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Oct 23, 2015

by Nina Fuehrer

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My name is Nina Fuehrer, and I’m a knitwear designer. I live in the Netherlands.

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I was born and raised in Germany, within walking distance from the point where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. I studied design at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and when I completed my studies I worked as a tailor. After having two kids, I started designing my own collection of skirts and dresses made from military tents. I sold a lot at fairs, and taught tailoring and pattern construction on the side.

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It wasn’t until I purchased my first home knitting machine — an old Brother — that I started designing knitwear. It took some practice to learn how to use the machine and spare parts were hard to come by, but it was exciting to make pieces in 3-D and explore a new approach. When I discovered Etsy in 2012, it changed how I work: I’ve always used English lambswool and high-quality yarns like merino with cashmere, but I quickly noticed how much more popular colorful designs were online than the more basic black and gray items that my customers prefer at fairs.

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Inspiration for my work comes from modern art, wildlife, and the fables I heard when I was a child. When I make a new design, I start with sketches and then attempt to knit whatever shape I have on paper. In the beginning it’s a bit like groping in the dark, but after failing many times, the design slowly starts to get better. Once perfected, I write the pattern down in my sketch book.

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Being on Etsy feels good; my customers here are very kind. The next step for my business will be to add home and living accessories to match my current collection. In the future, I would also like to design jumpers and fashion items again. I get a lot of requests for patterns, but it’s too much work at the moment — maybe in the future I will work on a book of them.

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All photographs by Sabine Edel.

