Josh Bennett grew up in Pennsylvania where he learned to knit from his grandmother when he was 8 years old. After two weeks of making knit slippers he stopped, because boys don’t knit. He then got interested in musical theater, because apparently all boys sing and dance. In 2000, Josh worked at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT where he picked up knitting again from the cast members in a show, and hasn’t stopped.
After moving to New York City in 2001 and knitting constantly for a couple of years, Josh worked at a yarn store on the Upper West Side that wrote custom patterns for their customers. Noticing the lack of menswear patterns being published, he took his pattern writing skills and was determined to change that. He managed a couple of yarn shops in the city, honing his pattern writing skills and building a private clientele who he still designs, knits, and writes patterns for.
He now designs the knitwear for Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva, CFDA Award winner Michael Bastian, and GANT by Michael Bastian. His original designs can be seen published in Rowan Magazine, Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit.1, Knit Local by Tanis Gray.
He has teaches at Vogue Knitting Live NYC/LA/Chicago, RISD, and countless yarns shops. Currently, Josh is attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) majoring in Menswear Design.
Josh’s own line of hand knit sweaters, Michael Bastian by Josh Bennett, will premiere at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February 2012.