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Ruth Cross Studio: The Knitted Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 10, 2015 01:04 AM
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by Margot Guralnick last modified Sep 09, 2015

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. Photography by Ben Anders for The Knitted Home . 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: The book features complete patterns for 20-plus projects—as well as a step-by-step knitting and purling how-to for beginners.  Above: Five variations of the Ruth Cross Studio 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."  Ruth Cross Studio often works on large commissions and also has an  online shop that sells some of its knitwear. A "ridiculously gorgeous and squidgy" Cabled Cushion is £115 ($177).  Above L: A cabled throw in a natural brown wool. Above: R: A hanging sachet, the Stripey Lavender Bag, 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. Ready to get to work? For more ideas, go to DIY: Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine  and DIY: Dutch-Style Knit Throw . More Stories from Remodelista Playful Furniture from Baines & Fricker Magic Carpet Ride: Luke Irwin for Anthropologie Table of Contents: The British House






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