Interview and Giveaway: Army of Knitters

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One of our newest and most prolific members is Army of Knitters.

In case you haven’t yet heard of AoK, here’s a short introduction:

Army of Knitters, (also known as AoK), is a fashion-forward range of seasonal knitwear collections using the finest quality knitting yarns and interesting techniques by designer, Heather Dixon. To keep AoK’s designs fresh and exciting, Heather follows future fashion trends closely but is also influenced by art, film, historical and cultural dress from around the world.

Born and bred in Nottingham, England, Heather taught herself to knit at an early age. She designed clothes and accessories for herself, friends and family before graduating with a BA(Hons) Degree in Knitwear Design from The Nottingham Trent University.

Heather worked in the UK and Italy before moving to New York City in 1999, where she designed for indie companies as well as major design houses whilst honing her craft. In 2010 Heather decided it was time to run away to the country where she could turn her hand-knitting obsession into her full-time career and give Army of Knitters all the energy it needed to become a roaring success.

Heather now lives in a converted barn in the Catskill mountains of New York with her actor/artist/chef fella and Lucky, the sweetest dog in the world. Don’t forget to check out Heather’s Army of Knitters blog.

Army of Knitters, (AoK), had a wonderfully successful first year in business and has plans to start producing finished, hand knit garments made to the highest quality. For those who can’t or don’t want to knit from the patterns themselves, garments will be available from select retail channels.

Designer and owner heather Dixon took some time out today to answer a few questions about her life in design:
Me: You caught the Knitting World’s attention right when you came onto the scene, not only because your garments have a very fashion-forward look, but also because of your professional photo-shoots and styling.  You’ve really raised the bar for today’s home-based knitwear designers.  How did all of this come about for you?
AoK: Thank you. I started designing wovens when I was tiny. My Mum is an excellent dress-maker so there were always plenty of scraps of fabric in our house as well as different coloured threads, buttons and trims. I made clothes for my toys then taught myself to knit at around age 5 or 6. I continued to design my own clothes and sweaters through my school years so it was only natural that I go on to university to study fashion. I learnt to knit on machines whilst specializing in knitwear and then made my way to New York City to design for a few different companies before starting my own business last year. Hand knitting is my true passion – I love that I can create not only the silhouette but the fabric for it too. Having a background in fashion means that I know exactly how I want my collections to look. I love to put the stories together with a different mood and styling for each season.


Me: I know of several designers who started out designing hand knits on their own websites or blogs and then decided to go to fashion school. I think it’s really interesting that you’ve gone into designing hand-knits from fashion.  What was it that spurred this decision?  Do you still work in the fashion industry?
AoK: I do still design, on a freelance basis, for a couple of different companies but the bulk of my time is spent designing for Army of Knitters. I have wanted to run my own business since I was a little girl. I could never get the money together to do this until just recently. I worked hard and saved my earnings for a number of years.  I needed to be able to support myself if it didn’t work out but so far everything is running to plan.


Me: This is always a tricky question for me, because there are so may great designers out there, but who are your favorite hand-knitting designers and why?
This is very tricky for me too as I don’t follow many knitting pattern designers. I’m more into high fashion. I do admire Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits. Her designs are just so cute and whimsical, she’s also very beautiful and photogenic which helps her designs look their best.  Susan B. Anderson designs some beautiful toys and accessories that I would love to knit if I had the time. Kate Oates of Tot Toppers has some gorgeous children’s accessories and again, wonderful photography. There are way too many great designers to mention but those who style there items well and present with good photography really catch my eye.
Me: I know that you publish your collections as e-books, any desire to publish in print? What’s next for Army of Knitters?
AoK: Yes. I hope to publish an AoK “Greatest Hits”, a collection of my best sellers so far, maybe next year?

To celebrate becoming a Craftsy member, Army of Knitters is generously giving away one PDF copy of the Pretty Baby collection of knitting patterns, new for summer 2011. (A $42 value!)


To win your FREE copy of the entire Pretty Baby collection from Army of Knitters, register to become a member of Craftsy and comment on today’s post.  We’ll announce the winner next week.

Remember: To win today’s giveaway, you must be a registered Craftsy member.  It’s easy and FREE to join!

