Creative Catch Up with Cardigang

Photo by Alexandrena Parker

Making knitting fun and accessible is Melbourne small biz, Cardigang! Created by pals Cat and Morgan, Cardigang was born during lockdown when instead of turning to sourdough, the pair picked up the sticks and taught themselves to knit. Now they share the joy of making something by hand as their full-time gig and have over 30 Knit Kits available and more on the way! We’re so excited to welcome this blooming small biz to our creative community for our first event back in Melbourne/Naarm in over 2 years, and it couldn’t be a more perfect time to pick up a new craft, especially with these colourful, cosy and rewarding results! Get to know the makers behind the brand, with our Creative Catch Up below.

Hey Cat & Morgan, what have you been up to?

We’re into the thick of the cold weather, and we’re very busy packing orders, designing patterns and working on collabs!

Tell us a little bit about Cardigang and how you got started? 

We’re purveyors of wonderfully woolly wares. Our custom, quality, colourful and cosy-chic knit kits are made for beginners by beginners. They’re designed to last a lifetime and put a pep in your step. Because nothing beats the not-so-humble pride of saying ‘I made it myself’.

We used to work together in a past life, and when Melbourne went into lockdown in 2020 we were looking for something to keep us connected and calm. Neither of us are great in the kitchen, and we’d already Marie Kondo’d our wardrobes, so we decided to give knitting a go! With the help of YouTube, we taught ourselves how to knit. Our creations quickly caught the eyes of friends and the idea for Cardigang was born!

We started off with 4 knit kits, and now sell over 30 knit kits, from beanies and scarfs to jumpers, vests and cardigans. Our kits give even the never-knitted-before knitter all the confidence and gear they need to knit a masterpiece.

What’s something we might not know about you?

Neither of us comes from a fashion background – we organically stumbled across knitting and as they say, the rest is history! We’re marketers by trade who now have a woolly obsession – once we started click-clacking those needles there was no stopping us. We recently took the leap and turned our side hustle into our main hustle – and still pinch ourselves that we get to do this for a living! We design all of our patterns ourselves, which is something we’re also really proud of. We’re proof that if we have knit ourselves a wearable masterpiece, so can you!

What keeps you inspired and motivated?

Our customers are a great source of motivation for us – every time we see one of the gang strut their stuff in their knit it fuels the fire. That feeling of learning a new skill and then showing off your handy work to the world is second to none. ‘This old thing? Thanks, I knitted it myself’.

What do you do for creative play and creative self-care?

We’re kind of lucky that our business is also our creative play! We started knitting as a way to unwind and also have a creative outlet! And luckily that hasn’t changed – we’ve always got something colourful and fluffy on the go. It’s also a great way to get us off our screens!

Where’s your favourite place to get inspired in Melbourne?

We draw a lot of inspiration from window shopping – we love perusing the local businesses along Gertrude Street.

We also feel most inspired when we have clear heads – which can be a challenge! So we’ve started getting bendy with the legends at Good Times Pilates in Fitzroy. This tends to lead to a treat or two at the gorgeous Morning Market – another place brimming with inspiration and florals.

What can shoppers expect from your stall at this event?

Lots of colours and fluffy stuff! This is our first-ever market (!!!), so we’re super excited! We’re going to launch a spankin’ brand new jumper kit exclusively at Finders Keepers, so watch this space. We’re also offering 15% off all of our kits at the market!

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See you at the markets!

Meet the maker at the Melbourne/Naarm Markets this July 8-10th at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Tickets are available here or you can grab them at the door.

Proudly supported by City of Melbourne, Aboriginal Melbourne and Brookies.

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