Hand-knitted Fair Isle style scarf with a allover diced pattern featuring six differet motifs worked in oranges and red-browns on a deep brown background.

Hi! I’m Nicki Merrall, the designer and tutor at Being Knitterly. I want to inspire you to be happy, confident knitters and crocheters through well-knitting and knitting well.

In the beginning

As a child, I made everything and anything.  I learnt to do all types of embroidery and crochet, but no matter how hard I tried and no matter who attempted to teach me, I couldn’t learn to knit. In my late teens, I decided that there was no reason why I shouldn’t be able to knit. I borrowed a book from our local library; I read “left-handed people should try …”. Eureka! I’m left-handed, and that is how I learnt to knit.

What I did next

I became a biochemist then a teacher. In my spare time I crocheted, knitted and stitched; I attended workshops, joined a creative knitting group and began designing. I wanted to spend even more time being creative, so I went to Nottingham Trent University and completed a short course in Fashion Knitwear Design followed by an MA in Fashion and Textiles. Now I share my passion for knitting and crochet with others through Being Knitterly.


I have a vision of a world in which knitting and crocheting are widely used as tools to improve well-being. In my Being Knitterly therapeutic textile sessions I’ll inspire you to try something new, teach you techniques and help with your projects. You’ll benefit from learning, making and creating in a relaxing, social environment.

Knitting well

I want to help you to be confident knitters and crocheters able to produce items of which you’ll be proud. In my Being Knitterly workshops I’ll teach you knit and crochet techniques which you’ll practise whilst making a small project. Whether you work left- or right-handed, I’ll also help you to knit and crochet more easily, ergonomically and quickly. I’ll help you to adjust your style of knitting and crochet, or teach you a new style if necessary. My Being Knitterly patterns also include tips on producing items with a great finish. Where appropriate each design is published with instructions written for knitters who knit right-handed (stitches move from left to right needle) and left-handed (stitches move from right to left needle).

Please sign up for the Being Knitterly newsletter to keep up-to-date with new pattern releases, workshops and other events.

You can read about my adventures in design, knitting & crocheting and well-being on the Being Knitterly blog, look at my pattern portfolio on Ravelry, see what inspires me on Pinterest or follow me on InstagramTwitter (@BeingKnitterly) and Facebook.

If you have any queries please contact me via the Being Knitterly website.

Alternatively, you can join the Being Knitterly group on Ravelry, where you can post questions about my patterns and seek help from other knitters.

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