With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today.
As a freelance designer, she’s worked with leading ready-to-wear design houses in New York City. Also, top yarn companies commission Melissa to create designs promoting their new and existing yarns each season; her popular patterns and name recognition help them sell yarn.
Leapman is the author of several bestselling knit and crochet books, including Cables Untangled, Mastering Color Knitting, and Knitting the Perfect Fit (all published by Random House). She’s is the author of The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook (Random House/Potter Craft, 2013), a comprehensive knitting stitch dictionary which includes favorite patterns gathered over her more than 25 years in the industry. It’s the go to book for professionals and lay persons alike.
Two crochet books launched in 2016: Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters and Designer Crochet Accessories.
In February of 2017, her largest and most important work to date, 6000+ Pullover Possibilities was released by Soho Books. This title offers interchangeable sweater pieces to allow the reader to knit customized women’s sweaters in nearly any gauge and in nearly every size.
In December of 2018, Storey Publishing is releasing Leapman’s next book, Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles, a fantastic plug and play concept design book.
elissa has been a featured guest on numerous television shows including Knit and Crochet Now on PBS, is the host of several Leisure Arts knitting and crocheting DVDs, and has written many crochet and knit leaflets for Leisure Arts and Annie’s. Additionally, her designs are popular on web-based venues such as Craftsy, Ravelry, and LoveKnitting.com.
In addition, Leapman has launched several Craftsy classes. Sign up to get Melissa’s personal attention as you learn—and master—new techniques!
Nationally, her workshops are popular with crafters of all levels. She teaches at every major knitting and crochet event, including VKLive and the CGOA/TKGA shows, as well as at nearly every TNNA industry trade show for the past twelve years. Additionally, she has appeared at hundreds of yarn shops and local guild events nationally and internationally, working approximately 25 events every year, including one or two knit/crochet cruises.
To keep up with Leapman and her designs, to participate in her knitalongs, and to have a sneak peek into her world, “like” her page on Facebook and join her fan group on Ravelry.com (Melissa Leapman Rocks).