Kate Jenkins Crochet Art: Exploring an Edible World

UK knitwear designer and crochet artist Kate Jenkins has created several full installations of crochet food, including a cafe and a dinner party. She also has a home/fashion line and designed the decor for a hotel room.

About Crochet Artist Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins was a UK knitwear designer who sold beautiful knit designs to a number of well-known labels, including Donna Karan, Missoni, and Marc Jacobs, before she decided to branch out and launch her own fashion and home design label called Cardigan.

She is also a knit and crochet artist, known best for her cheeky take on crochet food, her large yarn-y installations, and her room design at Hotel Pelirocco. She has exhibited in the UK and the United States.

Jenkins has displayed her work in a number of large exhibitions, many of them food-themed. She generally uses 100% lambswool for her crochet art and knit fashions. She also sells cards and prints featuring photos of her crochet art.

Hotel Pelirocco Do Knit Disturb

Hotel Pelirocco is a boutique hotel located on Brighton Beach in England. The rooms at this hotel are “inspired by pop culture, sexy sirens, and maverick musicians.”

Kate Jenkins designed and executed (with the help of two assistants) a super cute room here called Do Knit Disturb.

Kate Jenkins Crochet Food

Kate Jenkins is well-known for crochet art pieces that turn the UK’s favorite food pieces into delicious-looking crochet art. They have a touch of humor, a bit of nostalgia, and a lot of color.

Jenkins’s first exhibit of crochet food was aptly called comfort food and included crocheted desserts and main dishes.

There’s not much Jenkins can’t crochet for your plate! From this seafood paella to bakery cases full of bagels, bread, and treats, her work is simply mouth-watering.

One of Kate’s crochet food exhibits was Kate’s Crochet Market, where the foods were canned and packaged.

Another exhibit, Kate’s Cones, was an all-crochet pop-up ice cream shop where visitors could order a bespoke crochet ice cream cone.

Other Kate Jenkins Crochet

While Jenkins is best known for her delicious and detailed food crochet items, she has also produced work with other themes. In 2008, Kate did a UK exhibition called Soft Smokes as a statement about the area’s new smoking ban.

Another installation, Cardigan Bloom, displayed a crochet and knit garden with many little creatures like these crochet butterflies. See other artists’ crochet gardens here.

Kate Jenkins and Cardigan

In 2003 Kate Jenkins decided to launch her own label called Cardigan, through which she sells her fashion and home decor designs.

The clothing designs are very wearable and look super comfortable but still stylish. The home decor has a cheeky side with a graphic print style that works in a contemporary home. The brand also sells felt toys.

Similar Crochet Artists

Jenkins reminds me a little bit of Twinkie Chan because of the cute foods connection and the fact that they both make wearables.

She also has quite a bit in common with Joy Kampia O’Shell, known best for her crochet hamburger dress but also makes crochet food plates.

Amigurumi artist Vanessa Chan also makes cute crochet food.

Kelsey Mlnarik

Kelsey has been a crafter since childhood and enjoys crochet, sewing, and any craft she can make with her children. She loves learning new techniques and sharing what she learns along the way. Kelsey someday hopes to be someone's crafty grandmother, crocheting afghans and drinking entire pots of coffee.