About a year ago, Amy Herzog, Kirsten Kapur, and I began kicking around the idea of working together on a joint design venture. After all, we share a similar design aesthetic, one marked by clean lines, bright and saturated colors, and flattering, wearable styles. Many people who knit my patterns knit Amy and Kirsten’s patterns too, so we even share an audience. It made so much sense to work together on a collection that distilled our related styles into a basic essence. With that intention in mind, we founded BHK Cooperative, an independent knitwear design group. The Charles Collection is our first collaborative effort – we hope you enjoy it! The e-book is available for purchase online from the BHK Cooperative. Buy now!
The Charles Collection, a 50-page e-book containing 10 knitting patterns, was designed to please the knitter both in craft and in daily life. The pieces in this collection were inspired by the gorgeous landscape of Boston, a true knitter’s town. We wanted to capture the look and feel of Boston, so all garments were shot on location in the city by the incomparably talented Caro Sheridan. An ever patient Jenn Jarvis served as technical editor, and if you think tech editing is hard with one designer, try working with three!
The three of us feel very strongly that all sweater patterns should come in a wide range of sizes, with reasonable gaps between sizes; furthermore, sweaters should look good in all sizes, not just in the sample size. Consequently, sweaters are offered in 10 sizes ranging from 30 – 54″ in the bust; all include flattering shaping and tailored details.
We have included patterns for every skill level and style. You will find garments ranging from small to large, from practical to luxurious, from soothing and simple to more rigorous and challenging.
A collection like this would not have been possible without the encouragement of dyers and yarn companies dedicated to supporting independent design work. We would especially like to thank Alisha Goes Around, Berroco, Blue Sky Alpacas, Lorna’s Laces, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo Yarns, The Plucky Knitter, Shelridge Farm, and The Woolen Rabbit for generously donating their beautiful yarns for us to work with. These pieces, knitted with yarns we love, and in colors that evoke the rich autumn of New England, these pieces are lovely to knit, give, keep, and wear. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!