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Jacquie Joyce - Plymouth- machine knitting, dressmaking (fashion design/production)
I am a machine knitter with over 10 years experience and have had my own business since 1998. I have a Brother Standard Gauge 965i electronic and a Brother Chunky Gauge Punchcard machine. I also now take on knitwear designs/production using the garter carriage. I will consider all types of knitting except intarsia. I will also design and/or knit one off's for people who are looking for something a bit different or who have difficulty finding knitwear to fit them.
I now also undertake dressmaking. I design and /or produce fashion garments for adults and children. I also do certain types of machine embroidery and alterations
My contact e-mail is jacquiesknittingcreations@hotmail.com and I am based in
Plymouth, but am happy to do a mailorder service

Jean Munro - Staffordshire - machine knitting
I have almost 20 years knitting experience. During the last 10 or so I have done varied outwork, from 'Mother of the Bride' one-offs to small runs of Gansey style sweaters, berets and gloves! I enjoy designing and altering patterns, and 'knit to fit'. I have a Brother electronic 950i + ribber and garter carriage and a Brother 260 + ribber. I make up by hand, or using a Hague linker, as required. I also crochet and hand knit. I will consider, and have experience in, all types of knitting, although I prefer not to do intarsia.My e-mail address is jeni.wren@yahoo.co.uk

Diane Street - Bournemouth - machine knitting
I own a brother 940 standard gauge machine and I'm an experienced machine and hand knitter. I will consider all types of design&knitting and will accept commissions. I can be contacted at di@dianes-world-web-designs.co.uk

Primara Knits (Pat and Maralyn) - Lancashire area - machine knitting
We are a group of machine knitters in the Lancashire area with Brother/Knitmaster machines. We have many years experience knitting ladies and mens knitwear, and beautiful children's and babies knitwear. Will do one offs and short runs. Please contact us on pat.rowlands@blueyonder.co.uk

Angela Henderson - Northumberland - machine knitting
I am a keen machine knitter looking for work within the UK on a mail order basis.
I have a Brother standard gauge 950i electronic, with ribber, colour changer and use Designaknit 6. I also have a Brother Chunky 260 with ribber and intarsia carriage. I sew garments up using a Hague linker. You can contact me at: hatknits@hotmail.com

updated 7th April 2016

 

Rita Taylor - Norfolk - hand knitting, crochet
I'm a hand knitter, crocheter, designer. Experienced in all aspects of knitting but I have special interests in adapting/designing traditional patterns and knitting arans, fair isles, shetland lace, etc. and in making 30s/40s/50s knitwear suitable for period dramas/films. My web page is: www.heritagehandknits.co.uk, e mail: k2togp1@btinternet.com. tel: 01263 587507

Sue Wright - The Isle of Wight - hand knitting
I am a hand knitter and designer. I will be happy to take commissioned work and specialise in nautical sweaters, arans and guernsey styles, waistcoats and tunics using different techniques to give form, texture and colour. I hand-make many accessories i.e. buttons, cushions, bags, hats and so on. I design my own range of knitwear for all the family, and sell my work at local craft outlets here on the Island. My inspiration for many of my designs is taken from the sea and Island life.Please contact me on knitnweave@btinternet.com

Julie Millar and team - Hampshire - hand knitting
Handknitting undertaken by experienced team of professionals whose previous commissions
include sampling and production for Galliano. Any quantity
No email, but please phone Julie on 01256 323233

Susan Smith- West Sussex - hand knitting, pattern checking
I have been designing and producing original hand-knitted garments for 10 years now, from the initial concept to the finished garment. Experienced in all aspects of the craft.
I am happy to accept commissions or I have many of my garments in stock. My designs can also incorporate embriodery as well as crochet to add that extra dimension if required.
Should any designers wish to have their patterns checked and size graded, this can also be undertaken. My email address is kni_edles101@hotmail.com. or 07702 793623

Jill Stone - Southend on Sea in Essex - hand knitting
I am a handknitter with forty years experience.
I knit anything and everything, any size from baby to adult. I will convert any pattern to make a different style, knit with any wool except mohair (it brings on asthma) Although I love doing any sort of pattern, my favourite is aran. I am willing to tackle any project, i.e. finishing off something that someone has come to grief with, knitting for individual customers or production runs for a knitting company. In the past I have knitted for a designer, who used to try out her new ideas on me as she said I'd always manage to get it right even if some of her calculations had to be altered!
Apart from hand knitting I also crochet and can do swiss darning.
My e-mail is jjchalets@jjchalets.co.uk and my phone number is 01702 300536.