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KNITTING PATTERN, Cockatoo Scarf by Nina Führer
KNITTING PATTERN, Cockatoo Scarf by Nina Führer
NINAFUEHRER
$6.82 USD
plain colorful striped scarf knitted from fluffy lambswool
plain colorful striped scarf knitted from fluffy lambswool
NINAFUEHRER
$68.22 USD
KNITTING PATTERN, Fox Scarf by Nina Führer
KNITTING PATTERN, Fox Scarf by Nina Führer
NINAFUEHRER
$6.82 USD
cockatoo scarf for kids, small parrot
cockatoo scarf for kids, small parrot
NINAFUEHRER
$79.78 USD
Knitted Bird with Fringes - Swan Scarf
Knitted Bird with Fringes - Swan Scarf
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
robin scarf, small singing bird
robin scarf, small singing bird
NINAFUEHRER
$91.34 USD
pink Flamingo Stole from knitted and washed Lambswool with clip in it's beak
pink Flamingo Stole from knitted and washed Lambswool with clip in it's beak
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Sloth Stole - Sloth Scarf - Animal Scarf
Sloth Stole - Sloth Scarf - Animal Scarf
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
cockatoo beanie
cockatoo beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$40.47 USD
Rabbit Scarf – Chunky Knit Scarf - Year of the Rabbit
Rabbit Scarf – Chunky Knit Scarf - Year of the Rabbit
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Hummingbird Scarf from knitted and washed Lambswool
Hummingbird Scarf from knitted and washed Lambswool
NINAFUEHRER
$91.34 USD
beanie with glasses
beanie with glasses
NINAFUEHRER
$52.03 USD
Kingfisher Scarf, knitted gift for bird lovers
Kingfisher Scarf, knitted gift for bird lovers
NINAFUEHRER
$91.34 USD
parrot scarf for kids, small hyacinth macaw
parrot scarf for kids, small hyacinth macaw
NINAFUEHRER
$79.78 USD
foxy fur hat
foxy fur hat
NINAFUEHRER
$45.09 USD
parrot scarf with hat
parrot scarf with hat
NINAFUEHRER
$132.96 USD
Racoon Scarf made from Merino Wool
Racoon Scarf made from Merino Wool
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
keyring fish
keyring fish
NINAFUEHRER
$15.03 USD
Fox Scarf made from Merino Wool
Fox Scarf made from Merino Wool
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
bicoloured pompom hat onesize grey and white
bicoloured pompom hat onesize grey and white
NINAFUEHRER
$40.47 USD
hyacinth macaw in royal blue knitted from lambswool
hyacinth macaw in royal blue knitted from lambswool
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Foxy Scarf with Mohair knitted with slip stitch
Foxy Scarf with Mohair knitted with slip stitch
NINAFUEHRER
$75.15 USD
Cockatoo Stole in beige and yellow from lambswool, with colour gradient
Cockatoo Stole in beige and yellow from lambswool, with colour gradient
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
KNITTING PATTERN, Bird Scarf by Nina Führer
KNITTING PATTERN, Bird Scarf by Nina Führer
NINAFUEHRER
$6.82 USD
foxy scarf with fisherman's rib in brown
foxy scarf with fisherman's rib in brown
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Flamingo Stole with Beanie made from soft Lambswool
Flamingo Stole with Beanie made from soft Lambswool
NINAFUEHRER
$137.59 USD
foxy fur hat
foxy fur hat
NINAFUEHRER
$45.09 USD
foxy fur hat
foxy fur hat
NINAFUEHRER
$45.09 USD
flamingo beanie
flamingo beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$40.47 USD
Fish Bag with Keyring Fish
Fish Bag with Keyring Fish
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
skiglasses hat onesize
skiglasses hat onesize
NINAFUEHRER
$52.03 USD
Black Parrot Scarf - dark knitted Cockatoo with fringes
Black Parrot Scarf - dark knitted Cockatoo with fringes
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
KNITTING PATTERN, Badger Scarf by Nina Führer
KNITTING PATTERN, Badger Scarf by Nina Führer
NINAFUEHRER
$6.82 USD
Red Fox Stole, knitted and washed from Lambswool with color gradient in woodland style
Red Fox Stole, knitted and washed from Lambswool with color gradient in woodland style
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Sunglasses Cap - Pilot Hat - Glasses Hat - Hat with Goggles - Winter Hat - Hat for Kids and Adults
Sunglasses Cap - Pilot Hat - Glasses Hat - Hat with Goggles - Winter Hat - Hat for Kids and Adults
NINAFUEHRER
$68.22 USD
ski goggles hat brown
ski goggles hat brown
NINAFUEHRER
$63.59 USD
Knitted Cat Pillow - Animal Cushion
Knitted Cat Pillow - Animal Cushion
NINAFUEHRER
$56.65 USD
KNITTING PATTERN, Racoon Scarf by Nina Führer
KNITTING PATTERN, Racoon Scarf by Nina Führer
NINAFUEHRER
$6.82 USD
yellow finch scarf, small singing bird
yellow finch scarf, small singing bird
NINAFUEHRER
$91.34 USD
Cat Scarf – Chunky Knit Scarf Featuring White and Beige
Cat Scarf – Chunky Knit Scarf Featuring White and Beige
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
brown fox stole with beanie
brown fox stole with beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$137.59 USD
Cockatoo Stole in blue with yellow from lambswool -25%,  bird scarf knitted by Nina Fuhrer
Cockatoo Stole in blue with yellow from lambswool -25%, bird scarf knitted by Nina Fuhrer
NINAFUEHRER
$77.18 USD
knitted cat for children with stripes
knitted cat for children with stripes
NINAFUEHRER
$79.78 USD
knitted doe scarf with dots for children
knitted doe scarf with dots for children
NINAFUEHRER
$79.78 USD
Foxy scarf with mohair
Foxy scarf with mohair
NINAFUEHRER
$75.15 USD
ski goggles hat
ski goggles hat
NINAFUEHRER
$63.59 USD
Wild Goose, knitted stole from lambswool
Wild Goose, knitted stole from lambswool
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Red Fox Set from washed Lambswool, Stole with Beanie
Red Fox Set from washed Lambswool, Stole with Beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$137.59 USD
brown foxy stola
brown foxy stola
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Chunky Knit Cat Scarf
Chunky Knit Cat Scarf
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
Small Elegant Foxy Stole with Mohair
Small Elegant Foxy Stole with Mohair
NINAFUEHRER
$75.15 USD
Cockatoo stole with beanie
Cockatoo stole with beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$132.96 USD
Sweater knitted with Mohair: light, soft and fluffy
Sweater knitted with Mohair: light, soft and fluffy
NINAFUEHRER
$230.08 USD
knitted duck scarf with red stripes
knitted duck scarf with red stripes
NINAFUEHRER
$79.78 USD
Cushion Cover Diagonal red beige Striped
Cushion Cover Diagonal red beige Striped
NINAFUEHRER
$68.22 USD
Red Fox Beanie
Red Fox Beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$40.47 USD
Sloth Beanie
Sloth Beanie
NINAFUEHRER
$40.47 USD
Twin Headed Foxy Scarf, handmade by Nina Fuehrer
Twin Headed Foxy Scarf, handmade by Nina Fuehrer
NINAFUEHRER
$91.34 USD
knitted badger scarf with fisherman's rib
knitted badger scarf with fisherman's rib
NINAFUEHRER
$102.90 USD
robin scarf, small singing bird, swallow
robin scarf, small singing bird, swallow
NINAFUEHRER
$86.72 USD

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