 

188 Comments

gyorgyi

AOK & me, it is LOve.
Great patterns, very well written, easy to wear and fit nicely … what else?????????

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Nicole Parker

Just joined craftsy! I LOVE the Pretty Baby Collection and would love to win it!

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Suzy

Such gorgeous designs. I am a dabbler at knitting but seeing such gorgeous things really makes me want to expand my skills in the craft.

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Hand Made Knitwear

I have admired this very talented high fashion knitter for some time now! Love the workmanship and great style! Can’t get enough!

Sheila

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Amy

What a creative take on knitting. Great photos, great idea. I would be so ecstatic to get my hands on a copy of the Pretty Baby collection. From what I’ve heard, I won’t be disappointed!

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Speyegull

Oh wow! These are gorgeous! I hear my knitting needles begging me to try at least one of these, if not all of them!

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Leona

I love these fresh, modern knits….I really need to expand my knitting repertoire. Nice Work!

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Shae Ambler

Absolutely stunning patterns , definitely a great talent xxx

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Sadie McCurry

I love these cute and sassy items…fun for us younger gals!

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Heidi Filipowic

these patterns are beautiful! if i don’t win, i’d like to buy it anyway.

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Maddy Cox

Love these designs! I’m just learning how to knit and am very excited about learning to knit fashion forward designs in scarves, cardi’s, and coats rather than the frumpy same old baby booties and blankets, which there are millions of patterns for! Please bring us new exciting patterns that are “user friendly”!

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Kristi

These are some really pretty designs. Patterns like these really inspire me to knit. I hope that I could be so lucky to win. 😀

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Peter

Amazing design work…. I somehow see a trip to the store for more wool in my future.

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Tina

I love Heather’s patterns. I’ve seen the red and white tank top pm Ravelry and favourited it immediately. Thanks so much for the chance to win the rest of the patterns from the summer collection!

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Linda Rumsey

Gorgeous designs – would love to knit them for my daughter!

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Ursula

what a fantastic review of a female designer using knit patterns. it shows her creativity, her marketing and her ability to make fun fashions that i love to make! here’s hoping to see more of this!
~ursa

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grr

Oh my, each collection from AoK is more stunning than the last. I would do a gleeful dance of glee if I was the lucky winner.

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Sarah K G

These really make knitting sexy and make me want to pick my needles back up in my ‘downtime’. I would LOVE to get these pretty baby patterns!

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Emily

love those designs, been knitting off and on for years, would love some patterns to win!

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Marianna Brough

“Agnes” is very much like the dress I’ve been designing in my head, although I do like the ruffled back. I like it!

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Jamie

It’s all so fresh and up with the times. Makes me want to pick up my needles and start making it all now : )

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WendyWeb

I love this collection! Nice designs!! Would love to win this!!!

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Sandra Tracey

such pretty designs..my daughter would love something (or many things) out of this book, for sure.

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Anne

I just joined Craftsy today and of all the designers that I’ve seen Heather is positively my favorite. Her designs are so unique and sexy . I’m just a beginner in knitting so I can’t wait until my skills improve so I can try out some of her designs. Especially “Rhubarb & Custard” and “Toffee Apple Armlets”. They are just delicious!

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Molly Bringhurst

I absolutely love the AoK designs, and hope to one day, be anywhere near as talented! I too, taught myself to knit years ago, and have AoK to look up to, in so many ways!! These patterns are a true inspiration to any knitter/artist…I can only hope that I am “selected”! :)

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Phyllis Nolan

Love your eye to detail in designing this package of feminine patterns! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift of design!
Namaste

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Becky

Wow I love your beautiful designs! Great photography and model too.

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Donna

Gorgeous! These designs remind me very much of Knit One magazine which I sorely miss. Hopefully I’ve discovered a new source for cutting edge designs. Thanks!

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Raine Lampert

Wow this was very interesting to read and what a talented lady! I thought th the designs were very fresh and now! It is good to see that we have come out of the old norm for knitting! Keep up the great work!

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Jennifer R.

I am envious of AoK’s ability… I only hope to be 1/2 as good as she…one of these days. I LOVE her work & would greatly appreciate being selected to receive “Pretty Baby” =)

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Joanne willoughby

Need these designs! They are gorgeous and I would be honored to make them!

