Jennie was about 7 years old when her mum taught her to knit on a Saturday afternoon, while her dad and brother went to a football match.
She went on to study a BA in Fashion/Textiles design, studying pattern-cutting, sewing, fashion-drawing, machine-knitting etc. A course which would prove immensely helpful in designing hand-knits. Her interest in knitting really developed at college and she made her first garment for herself a big, slouchy cream sweater.
On leaving education Jennie organised the hand knit production for the fashion collections of a designer. Sadly the business folded but with her experience Jennie decided to branch out and designed and sold hand-knit garments to shops around the world, eventually running her own shop in London. “I loved dealing directly with customers – which is why I enjoy showing at knitting fairs now,” she says
Jennie’s designs have a nostalgic feel to them, a yearning for the glamour and elegance of the past. The inspiration comes from early 20th century fashion and from her collection of old knitting patterns from the 1930s, 1940s and 50s, including Vogue Knitting books from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. You can see this influence in her book, A Handknit Romance which has had a fantastic response from knitters with its vintage-inspired knits in fine yarns.
Attention to detail is something we celebrate in Jennie’s designs and something you will appreciate when you knit the patterns she has created for Yarn Stories.