You can’t look at a Catherine Tough’s knitted designs without wanting to smile. Adorable country critters and jolly colour combinations… what’s not to love? Catherine established the business 13 years ago and has since become one of Britain’s leading knitwear designers. With the help of her dedicated team, she supplies some of our favourite stores including Harrods, The White Company and Anthropologie.
What made you want to become a designer?
I come from a creative family. Both my sisters work in design, and my mum was always making something on her old-fashioned knitting machine. I loved watching the Clothes Show every Sunday, it all looked so exciting.
Why did you choose knitting in particular as something to pursue?
I instantly took to the knitting machine when I did my Textile Design BA at Buckinghamshire College. You can work through ideas quite quickly which I like, and it’s great fun to get a machine to do something creative. I went on to specialise in knit for my MA at the Royal College of Art.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
Choosing the colours for a new collection. I love getting a new shade card and chopping it up to try out all the different colour combinations.
What makes your business special?
Beside the quality and design, I think our products always make people smile. Everyone involved loves what they do, so each of our accessories and creatures come out looking happy!
Describe your favourite country moment.
Walking on the Malvern Hills with my family, then heading home for one of my Mum’s roast dinners…lovely!
Describe your creative style in three words.
Unexpected, simple and fun.
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