Helen Llamas- North-east England - hand knitting, pattern checking crochet
I am a hand knitter with many years experience. I have worked for Sirdar,
Patons, Wendy, Hayfield and several designers including Jamie and Jessie Seaton.
I have done pattern checking and crochet work. I would be available to
undertake any hand knitting projects.
My e-mail address is helenllamas@hotmail.com


Donna Jonas - Devon - hand knitting

Hand knitter with 35 years experience based in Plymouth.  Specialise in Arans and Mohair but any hand knitting requirement met.  I can cater for plus sizes and also offer knitting for pet items.  My contact e-mail is donnajonas@btinternet.com and am happy to do a mail-order service.

Claire Hurley - Queensferry N. Wales - hand knitting
I am a hand knitter and have worked for Edina Ronay of Knightsbridge London. I make clothes for premature babies up to 12months, toddlers, adult. I knit in 2ply 3ply 4ply DK, Aran and chunky. I don't do intarsia or fairisle. Will take commissioned work.
My e-mail address is: freya_uk@hotmail.com Mobile.... 07706 806668

Pam Butterfield - North Yorkshire- hand knitting
I specialise in Arans and baby knits, but will take on any knitting other than fairisle.
My e-mail address is cheekygranny@hotmail.co.uk

Elizabeth Nicholson - East Yorkshire- hand knitting
I knit or crochet anything, and am experienced with all types of pattern
My e-mail address is liznicholson48@hotmail.com

Helen Cox- UK hand knitting
I specialise in miniature knitting in 1:12 and 1:24 scale for the dolls house collector. I am able to knit any miniature design you might require, either from my own patterns or specially designed to your requirements. I can be contacted at sales@bitstobuy.co.uk

Tarina Barnett- West Yorkshire - hand knitting
I am an experienced handknitter, taught by my Nan when I was about 7 years old. I will knit any childrens garments including Aran and Fair Isle, although I prefer to knit very fine traditional lace baby matinee coats and Christening gowns to be kept as heirlooms. Please contact me at: tarina.barnett@btinternet.com Tel: 01132 708701 or Mobile: 07760322424
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Julie Ferguson - Northants - hand knitting
I learnt to knit with my Nan as a very little girl and fifty years later I am still knitting and purling. When my children were small I ran a small business, designing and making french influenced, hand knits for babies and children. Today I am inspired by the wealth of fantastic yarns, which I use to interpret my photographs and sketches, by making shawls and scarves. I usually have some pieces in stock ,every one unique - however I particularly enjoy working to commission - interpreting your ideas and interests to make a one off piece of wearable art.
Email: mrdarceyscottage@btinternet.com, website www.mrdarceyscottage.co.uk

Geraldine Trower - South of England - hand knitting

Hi - my name is Geraldine. I am an experienced hand knitter, at the moment working for
Rowan Yarns in the UK. I check knitting patterns before they go for publication to make sure
every detail works out as it should. I will do pattern-checking work freelance for private individuals or companies and will also knit for people privately in any yarn except Mohair (it brings me out in a rash) and up to 3 or 4 colours-in-a row. trower@lineone.net

Anna Lysenko - London - hand knitting
I am an experienced hand knitter and designer and I specialize in creating new and modern designs in different styles for all ages. I knit everything, any type of pattern, any model and any size from baby to adult.  In particular I have developed a range of knitwear for all the family, including  sweaters, scarfs and socks using different techniques to give form, texture and colour. I am happy to provide a postal service to most places and can be contacted on anika1309@rambler.ru

Miss Fisher - handknitting
I am a very experienced handknitter with expertise in all kinds of handknitting including aran,
and fairisle..  I am happy to take on any kind of handknitting work.. I can be contacted on 01785 850687.

