-work and shape in 2 by Elmina Fors. I think I would really enjoy watching these patterns develop on the needles.
    I’d love to know how the sleeves and textural body on 3 by Emma Wright, are achieved.
    Both 7 by Laurie Bessems and 5 by Jowie Lai look so squishy and wonderfully snug, I want to be wrapped up in one of them soon.

  9. Sarah Brunning says:

    I just love number 3. What a great, fun design it is. Would defiently wear and would love to make :)

  10. Rosemary says:

    No 6 Julie ferguson very chic for a teenager

  11. Ria McCormack says:

    I love the simple elegance of #9

  12. Alison Smith says:

    No. 4, Freya Midgely’s work is gorgeous, stylish and totallu wearable. I’d buy it and wear it with delight. Zhe’s got major talent, imo.

  13. Pauline Beddoes says:

    Freya’s design. No. 4. It’s streets ahead of the others.

  14. #9 which can be worn by many age groups. It’s lovely. #8 is second, but only for the petite person. Love the lace of #1 and the complexity of #2 and 5. #6 is good if the opening is closed to the navel (I am older) and #10 is pretty for a younger person. Not to take away from #3 and 4, they are well done, just not to my personal taste. Couldn’t make out #7 from the photos. Could be my vision–might have to see this one in real life to make it out.

  15. Liz McDonald says:

    LAurie Bessems looks good, but the one that is pressing all the right buttons for me is Jowie Lai. Fascinating use of aran knitting.

  16. Nina Carras says:

    2, 3 and 5

  17. carolee ann says:

    i love the Julie Ferguson design.

  18. Bridget says:

    6 and 8

  19. Gemma Jones says:

    loving 10, 9, 8 and 2 – so clever & pretty :)

  20. Susan prendergast says:

    Like numbers 6 and 9

  21. Pat scoledge says:

    I love numbers 6,8,and 9 the style is so cute and I would wear

  22. Angela Corbett says:

    I love the Julie Ferguson design, so pretty.

  23. Marian Anear says:

    Love No. 4

  24. Patricia says:

    I love number 6 and 9 and the colours of number 7

  25. Becky says:

    I like # 8 &9 best.

  26. Miki Bennett says:

    I love the Julie Ferguson design (6) as it’s very pretty, wearable and stylish.

  27. Barbara Long says:

    I like 4 (fascinating), 6 (fun), and 8 (so pretty). They make me want to knit them.

  28. Sharni Wimbridge says:

    3,4,6,8 and 9

  29. Deirdre Godfray says:

    Torn between 1, 4 & 9.

  30. mrs d allwright says:

    no 6 and no 8 are beautiful no 5 is hideous and looks totally shapeless

  31. Marco says:

    4 stands out for me from a design point of view but the colour (though elegant) is too dull for my taste.

  32. Joan says:

    1st choice is # 9
    2nd is # 6
    3rd is # 8

  33. Connie says:

    Number 8 is my favourite. Love the neckline detail! If I had a second choice, it would definitely be number 6.

  34. Sue Hunt says:

    No. 6 closely followed by no. 8

  35. My pattern number 4, is available to purchase through my Ravelery store.
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/asymmetric-tunic

  36. Nilza Pereira says:

    I want to thank loveknitting for chosing my pattern as one of the finalists – there were many beautiful designs and a lot if hard work that went into each garment I’m sure.
    Well done Emma for winning.
    For all the kind words people said about my design I thank you all. I know everyone is busy but some stopped long enough to support me and the other designers as well. Thanks.
    My pattern is finally up to buy on Craftsy.com
    http://www.craftsy.com/user/647803/pattern-store
    Best wishes and happy knitting – Nilza

  37. Sandy Osborne says:

    I do like #6 as a design, but I think it could be one of those stick-figures only type designs. I could never wear it personally. I think #10 has a more universal appeal, though I would prefer a slightly less flared variation.

  38. Barbara mcgibben says:

    No.4. Is a clear winner,in my eyes.The asymmetrical look is spot on and it flatters beautifully.

  39. emma says:

    Definitely no 4! :)

  40. Vicki B says:

    Loving numbers 6 and 8. I would do the bottom solid, without the opening on #6 and as for #8, wouldn’t change a thing. So cute!

  41. Carolyn says:

    I love number 9 would like to knit that myself.

  42. miranda says:

    No 3 for me – love it! So cute and the back is really surprising.

  43. Nadia says:

    No. 4 is the best by far. Wearable, interesting construction, individual.

  44. Jenny Baldwin says:

    Number 4 for me too

  45. Sophy Lewis says:

    #4 – As is, an interesting top; if lengthened, a classic dress, especially in darkest grey. I would make both sleeves cap style, however, but that is merely my personal preference.

    In second place – #9. It is a style women of any age could wear, and its character could be changed by using less contrasting yarn and/or beads.

    Everything else is unwearable.

  46. Carol ryan says:

    What is this? A contest to see who can make the most ridiculous knitted item? None of these are stylish and most border on ridiculous. Best one? None. Start over.

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