25 May 2016


The Stepping Stones Shawl was designed a couple of years ago for the knit.purl publication asking to interpret a 'water' theme in stitches and design features. I had a vague idea at that time circling around waves and stepping stones set through a stream that, after playing around with swatches to figure out how they could fit together, became this shawl.

16 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – on the Bright Side

Summer top pattern on Ravelry 
Lace knitting is great for summer – the bold mesh stitch pattern is created using simple techniques, it's quick to memorise and is beautiful on a large expanse of fabric.
On the Bright Side was originally published as part of a Knit Today issue a couple of years ago and I am very happy to [finally] announce that it is available as a direct download from Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com.

2 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – Eleanor on Holiday

 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry

About a couple years back, Fyberspates Vivacious caught my eye at a wool show and without a plan of any kind I bought two skeins of this delicious azure blue. It sat in the box for a very long time and eventually decided to become a cardigan. The limited amount of yarn, however, meant that the design had to be approached with a lot of forethought and planning. And the result is something I am very proud of – whilst most of my top down raglans boast 'little finishing', this one literally has only the weaving in of tail ends to do once the knitting's finished. There's no attaching of the front band, no sewing of underarms closed, there's nothing aside from hiding of the yarn ends.

29 April 2016

How to: Make an I-cord Cast on

Caldera Cardigan, published last month, is knitted from the top down beginning with an I-cord cast on. There's a couple of ways in which you can approach this, although which one to use depends on whether the I-cord is the same colour as the rest of the yoke (or body, if you're working from the bottom up).

13 April 2016


Caldera cardigan is worked seamlessly, using DK weight yarn, from the collar down.

29 March 2016

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016

I had just under a day to spend looking over the yarns, the buttons, the fibre, all things knitting and wool related along the way, to talk to old friends and meet new, so much can be squeezed in a short period of time.
It turns out the building of Corn Exchange can fit an astounding number of people - it was buzzing with chatter, with conversation, with ooh's about one another's knitwear. Wherever I looked, my eye caught a glimpse of a shawl, a cardi, the seasoned festival goers even managed to don on a hat indoors, although the air was warm (as said by the person who's cold all the time everywhere but inside a hot bath).
If at all possible, Edinburgh Yarn Festival was even better this year. I can't quite put my finger on it, perhaps I was less busy and there was more time to talk with people?
A tiny portion of Ginger Twist's stall

18 March 2016


Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016 is here! My IG feed is bursting with excitement and I'm getting ready to visit tomorrow (Saturday the 19th) as well!

A selection of my patterns, including the Tracery Shawl, Numinous, Rivelin Scarf, Cove Bay and the new Jagger Shawl can be found at the Yarn Garden stall as part of kits paired with their delicious yarns.
I'm going as a punter and will hopefully bump into you tomorrow. Do say hi if you see me! And if not, pop in later next week on the ginormous post-EYF update!

The list of stalls I must see is as long as my arm, there are some old favourites of course but also some new ones, like Daughter of a Shepherd, Kate Davies' Buachallie and Rachal Coopey's Socks Yeah! yarns that wanted to fondle. Which stalls did you visit, yarns loved and books leafed through?

13 March 2016


The Cable Sampler Cowl was originally published as part of the Designer Challenge rubric in the Knit Now magazine in 2013. It is now available as a single pattern on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

5 March 2016


I've recently been working on redoing the photography of some of the older patterns and the Blackfriars Beret is one of those lucky ones to get an update.

2 March 2016


The Ravenna Cowl was originally published in KnitScene Winter 2014 issue and I am very excited to be able to offer the pattern as a PDF through Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

26 February 2016


COTSWOLD jumper was originally published in The Knitter just over a year ago and I am very pleased to let you know that it is now available as a PDF download on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

20 February 2016

Join me for the Anything Goes KAL

Rather excitingly today marks the beginning of my very first knit-along and I hope you can join me!

5 February 2016


FOLIOLE is the last of three patterns designed for Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts last year that I am now happy to offer as a PDF download on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

28 January 2016

How to keep track of cast on stitches

 A tip of keeping track of cast on stitches

A tiny little trick I use to keep track of my cast on stitches because there's nothing worse than being short of a few stitches at the end of the first row of knitting. If you've miscounted a hat cast on, or a sleeve cuff that's only mildly annoying and can be quickly redone. But what about a 100 stitches of a top down collar or a couple of hundred of a bottom up body circumference? How about 300 or 400 on a shawl that's knitted from the edge up? 

25 January 2016


Sidereal shawl pattern on Ravelry

Shawls is one of my favourite things to knit. It's up there together with socks and hats, the projects that are fairly quick and instantly noticeable. They don't use up much yarn and, shawls in particular, are perfect for those precious skeins that want to be shown off. The Sidereal Shawl is a bit of new waters for me, as I've only designed one large shawl in the past! It was however, fun!

2 January 2016


Slip cable hat on Ravelry

I hope you've all had a good New Year's celebration! It's been a wonderful year and I'm looking forward to yet another knitterly year, full of design and new patterns. At the end of 2015 I decided to revamp one of my very first patterns – the Slip-Cable Hat. We have made a new sample and had the pattern re-edited and obviously arranged into the latest layout with new photographs.

29 December 2015


The end of December lull is hitting, always surprising, but similarly predictable around now. I've cast on two brand new knits on Boxing Day, joining in with Louise Scollay's (of the knitbrittish.net) #notaknitalong. 

Which was both fun and something to fill the time after all the hubbub of Xmas. We've still the New Year's celebration to go through, but I wanted to pop round to share one of the patterns that I cast on

16 December 2015

How to Shape a Star Toe - Sock Knitting

The star toe that Brixham sock uses is a variation on a round toe. The idea is that you divide the

8 December 2015

On Books - our perfect holiday gifts!

Whether you're gifting them to yourself or to a fellow knitter, you can never go wrong with a book! Both of my books are available through Amazon, Ravelry and a number of LYS's (you'd have to check with your local one to see if they have any copies). My publisher – Cooperative Press, probably being the tiniest of all publishers with only 3 employees including the boss, is very generous with their royalties and every book that's sold is very much appreciated by all of us in equal shares.

With all that, here's a little reminder of what my Boys' Knits and Head to Toe are all about with direct links to buy them in case you are considering some last minute book shopping online. I believe there's only a week left for Christmas delivery if you're planning on getting a paper copy on Amazon.

Boys' Knits is a collection of 16 sweater patterns for boys. Chock full of classic designs with subtle details that boys will love to wear with enough interest to keep the knitting fun.The book also includes an indepth section on customising fit, adjusting parts of the sweater, yarn substitution as well as any tips and techniques used through out the book, all the info you would need to get the fit just right. The patterns in Boys' Knits are of a seamless construction, knit in the round from the bottom up and are graded to fit sizes 4-14 years old.

Boys' Knits is available to purchase at $26.95 + shipping for a paper copy and $16.95 for a digital issue.
Paperback: 92 pages, 16 garment patterns
Publisher: Cooperative Press (2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937513114
ISBN-13: 978-1937513115


6 December 2015


Brixham socks on Ravelry

BRIXHAM socks were originally published in The Knitter and now have been re-published. The pattern is available to download as a download on Ravelry, Patternfish, and LoveKnitting. The rights have reverted back to me a while ago but somehow the pattern got buried in a to-do pile until a

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