Roula Fountoulaki - Edinburgh - Hand knitter
I have been handknitting since I was a child.  My favorite is lace knitting, but I work with simple patterns too.  I specialise in scarves, scarflettes and neckpieces for all seasons.  I also design and some of the patterns I use are my own.  I am based in Edinburgh and can be contacted at: arhea-olympia@hotmail.com

Patricia Cooper - Lichfield, staffordshire - Hand knitter - Crocheter
I knit and crochet, pattern check and write patterns. I have been knitting for over 40 years can do any design and can take on any commission. I have knitted for many designers and companies in the past and don't mind how small or large an item is required. Contact me on cooperws13@gmail.com

Lisa WIlliamson - Coventry - Hand knitter
I am a very experienced hand knitter, with particular skills in cable patterns, intarsia, knitting in the round, and much more. I am happy to knit with any wool and from any pattern. Together with my Mother, we take commissions to knit up patterns for all sort of items, including baby clothes, blankets, toys, adult clothing, home accessories and much more. My website is www.handknittingbymumandme.com. Contact me on mumandmeknits@live.co.uk

Paulette Burgess - Leigh, Lancashire - Hand knitter
I am a hand knitter with over thirty year’s experience. I have worked with student designers and knitted their collections up over the years. I have hand knitted for a variety of clients. I am happy to accept commissions. I have knitted a wide variety of garments in different yarns, and willing to give any ideas a go. I have knitted Arans, Guernseys/ganseys, fairisle and lace and can adapt and design patterns. Contact me on magicmunckin@blueyonder.co.uk

Mhairi SInclair - Hand knitter
I have been handknitting for over 50 years, and recently worked for designers, including work which has been photographed for publications. I am familiar with many techniques. I have knitted items for babies, children and adults, particularly enjoy lace work and cable, and enjoy a challenge. Contact me on mhairi_sinclair@btopenworld.com.

updated 9th August 2013

 

 



Linda Jackson - Devon
I am a freelance designer of charted textile (fabric)designs for stitch-based media - knitting, rugmaking, needlepoint etc. You can see some of my published designs on this website! I can also draw up stitching or knitting grids from drawings etc. My commissions include designs for traditional fairisle and contemporary designs for knitwear, National Trust needlework projects, and designs for rugs.
Customers also contact me sometimes to provide a hand or machine knitting pattern for an existing garment (copyright permitting). Contact me by email.

Diane Street - Bournemouth

I can convert simple drawings into a knit chart as I use a computer program Designaknit, as well as design from scratch. Check out some of my designs on my web page www.dianes-world-web-designs.co.uk. I can be contacted at di@dianes-world-web-designs.co.uk

Helen Cox- UK

I specialise in designing miniature knitting patterns in 1:12 and 1:24 scale for the dolls house collector. My patterns are easy to knit in readily available materials. I also offer a design service to your requirements; for example I recently designed a range of 1:12 scale outfits for a customer who was setting up a dolls house fancy dress shop. My website is www.bitstobuy.co.uk.
I can be contacted at sales@bitstobuy.co.uk

Sian Brown - Hastings, East Sussex
Freelance designer handknits, machine knits. Commercial experience working for companies supplying major retailers, magazine commissions, design work to promote yarn. Offering design, specs, technical information, try out swatches, sample garments, patterns written by proffessional pattern writer. One off commissions taken. Team of experienced handknitters also able to do crochet, embroidery on knit. garments, accessories. sianbrown@btinternet.com tel 01424 420591.

Rita Taylor - Norfolk
I am a freelance designer working on one-off commissions.  I will write complete patterns or charts for Fair Isle and Intarsia as well as sketches/swatches and finished items of all kinds, including crochet.  I have been designing for several publishing companies and have two published books on knitting and crochet techniques.
I can be contacted at k2togp1@btinternet.com or by telephone 01263 587507

 

Gillian Rowe- Northern Ireland - hand knitting, pattern checking
I have been hand knitting for 17 years. I can work with any yarn, and I have a lot of work for baby items. I also knit Aran. I can supply anywhere and do accept commissions. I can be contacted on my home email address gillianrowe1@aol.com. Should designers wish to have their patterns checked, I would be more than happy to do this also.

