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Scottish knitting: Your guide to the classics with Kate Davies

Scotland has a rich heritage of crafting traditions with functional garments and accessories but with beautiful use of colour, form and motif. Whether you’ve been knitting for years or are just starting out, you’re sure to find something to love in the work of Scottish designer Kate Davies.

Yarn Trader is proud to offer a wide selection of books by Kate Davies, there is a little something for everyone in her collection. With clear instructions and photographed beautifully by her husband, Davies’ books are a joy to read and use.

So why not add a little Scottish flair to your knitting repertoire? Kate Davies books make the perfect addition to any knitter’s library.

Who Is Kate Davies?

Following a stroke at the age of 36 which ended her career as a literary academic Kate began designing digital patterns to support herself. This lead to her creating her own independent publishing company Kate Davies Designs (KDD) 21 publications later as author, editor and designer has seen Kate produce a sustainable business full of creative design.

What You’ll Find in Kate Davies Books

Davies’ books are filled with beautiful patterns and clear instructions. Many of her designs are inspired by traditional Scottish knitting, but she also includes modern takes on classic stitches and motifs. You’ll find a wide variety of projects to choose from, including sweaters, hats, scarves, socks, and more.

She also has publications such as Handywoman and Wheest: Creative Making in Uncertain Times which explore topics such as design, disability and inclusion in creativity.

Why do we love Scottish design?

There are many benefits to making beautiful design in the Scottish tradition. For one, you’ll get to experience the beauty of traditional Scottish design. Their is a connection to the past as these patterns have been passed down for generations, and each one is a work of art. You’ll definitely also get to learn some new techniques, as well as have some stunning items.

With 21 publications to peruse their is definitely something on offer for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter, you’re sure to find something to love in Davies’ work. If you want a bit of everything then have a look at her retrospective 10 Years In The Making, if sweater knitting is your love then check out her Yokes and Inkling, Bluestocking and Milarrochy Heids have you covered from head to toe while the seminal Book of Haps steeps you in the traditions on the Scottish shawl.

How can you get started with Scottish knitting patterns today?

If you’re interested in trying out Scottish design, there are a few things you need to know. First of all, you’ll need the right tools and supplies. You’ll also need some basic knowledge of knitting techniques, and yes Kate has a book for that, Bold Beginner Knits.

With the help of Kate Davies’ books, you can learn how to knit traditional Scottish patterns and add a touch of elegance to your knitting repertoire.

With Kate Davies you are able to learn a whole new range of knitting techniques and explore styles that are unique to the Scottish tradition. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter, there’s always something new to learn from this talented designer. If you’re looking for a resource that can help you get started with patterns in the modern Scottish style, be sure to check out Kate Davies’ books today.

How can I buy Kate Davies Books Online In Australia?

You can purchase Kate Davies books online from Yarn Trader. We offer a wide selection of her books, and we ship throughout Australiaand worldwide. So why not add a little Scottish flair to your knitting repertoire? With the help of Kate Davies, you can create beautiful projects that will last for generations. Yarn Trader is your one-stop shop for all things knitting, and we’re proud to offer books by this talented Scottish designer.

At Yarn Trader we have a huge range of knitting accessories, wool and patterns from all of your favourite brands. So whether you are looking for a new project or just some inspiration, we have everything you need under one roof! Plus, our team of experts are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. So why not take a look today and see what we can do for you?

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