Both Jens: "Good afternoon your Royal Highness, we're Jen and Jen"
Prince Charles: "- Are you serious?"
Stitch & Story was founded by two friends - both incidentally called Jen! Their passion in knitting gave them the inspiration to create Stitch & Story: the ultimate go-to site for learning to knit and for all things woolly. With knitting often being dubbed as a granny hobby and impossible to learn, they've made extra effort to break away from these stereotypes by offering all-in-one, DIY kits with knitting patterns to reflect current fashion trends and lifestyle products. Both Jens’ desire to create clean and communicative concepts stems from their combined backgrounds in design and publishing.
As a motion graphics designer, Jen Hoang wanted to combine the use of motion media with knitting in the view of making an age-old craft truly contemporary. As S&S' Creative Director, she's created clean, straight-to-the-point video tutorials with easy to follow instructions. She hopes the simple designs will aid the beginner knitter in their journey, making it fun and fresh to learn. All how-to-knit illustrations are beautifully drawn by her.
Their journey began in February 2012 when Jennifer Chan had an idea to "throw some wool in a bag with a good pattern and clear instructions" after struggling to find a good knitting project and relentlessly needing to scour the Internet and haberdashery shops every time. Jen Hoang jumped on board with the idea having also experienced the same problem.
Since then, they've held knitting workshops, commissioned knitted pieces, as well as collaborated with a few amazing people along the way including their endorser, Somewhereto_, a dedicated charity who helps small enterprises by finding them space. As advocates of the Campaign for Wool, they've had the greatest honour of meeting the patron, HRH Prince Charles earlier this year at a business event to promote sustainability in knitting where they even managed to knit Prince George a bunny and baby booties.
Stitch & Story's mission is to ensure consumers make the connection between the stress-free experience of knitting and the creation of an authentic, value-added product – one that isn’t embarrassing to wear or show-off!
Jennifer Chan & Jen Hoang,
Co-founders of Stitch & Story
Knit to tell
Knitting is a way of embedding our creations with emotions and memories, adding to the richness of stories behind handmade products. Our mantra ‘knit to tell’ emphasises on all the careful time spent crafting; the cakes and coffee accompanied with curious minds; and the victory of finishing your hand-knitted item, quirks and all. There is a great sense of achievement in having knitted an item yourself that you'll want to share with all your friends and loved ones. It's this personal touch that imbues it with real value.
Stress-free and fun knitting
Stitch & Story's aim is to ensure knitters make the connection between the stress-free experience of knitting and the creation of an authentic, value-added product – one that isn’t embarrassing to wear or show-off! Our DIY knitting kits, set at different skills levels to suit each knitter’s confidence, emphasise on slow progression – so that one day you can learn garter stitch, and the next, moss, stocking, or cable stitch etc. Gradually progressing with the aid of our video tutorials, we give knitters a sense of control, achievement, and resourcefulness to make a beautifully knitted product.
Uniting common crafters
Our online knitting community means knitting is no longer done in solitary or thought of as being old-fashioned. We invite all our knitters to post pictures of their creations on our fan page and share with each other, tips, hints, and designs in order to truly revamp the craft of knitting! We also hold regular knitting workshops to invite all common crafters to meet up and get their knits on. For dates on our next knitathon, click here.