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Queenie

these designs make me a bit more daring in what I would be willing to wear! Really lovely. . . . very inspiring.

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lisa Jones

AoK is so cute…Items my teenage granddaughters would like!

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Safiyah

I badly needed AoK to help me bring sexy back!!
I now have a new favorite designer. Thanks for highlighting her life and work, Crafsty!

Hope I win!

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Chrystal

I am a member and her designs kick ass!!!
Member name: mommafo

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marthamarques

Very feminine designs! I love when knitting and seduction go together.

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Leigh S.

I love these and I know my daughter would too. She might even be happier with one of these instead of a sweater she wants me to knit for her.

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Kuini Te Miha Ryan

kia Ora ,
Good Morning Everyone .
First this is my first time here so love the designs real great.
Like to put the word out there please :
Request for new born baby’s – plus Donation of baby bonnetts , beannies
these are for those in the badly affected are East Side of Christchurch
For more deatails please contact via kinna@maxnet.co.nz
Many thanks Kuini

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Kat K

Lovely take on Victoriana. I especially like the Hattie nightgown. Glad you joined Craftsy.

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Philippa

Oh I am so excited! I meet with a knitting group once a week or so, they are the most beautiful ladies but mostly a little older than me and the things they/we create are usually on the conservative side..but these va va voom! I am 5 months pregnant and have been knitting my little one heaps of cute little things…but now its time for me to start knitting some beautiful summer pieces for when my waist line has returned to normal! I just want to feel sexy again! its been a long time! these patterns would surely help with this…I want to WIN!!!

Thanks for the inspiration

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Yvette Wilson

simply beautiful designs!! Timeless and classic!! i would love to own these patterns!!

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Lee

wow, those knits are perfect for summer. so classic, cool and elegant. I’m looking forward to having fun here on Craftsy.

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Mary Anastasia

Love, Love, Love!! These patterns are absolutely gorgeous and I can already picture many of them fitting into costumes for my burlesque dancing. AoK is most definitely going on my “to watch” list for future exhibits!

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Chickie

I would love to win this collection. Some of those items would be so much fun to make.

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rosie

Those patterns are awesome! I wish if I knit those patterns, I would like the model! Hahaha, seriously, I would love to knit those little tops for my niece.

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robin sellers

love your designs! would love to win your patterns!! thanks for the giveaway.

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Marlice York

Wow!! These designs are exactly what we hand knitters have been looking for! There are great patterns out there, but none capture the fashion and excitement like AoK …… Definitely NOT your grandmother’s knitting!!! Love it!!!

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Silvia Vanessa Lamb

Wow – I have looked through the links at each individual photo of each of the garments shown regarding the pattern give away. These garments are absolutely beautiful. I especially love the way the designer has used specific knitting techniques to mimic the boning and intricate seam work of Victorian era garments!

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stacey

love love love the designs! What an amazing eye for shape and color. congrats on the newfound success! will be watching to see what more you do!

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adrianne

WOW – Just joined Craftsy!! Very interesting site!! After check out this blog – No one will ever think of grandma’s old lady knits again after seeing this!! Everything is SO SEXY!! If only I could get the body to go with these knits!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

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Maria

WOW! These patterns are so pretty and perfect for the summer to boot!

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Khadeeja

Craftsy.com is my happy place….i wish one day i am as skilled and knowledgable as all the knitters i see here…keep doing the awesome work!!!!

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Camille Alfred

I can see the camisole done in lavender or pink and maybe the slip in black. I love the designs.

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Irene

Patterns look like fun to knit and wear, can’t wait to get my hands and needles on them!

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rashie aka grittyknitter

AoK is classy and bad ass. What a beautiful collection!

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Kia

Wonderful designs! I’ve been a crocheter for years. I would love to learn how to knit!

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Linda

Beautiful designs! I love the modern look and fitted garments. Very unique designs.

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KrissyKasko

Lovely designs, really contemporary, can’t even choose which one I would want to make first!

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Melody

I would love to give my needles a chance to work on these patterns! They are so sweet.

