The Charles Collection by BHK Cooperative

About a year ago, Amy HerzogKirsten 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 AroundBerrocoBlue Sky AlpacasLorna’s LacesMadelinetoshMalabrigo YarnsThe Plucky KnitterShelridge 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!

Follow BHK Cooperative on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or join our group on Ravelry! The Charles Collection may be found on Ravelry here.

14 comments so far

  1. vicki on

    So excited for all of you. The Charles Collection is lovely! Congratulations!!

  2. Jennifer on

    My word, it looks beautiful! Congratulations!

  3. Bonnie on

    Congratulations! I especially love New Towne and Revere House. Beautiful.

  4. Su1282 (on Rav) on

    Wow – the patterns and the styling/photography are really stunning! Great job folks!

  5. Jocelyn on

    Love the collection. Already working on Lexington! Did have a question, though. Can you check the Ravelry forum? Thanks!

  6. margaux on

    LOVE IT!! You girls are oh so talented :-)

  7. nova on

    Congrats! I want to knit all the things!

  8. Kelli on

    Congrats! Absolutely beautiful patterns. I am already thinking on the yarn I have for some of them :)

  9. Kathy on

    Beautiful, Elinor!!! Congratulations!

  10. cath in ottawa on

    Wow – these are so beautiful. I am inspired just looking at them! Congratulations!

  11. Debra on

    For Elinor, please check your email or Ravelry messages for a question about a pattern. Thanks.

  12. Kathy on

    Well, I’m not supposed to be buying more patterns. But I don’t think I promised not to give people strong suggestions for Christmas gifts! So beautiful, every one. I’m particularly taken with New Towne and North End, which is bizarre given I don’t typically care for cardigans. Congratulations!

  13. Mette on

    Congratulations! Lovely collection! The e-book will be my christmas present for my self this year, it is allowed isn’t it, to treat oneselves with such a useful present?!!

  14. Terry Newbery on

    Would love to have a copy of the Charles Collection E Book. Are there any plans to republish It? If not, do you know where I can purchase a used copy. Thanks so much for your help with this. Cheers from Canada. Terry

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