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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

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!


About the Author

Carly may or may not be currently knitting a David Beckham. She loves ballet, red velvet cupcakes, and dachshunds.




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

  1. Marco says:

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

  2. Joan says:

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

  3. Connie says:

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

  4. Sue Hunt says:

    No. 6 closely followed by no. 8

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Barbara mcgibben says:

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

  9. emma says:

    Definitely no 4! :)

  10. 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!

  11. Carolyn says:

    I love number 9 would like to knit that myself.

  12. miranda says:

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

  13. Nadia says:

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

  14. Jenny Baldwin says:

    Number 4 for me too

  15. 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.

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