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annette stukel

luv this page …i’ve been knitting for yrs…and need some new patterns n designs..

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Nikky

I would love to win these! I just joined Craftsy and I am excited about looking around their site too. :)

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Carole Tutko

Absolutely, positively in love with these patterns. Soooooooo feminine!! Please could I win??
I’ll beg if I have to………pretty please!!

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Gina Davison

I love these patterns! She is so talented!
I just joined Craftsy a week ago and love everything about it…
Gina

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Zoe

AoK Rocks! Her designs are so fresh and beautiful, like her. I would love to try my needles on these lovely designs. Thanks!

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Vicki Pierce

Awesome designs! Makes me want to pull out those knitting needles again!

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Cathy

I really enjoyed looking through the patterns. I would love to get started on some ASAP! Let me know if I win. If not, I’ll have to download! :)

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Pam Conley

I am from NH and am just getting into knitting. I would love to win so I
will have more patterns to try.
Thanks for sharing!

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Judy Philllips

So happy to see such modern styles and beautifully photographed knits!

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Ann Snyder

Very beautiful feminine designs! I can’t wait to try knitting one of them.

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Judy Philllips

I especially like “Violet” but “Agnes” is a hit as well–very creative blending of fibers and techniques.

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Adina

I just fell in love with all the cute patterns created by AoK. I think she has an innovative and inspiring way of designing the very things that make us feel sexy and special!

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Nancy Hood

I am hopeful to someday create more than my usual baby knit hay!! Bravo to your skill and expertise!

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Christine

Love the saucy nature to the designs. Thanks Heather for designs someone would actually covet and be gagging to wear.

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Nancy Hood

Baby knit hats…sorry!! So excited about the contest, that I can’t even spell!

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Marsha Temple

I would love to make the red swimsuit for my daughter. Thank you for the opportunity to win these designs.

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Dawn Canales

These are all beautiful and delicate designs, but I am REALLY digging the Hattie dress!! Please, pick me!! lol

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Antoinette

WOW!!! Patterns that don’t look like you’re grandma made them for you! Luv it!!!!!

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Antoinette

I love these!! Finally patterns that don’t look like granny made it for you!!! Gotta get those needles out!!!

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Samantha Carr

beautiful knits! I want to knit that well. I shall keep up with the video lessons and improve everyday!

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Cheryl Petersen

This is such a coincidence! Strange! I JUST DISCOVERED the Army of Knitters designs and immediately fell in love with ALL OF THEM! I am trying to afford every pattern. I intend on making one large order for all of them and if I won this one, it’d be one less I’ll have to purchase! Seriously, each one is “my style” and can’t decide which one to get first so I’m getting them all! Crossing my fingers to win just one! Beautiful work! Thanx for sharing your work.

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Beth

These are not what I usually looking for in a knitting pattern, but I’m always looking for something new and different to knit.

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CarLee

I’m excited about these patterns!! I became a 1st time Grammy June 26th! It’d be so exciting to win these!!! Looking forward to seeing more on the craftsy site! Have a good daisy, all! :))

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Samantha Edwards

I love these patterns!!! Gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing because I had not heard of the Army of Knitters. I am so happy to be a member of Craftsy!!!

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Elva Syvertson

Great patterns, would definitely like these for my daughter :)

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Ravenous Rowie

beautiful designs! It’s so great to see current fashions available to younger knitters. Inspiring!

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Gail Zemper

it’s great to have a site that is more than just sweaters ans scarves! Great job – Thank you!

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shrympe strong

Wow! Another designer I will be added on to “Watch & Do” List! I can see one of my daughters in these outfits already.

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jani brattin

Love the Pretty Baby collection!! When I began knitting 20 years ago, the patterns they had were drab. I stopped knitting after 5 years and just picked it back up again. It’s unbelievableto me the quality of yarns and patterns today. You can actually whip something up and WEAR It and look fabulous. Thank you for making these patterns!!

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Maike

Hi, I joined last week and started with the first lesson of Knit Lab….:-)

I would love to win such a pattern :-)

Greetings from germany
Maike

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Katie

These designs are absolutely gorgeous! They look like they could fit into the wardrobe of anyone and look just as natural at a formal occasion or on the beach. I could see wearing one of these designs with a pair of flats to go visit the daily market in the center of town to get fresh fruits, veggies, and bread, or even on my upcoming trips to Paris and Greece.

