Indie designer of the week: Kyoko Nakayoshi
Designer of all things chic and versatile, Kyoko Nakayoshi let us in on some of her designer secrets. To see all of her gorgeous patterns, click here.
Hello Kyoko! Tell us a little bit about yourself – what’s your story?
I am the founder of Cotton & Cloud. I was born in Japan and have lived in the UK for more than half of my life. I live in London with my husband, my cat (I love cats) and now my one year old daughter! Knitting is my passion. I design knitwear and accessories that are unique and timeless.
When did you first pick up your needles?
I started knitting when I was 7.
What influenced you to found Cotton & Cloud?
For a very short period of time, I knitted and sold some of my own original designs. Many people asked me if they could buy the patterns so I decided to sell the patterns. At that time I was working as a pharmacist and I then decided that I really wanted to do something that I love which is knitting. After realising that many people liked my original knitting designs, I gathered the courage to completely change my career!
Above: Yui cardigan
You describe your style as a unique blend of Japanese and Western cultures. How do these cultures show through in your designs?
I think through a combination of contrasting techniques colours or shapes. For example, Temari cardigan has simple sleeve details and stocking stitch over round cable work.
Above: Temari cardigan
Which are your most popular designs?
Cable yoke jacket (both baby and adult versions) and reversible mittens and glove patterns are my two most popular designs.
What techniques are you currently enjoying using?
Wrap and turn is the technique which I always enjoyed using. I also like knitted turned ridge because it makes a neat edge.
Above: Cable Yoke jacket
Do you ever find time to knit for yourself? What’s on your needles when you do?
I haven’t knitted for myself for a long time. Last year I promised to myself that I would knit for my husband for Christmas and made a pair of lovely gloves of my own design using hand dyes sock yarn that I bought on Etsy.
Above: Forget Me Not Mittens
What’s next? Can you give us any clues about what you’re working on?
I am currently working on a collection of really lovely baby designs. As I am now a full time mum things are going very slowly but it will be done soon. I can’t wait to publish them!
Above: Fallen Leaf shawl
If you were a yarn, what would you be and why?
Semi solid merino sock yarn. I like things to be neat at home but never perfectly able to achieve neatness!
To see all of Kyoko Nakayoshi’s fabulous fusion patterns, click here – there’s plenty more patterns to peruse!
To purchase the designs featured here: click on the image of the design you wish to purchase; this will take you to the page where you can add the downloadable pattern to your basket. You can then continue shopping or check out using the normal checkout process. Happy knitting!
Last updated: April 29th, 2015.