Ruth Cross Studio founder Ruth Bridgeman learned to knit using chopsticks, and claims she has never followed a pattern. A 2004 graduate of the UK’s University of Brighton with a degree in fashion textile design, she worked for cashmere company TSE in New York and a textile studio in Como, Italy, as part of her training–and picked up those chopsticks along the way.
Wanting to give traditional knitting methods a contemporary spin–or, as she puts it, to create “hand knitting with balls”– she launched her company 10 years ago. She’s since become one of the UK’s leading designers of modern knits, applying her hand to everything from Bella’s Mittens in the Twilight Saga movies–a Ruth Cross Studio best seller–to cabled footstools and Shetland slipcovers. The latter are collected in The Knitted Home, a compendium of projects–full instructions included–that have us almost looking forward to winter.
Above: A living room from The Knitted Home with a Ruth Cross throw and pillow. The company’s designs are all made of top-quality lamb’s wool from Scotland–though Bridgeman herself advocates a do-your-own-thing approach to knitting, and notes that “charity shops are a good places to pick up needles and yarn without spending a fortune.”
Above: Five variations of Ruth Cross’s hand-knit cushions. “Knitting,” says Bridgeman, “is exactly like baking. There are a few ingredients that can be combined in a million different ways to create endless possibilities.”
Above L: A cabled throw in a natural brown wool. Above: R: The Stripey Lavender Bag, a hanging sachet, is one of the first projects in the book.
Above: Yes, this wall hanging is hand-knit. “I hope to inspire you to create something that stands up as a piece of design in its own right,” writes Bridgeman.
Above: The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross is $17.44 from Amazon.