of Britain's leading knitwear designers, her creative
combinations of texture, colour
and styling have been widely influential
over the years. A self-taught knitter, she has been producing
her own unique collections of handknits for more than
twenty-five years, as well as designing for Rowan Yarns and
many international fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren,
Laura Ashley and Benetton. She teaches in the UK and
Europe and is a regular visitor to the US.
Passionate about design, Jean is an ardent maker who has always believed
that good design should be available to all who appreciate
it, not just the few who can afford to buy couture. With
this in mind, she has written many books, the most recent
being Great Little Gifts to Knit to be published by Taunton Press in September 2013.
Jean lives in York and Mid-Wales with
her partner Philip Mercer and two cats. Together they host regular knitters' tours in the UK and abroad, where
participants can knit along with Jean and other star designers in
the relaxed atmosphere of some of the world's most beautiful
cities and gardens. Music is another love
and she enjoys sessions with friends and family whenever and wherever she gets the chance. She firmly believes in vegetarianism, sustainability and the power of love and laughter.