Keiko Okamoto is a designer and instructor who has authored numerous books in her native Japan, covering everything from clothing for women and children to knitted accessories and housewares. She has developed an international following and her numerous patterns are tremendously popular on Ravelry.com. She specializes in both knitting and crotchet designs.
Gayle Roehm lived in Japan and studied the language for many years. She has knit from Japanese patterns for most of her knitting career. Gayle teaches frequently at knitting gatherings all across the United States, and publishes her own designs. She is the translator of the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches by Hitomi Shida.