Colourwork Knits

The artist and designer Dee Hardwicke finds endless inspiration in the natural world and is renowned for her beautiful ceramics, stationery and knits. Now Dee’s latest book, Colourwork Knits, features her first knitwear collection, with stunning designs inspired by nature.

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Published by Quail Studio.

Knitted with Rowan yarns.

Photography by Jesse Wild.

A Story in Yarn
Many of the people who attend my workshops start out by thinking that unless you’re an artist or you understand the complexities of colour theory you can’t create a successful original design. It’s lovely to see their confidence blossom when I reassure them that, as knitters, they’re already creative. All they need is some inspiration and a little guidance to help them develop their own designs and to realise their creative potential. I hope A Story in Yarn will inspire you to create your own beautiful motifs based on your favourite plants and flowers. As you journey through the book and walk through the seasons with me, knitting as you go, I hope you’ll gain the confidence and techniques needed to create your very own intarsia heirloom quilt to pass down through the generations.
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Dee Hardwicke's Little Colour Knits

As an artist I am always exploring new designs and my inspiration comes from the natural landscape. My studio is in the historic market town of Monmouth, where I am surrounded by the beauty of the Welsh Marches. I am inspired by leaves, flowers, seedlings... all these things are around me and attract me in different ways at different times of the year.


In some seasons it is the pure colour that catches my attention: vibrant reds, glinting golds or earthy browns in autumn, or the fresh greens, sharp blues and citrus yellows of spring. At other times, it is the stark outline of shape and form.


I have always had a love for yarns, and having knitted with Rowan yarns and patterns it wasn’t long before I began to wonder what would happen when my motifs were translated in knitted form.


With the help of Georgina Park, whose knit and design experience made her the perfect partner, we began to develop my initial charts into patterns and explore which of my other motifs could be translated into stitch. Rowan yarns, with their great range of colours, seemed another perfect partner.


Website by Noah Hardwicke





All designs © Dee Hardwicke