Susan Smith- West Sussex - hand knitting, pattern checking
I have been designing and producing original hand-knitted garments for 10 years now, from the initial concept to the finished garment. Experienced in all aspects of the craft.
I am happy to accept commissions or I have many of my garments in stock. My designs can also incorporate embriodery as well as crochet to add that extra dimension if required.
Should any designers wish to have their patterns checked and size graded, this can also be undertaken. My email address is kni_edles101@hotmail.com. or 07867 977175

Helen Llamas- North-east England - hand knitting, pattern checking crochet
I am a hand knitter with many years experience. I have worked for Sirdar,
Patons, Wendy, Hayfield and several designers including Jamie and Jessie Seaton.
I have done pattern checking and crochet work. I would be available to
undertake any hand knitting projects.
My e-mail address is helenllamas@hotmail.com

James Stewart - St. Andrews, Scotland
(May 2012) 'Nanas Knit It' is a new small start-up company based in Scotland, near St. Andrews, we are planning to launch online in August/September 2012 and are currently looking for a team of experienced hand knitters around Britain who can work with us to make the quality knitwear.  We will also produce our own small selection of specific traditional and modern something-different hand/machine knitted items which will include aran jumpers, 2ply hand/machine knitted lambswool jumpers with a yolk or simple pattern, hand knitted baby knitwear (matinee coats and blankets/shawls) and crocheted blankets - or if you have any quirky ideas or knitwear styles of your own that you specialise in, then let us know.  Our online website - Nanas Knit It - will also advertise, for sale, a variety of unique something-different quality knitwear on behalf of British knitters and exisiting and up-and-coming British Designers.
 
Therefore I am looking for a team of reliable hand knitters and some machine knitters of 2ply knitwear around Britain who can fulfil orders made through our website as well as knitters who would like to sell their unique knitwear via Nanas Knit It. Orders will need to be completed within approximately 7 days and then posted to myself for dispatch.  So, if you are a knitter of modern something-different fashionable knitwear items who would like to advertise/sell them via Nanas Knit It, then please get in touch with photos if possible of some of your fashionable something-different knitwear.
 
 Contact James Stewart at - NanasKnitIt@Live.co.uk

Orkney Angora
From time to time we need reliable machine knitters mainly for plain knitting of gloves, socks etc. Occasional punch card work with baby clothes. Hand finishing an advantage but not essential.
Email williamsichel@orkneyangora.co.uk website: www.orkneyangora.co.uk or write or phone:
William Sichel
Orkney Angora
Sanday, Orkney, UK
KW17 2AZ
Tel/Fax 01857 600421


Nicki Trench, Rooster Yarns
We are a new yarn company and we need pattern checker/writers as well as people who can handknit and crochet. If you can write a pattern from a drawing then we'll be delighted to talk to you! Please contact us on 01435 884010 or info@roosteryarns.com (www.roosteryarns.com)

Babs Osborn - Maidstone Kent
We are always looking for hand and machine knitters and designers as I specialise in pattern writing and organising production for several designers. At present I have a team of knitters both hand and machine, and a list of 50-60 hand knitters seeking work.
Contact me on: OsbornBabsborn@aol.com

Nicola Walters - Kent area
I run a small knitwear company and need machine knitters, hand knitters,
linkers, and people who can crochet. I am also available to take on more
work from designers
Contact me on: islandknitwear@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 

Knitting machinery etc. for sale:

Brother 965 Electoknit knitting machine complete with ribber and KG95 garter carriage all in good working order. 
Price £650.00
Please contact Mrs Maureen Axworthy on 01392 832072 (Exeter). 
Buyer will need to collect. Posted 8th August 2013


Brother KH891 standard gauge knitting machine with lace carriage and built in knit leader - £75.00
Brother KR850 standard gauge ribber - £30.00
Brother KH260 chunky knitting machine with ribber (KR260) - £40.00
Marion Nelson basic sweater pattern cards for 2ply, 3 ply, 4ply and double knitting - £5.00+ P&P
Marion Nelson sideways chunky sweater patterns - £5.00 +P&P
Marion Nelson chunky sets 1,2 and 3 - £5.00+ P&P

The knitting machines can either be picked up or I can arrange a courier delivery for an additional cost.
Please E mail on jacquiesknittingcreations@hotmail.com for further details
. (Posted 13/2/09)

Fleeces for sale to handspinners:
Debbie Marke - North Yorks.
I have a conservation farm and keep shetland sheep to improve the pastures by the specific way that they graze. High Gill Beck is a conservation farm surounded by forest and nestles in a most delightful dale. We are 20 minutes away from Whitby on the North Yorks coast. Shetland sheep are bred specifically for their soft fine fleece. Most of them are Moorit, which is a rich red/brown colourand a few white fleece that dyes beautifully with natural plant dyes.
The fleece are avilable for hanspinners and felters. No chemicals are ever used on the sheep, just tea tree oil and homeopathic remedies.
Please tel/fax 01947 897608 or email debbie_marke@yahoo.co.uk