Two designers, two distinctive styles, one knitterly connection crossing the UK.
Jen Arnall-Culliford lives in Frome – a vibrant, creative hub in England’s South-West – and Kate Davies lives several hundred miles to the North in rural Scotland. Though separated by geography, Jen and Kate are connected by their love of knitting and design and, through the wonders of the internet, have enjoyed working together for several years.
Cross-Country Knitting was born from the idea that, from their opposite ends of the UK, Kate and Jen might challenge each other to work from the same brief: creating two patterns that speak to their individual strengths as designers, but which also work together as a pair.
Their first cross-country challenge was to create a man’s sweater that was functional, wearable, and would appeal to contemporary masculine tastes.
Jen decided on a zipped hoody with a twisted stitch motif and neat once-piece construction. Kate decided on a classic and colourful Fairisle vest, knit in the round with steeks. Jen’s hoody is named after the Somerset village of Bruton (where its recipient, Jim, went to school) Kate’s vest is named after Machrihanish, a village on the Argyll coast.
The e-book also includes a feature article by Jim Arnall-Culliford (aka Veuf Tricot) exploring the perils of giving and receiving hand-knits, plus a cut-out-and-keep Cross-Country Knitting gift tag to attach to your work.