Annika Andrea Wolke
“My mum had shown me how to do the basics a year before I picked up the needles properly’” she explains. “When she showed me the first steps I was sure I was going to knit but then I moved to Oslo for a semester and the yarn and needles disappeared in my bags.
“During my third year of university I found the needles again and tried to remember what my mum had shown me. “It was very much trial and error despite having a flatmate who could knit but she had been taught to knit English whereas I had been shown the Continental way. Eventually though I worked it out and haven’t stopped since!”
Annika wanted to design from the very beginning of discovering her new hobby, but held back initially because she wanted to develop her skills further first.
“It wasn’t until 2016 that I gave it a try. I had told myself for a long time that I need to reach a certain level of knitting experience before I could try to design but when my father died unexpectedly I realised that waiting for an undefined level of experience was pointless. “Concentrating on designing and being creative also helped me deal with the loss and I am very grateful that designing turned out to be something I really love to do.”
Annika originally came to the UK in 2010 to study Politics and International relations, first in Scotland and then in Surrey. Her boyfriend’s PhD studies brought the couple to Yorkshire where they now live in Leeds, a short commute from Brooke’s Mill, the home of Rowan. It was clearly serendipity!
A key member of the Rowan team, Annika works with Senior Designer and Technical Manager Lisa Richardson to coordinate the season’s collections. She also designs regularly for Rowan, and has an eye for modern, graphic styles and geometric stitch patterns.
“I aim to design achievable projects that are fun to knit but fit easily into the busy lives of most knitters,” she explains. “I personally like simple shapes, and textured patterns that are easy to combine with what is already in my wardrobe which is very much reflected in my designs.”
Recently Annika has created an accessory collection in Rowan Cotton Cashmere, and accessory and garment designs in finer yarns, including Rowan Fine Lace and Summerlite 4-ply. She also self-publishes some of her patterns, often using Rowan yarns. When she’s not knitting she loves to read and set herself a target to read 100 books last year!
patterns by yarn
Knit this beautiful Shawl designed by Annika Andrea Wolke in Cotton Cashmere.
Create this easy to Knit Ida, designed by Annika Andrea Wolke using Cotton Cashmere.
knit the Lina Scarf, with the option of 2 or 5 colours.
Knit this beautiful Marike Cowl, designed by Annika Andrea Wolke.
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