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Favorite Knitwear Designer Readers' Choice Awards

Vote for Your Favorite

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The Readers' Choice Awards for 2012 highlight the best in knitting yarn, needles, favorite books, bloggers and websites. Learn more about the finalists in the Favorite Knitwear Designer Category and vote for your favorite!

You may vote for one selection in each category and may vote once a day between Feb. 22 and March 21. A valid e-mail address or Facebook login is required.

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order; you can vote at the bottom of the page.

Cookie A

Cookie A has been well known as a sock designer since her projects started appearing in the online knitting magazine Knitty several years ago. She published a book with Interweave, Sock Innovation, back in 2009 and in 2010 she self-published Knit. Sock. Love., which was a finalist in the Best Knitting Book category in the 2011 Readers' choice Awards.

Cookie A is known for interesting, challenging and rewarding designs that keep knitters coming back for more.

Jared Flood

Jared Flood is better known online as Brooklyn Tweed, the name of both his blog and his yarn company, which produces a line of American-made wool yarn.

Flood's patterns are as classic as his yarn, often featuring cables, textured stitches and colorwork in streamlined shapes. The Brooklyn Tweed yarn company has produced two pattern collections called Wool People, which feature guest designers, and two collections produced by the BT design team.

Vickie Howell

Vickie Howell is the author or co-author of six books on knitting, crochet and crafting and is the mastermind behind Caron's Sheep(ish) yarn.

Like the yarn, Howell's designs are often a pleasing mix of retro and modern sensibilities with a huge dose of pop culture thrown in. She loves to make relatively simple, quick knitting projects that have great details and use lots of color to add interest. Check out my interview with Vickie Howell for more information, and her Zig-Zag Christmas Stocking pattern designed exclusively for About.com Knitting.

Sandra McIver

Sandra McIver is the fiendishly clever knitter behind Knit, Swirl!, which is itself nominated for best book of 2011.

Her designs are challenging, her projects are big, but the beautiful results are well worth the effort, as anyone who's ever knit a swirl will probably tell you. Read my interview with Sandra McIver for more on the inspiration behind the swirl and how her book came to be.

Kristin Nicholas

Kristin Nicholas is known for her bold use of color and for encouraging the rest of us to use more color and embellishment in our knitting. Her books Color By Kristin and Kristin Knits (among others) teach her techniques for infusing projects with more color and offer tips to help us design with more color.

Read my interview with Kristin Nicholas to learn more about how she got started knitting, her color advice and what it's like living on a sheep farm.

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