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Ashley

Wow! I love these designs! Very beautiful & great photos capturing the feel of the garments..

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Jo Brown

What a fantastic ambassador for knitting ! Great for knitting to be seen as fashion forward and modern. No need to just knit blankets and scarves when you can be inspired to knit hip summer tops, and gorgeous dresses .
I get such a kick out of strangers walking up to me in the supermarket or at the airport , complimenting me and asking which store I got my one of a kind hand knits from :-)
I would LOVE a copy of these patterns – my tall willowy teenage neices would look so good in these designs !

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Linda Davidson

Aok designs are brilliant! I can’t wait to start knitting my first… and second… third…..

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Cassandra

I love all of her patterns – they are gorgeous and I would love to knit some for my daughter! – thanks for having a give away – its a lovely idea!

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Reebo95

I am REALLY loving that nautical tank… that may be next for my needles…

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Beth Parrott

It’s not my grandmother’s knitting any more. Not for me, but will be fun to knit for my daughter and granddaughter.

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Andrea in TN

I think you have a wonderful future in designing—LOVE what you are doing

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Sandy

These are fantastic designs. I just saw them for the first time while browsing here at Craftsy. I’d be honored to be a winner!

Thank you

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gradschoolknitter

would love to try this out! I’ve been coveting her patterns for a while now!

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Kt

Just signed up on craftsy.com & I got to tell ya AoK has great photos of very interesting patterns.
How dramatic & sexy, makes you want to get those sticks a moving!

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Kimberly

Am new to the Craftsy world. This collection is so cute and quite detailed. Something fun to knit and wear! Nice to find a new designer too. Sure hope I win!

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Kimberly

Am new to the Craftsy world. This collection is so a cute and quite detailed. Looks like fun to both knit and wear. Love finding good designers. Great stuff. Hoping to win!

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Helena Alves

Hi, I have just joined craftsy and that’s why I met you. I’m learning on knitting, so winning this would be a BIG help! LOVE to all from Portugal!!!!

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Cheryl Dawley

This lady is truly inspirational – as are her designs. What s great story. I started designing earloy for my barbies, too. What have I done with my life?!? lol

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Sara

Yay!! I just signed up today! So excited to look around and get to know everyone. The give-aways are an added bonus. Thanks.

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Lisa

I have been crocheting for 2 years and have just learned how to knit. These projects are beautiful and I can’t wait to learn more about knitting and start my first knit project!

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M

These are such great patterns! Breezy, nautical, sexy…what’s not to like?

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Jennie

Really lovely the knitting designs. Absolutely gorgeous but also simple.
Can’t wait to get hold of some of your patterns! Have a lot of friends having babies soon and I know they will love these.

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Ellen

I’m not brave enough to wear them as lingerie, but could definitely make and wear several with something underneath!

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Ida

I just heard about Craftsy from Knitting Daily and joined. I enjoyed viewing the gallery of projects and decided to click on Blogs. I love the Rhubarb and Custard design.

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Ruth

Beautiful. My daughter is getting maried. This would be perfect for her. Fits her personality to a T. Looks like fun to knit and she is a knitter also, so she would appreciate the design and quality of such a hand made gift. (From her mom, that is)

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Erin T.

I just joined today, and WOW! I’m amazed at all the talent and inspiration this site has to offer. As for the AoK patterns, winning them would cause me to put down my crochet hook and pick up my knitting needles again for the first time in ages — absolutely gorgeous! :)

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Dolores

Just got back into crocheting, have a touch of arthritis and it really is exercise for my fingers and their mobility… love your work, the Blog, and Craftsy.com. Will look forward to your work in the future. Am sure the copy is already “gone” bye-bye to a lucky earlier commenter.
Thanks for the “look” into your designs, just lovely…

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Dolores

oops… I do a bit of knitting, too…. since that is more your focus… again, thanks for the lovely viewing…

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Lisa

So beautiful!!! I just signed up for a knitting course. Been crocheting forever but have always been intimidated by knitting.

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