Claudia Hulshof

How it started

When I needed peace in my life, especially in my head, I started knitting. After a few shawls, I was ready for colourwork. I made a shawl according to a bought pattern and thought: hey, those motifs, I can also make them up myself. Pretty soon after that, I got the spirit.

Now my head is full again. This time with designs and colour combinations I like to create and write down. Once that's done, I add information about it to this website. After that, I add a pdf of the pattern to Ravelry and to Etsy, where you can buy a copy, if you like to. The difference with before is that this work gives me a lot of satisfaction, space and relaxation. I feel at home in it.

Why..

Why the name Knitted Nature Designs? Because nature comes first, when it comes to beauty.

And why modern colourwork? Because I like to create layers of colours and motifs that overlap, rather than horizontal bands of two colours, like in traditional Fair Isle colourwork.

Who I am

My name is Claudia Hulshof and I live in Ede, the Netherlands, with my partner and dog. I also worked as a personal stylist, and published a book (in Dutch) on clothing style called 'Signals' (signalen).

Collaborations

Last but not least, I love working together with Pepe Veugelers, whose talent for and expierence with maths and Excel has provided me with the insights and practical excel sheets I needed as a knitwear designer. We worked together intensively for more than 9 months to understand the mathematics of knitting and grading. I am very happy with how this learning process turned out so far.

The photo of me was taken by Annemarie Paalvast.