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Lauren O'Farrell (born June 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.

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

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.

Lauren creates her art under the Whodunnknit label and works 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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