My name is Adel Kay and I started designing knitting and crochet patterns after gaining a First-Class BA (Hons) Business Management Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. I have just passed the level 3 City and Guilds 7716-16 certificate in Design and Craft - Constructed Textiles [Hand Knit Textiles] in August 2016. Here I am above wearing one of my favourite designs - the 'Fay' Beanie hat. You will find this knitting pattern for sale on my 'Buy Patterns from me!' page above.
Designing Knitting Patterns
Since I started designing, my creations have developed in to a range of knitting and crochet patterns. You will find all my patterns for sale on this website using the 'Buy Patterns from me!' link above or using the 'Shop with me Other Ways' link where you will find links to my Ravelry, Love Knitting, Etsy and eBay Stores.
I am available to teach knitting in Schools and Craft / Knitting establishments. See my 'Knitting Workshops'.
Previous exhibitions of my hand knitted textile works include:
Gallery Oldham - Open Biennial Exhibition 2013
Knit Design Experience
2010-present Knit designer - Knitwear design and pattern writing experience of hats for babies, children and adults, hand warmers, shawls, scarves, toys, bags, tea cosies, mobiles covers, i-pad covers, mug cosies, cushion covers, book covers, cowls, blankets, hot water bottle covers, headbands, coasters, corsages, tissue box covers, door stops and draught excluders.
2012-2013 Author of children's knitting book - Craft Smart Knitting - 12 Terrific knitting projects for you to try! (Part of the Craft Smart Series by QED ISBN-10: 1781711003 ISBN-13: 978-1781711002 http://adel-kay-knitdesigner.webs.com/buypatternsfromme.htm.
Honours and Awards
2011-2016 City and guilds 7716-16 Certificate in Design and Craft Constructed Textiles [Hand Knit Textiles] [Level 3].
2007-2008 First-Class BA (Honours) in Business Management [
2006-2007 Certificate in Education, Teaching in FE [
2004-2005 Edexcel Assessor Award, Assessing candidates using a range of methods [
1999-2000 City and Guilds FAE Teaching Certificate Stage I and II, Teaching in FE [
1991-1993 BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business and Supervisory Management - 13 Distinction and 8 Merit Awards [
2016 Darnhill Festival - Commission from Cartwheel Arts, Heywood, Rochdale to produce artist led workshops with Chrysalis Respite Group, Darnhill to work with people with learning difficulties. Also to run a Hand Knitted Textile 'Make and Take' workshop for children and adults to knit egg cosies, purses and corsages.
2014 Darnhill Festival - Commission from Cartwheel Arts, Heywood, Rochdale to run a Hand Knitted Textile 'Make and Take' workshop for children and adults. Amongst the attendees were children as young as five, teenagers, adults and the elderly. I taught many visitors how to knit for the first time including how to knit pretty bracelets, necklaces, purses and corsages. Small children both girls and boys also learned how to use a French Knitting Dolly.
2013 Darnhill Festival - Commission from Cartwheel Arts, Heywood, Rochdale to run Art workshops for Girl Guide Groups with Secondary School age children in association with St Margaret's Primary School in Heywood, Rochdale to create a Dreams and Aspirations themed banner for children and people in the community to carry around the annual Darnhill Festival Procession. I also ran workshops throughout the Festival day for families to create dream themed carnival eye masks.
2012 Darnhill Festival - Commission from Cartwheel Arts, Heywood, Rochdale to run Art workshops for Secondary School age children in association with
2006 Rochdale annual Mega Mela – Commission from Multi Asian Arts Centre (MAAC), for children's Arts Workshops in Rochdale in association with Brimrod
2005 Rochdale annual Mega Mela – Commission from Multi Asian Arts Centre (MAAC), for children's Arts Workshops in Rochdale in association with
2005 Gracie Fields Theatre - Commission in association with