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Lauren O'Farrell

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Lauren O'Farrell
Lauren O'Farrell
Lauren O'Farrell
BornCheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
Pen nameDeadly Knitshade
OccupationAuthor, artist
Genreknitting, craft, street art

Lauren O'Farrell, (born 1977) also known as Deadly Knitshade, is an English author and artist. She is best known for playing a major part in the beginnings of the UK graffiti knitting street art scene,[1] creating the Stitch London craft community[2] and founding graffiti knitting and craft collective Knit the City.

As a graffiti knitting street artist she is attributed with creating the term 'yarnstorming'[3] as a less violent alternative to the popular yarnbombing in graffiti knitting and the creation of the 'stitched story' style of graffiti knitting[4] using amigurumi and handmade objects to create a themed artwork rather than the traditional cosy.

O'Farrell uses the label Whodunnknit for her work, and lives in London.


  • O'Farrell, Lauren (2011) Stitch London: 20 Kooky Ways to Knit the City and More UK: David & Charles
  • Knitshade, Deadly (2011) Knit the city: A Whodunnknit Set in London. UK: Summersdale.
  • O'Farrell, Lauren (2013) Stitch New York: 20 Kooky Ways to Knit the City and More UK: David & Charles


  1. ^ Costa, Maggie (20 April 2010). "The graffiti knitting epidemic". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Deadly Knitshade: 'get out there and use the world as your art gallery'". The Guardian. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Knitting but not as we know it". BBC. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  4. ^ "London's graffiti knitters". Telegraph. May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.

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