Packed with colour!

Here’s my latest design, the Seaside Flower Wall Cowl! Its available on Ravelry and LoveCrafts. The amazing palette of colours available in Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight allowed me to create a small piece, packed with bright colours. It’s worked in the round, so colourwork is only done on the right side – so much easier!. Using this wonderful Shetland yarn means that the cowl virtually stands up on its own, and there’ll be no flopping which would hide the lovely pattern. Winter is approaching here, so I’ll be getting plenty of opportunity to wear this cheerful cowl, but if Summer is very slowing reaching you, there’s still time to make one for chilly Spring weather!

Seaside Flower Wall Cowl

This design comes in one size, with a circumference of 62cm (24 1/2 in) and Height of 23cm (9 in).

The contrast colours can be from scraps you may have leftover, as there’s only about 30 metres of each contrast colour used. You’ll need 2 x 25 gram balls (only around 156 metres) of the Main colour.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry for more details!

It’s available to buy for $5.50 USD.

Add another layer

Here’s my new design, the Diamond Alchemy Poncho! I’ve just published the pattern on Ravelry and LoveCrafts. The all over cables create such a lovely texture. The elbow length sleeves are knitted as part of the front and back pieces, so there’s only two pieces to work. It’s worked in the gorgeous Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino which is a beautiful, light and lofty Sport / 5 ply yarn. I still have a little winter time left to wear it, but maybe summer’s ending where you are and you have plenty of time to knit yourself one for the coming winter!

Diamond Alchemy Poncho

I’ve used the Rust colourway, however, there are nearly 30 different colours to choose from in this yarn, or you can use any other Sport / 5 ply yarn which you have access to.

I feel like I’ve really added a touch of elegance to my above outfit, and I can see myself using it as an extra layer at my desk in a not-quite-warm-enough office.

This is a roomy design with the front and back each measuring: 61 (69, 81, 89, 101) cm 24 (27, 32, 35, 40) in width and needing 4 (5, 6, 7, 7) skeins of this yarn.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry for more details.

It’s available to buy for $5.95 USD.

Two new vest patterns available

The knitting patterns for two of my new lovely, timeless, vintage style vest patterns are now available!

First is the Everything Crossed Vest pattern.

Everything Crossed Vest

We’re hoping for good luck for the future and have “Everything Crossed”!

A fitted, slip stitch, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in pure wool, using Cascade 220 Heathers yarn.

This stitch pattern makes a lovely thick warm fabric.

This is my version of vintage style, with increasing happening from the waist to the bust.

In an earthy tone, this makes a great wardrobe staple, or go for a more eye-catching colour and make it a feature piece.

Size inclusive, this is available for sizes 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

Uses 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of 220 yards each.

Keep everything crossed with me, and knit the Everything Crossed Vest.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $6.80 USD.


The next and most recent pattern is the Yarra Road Vest.

Yarra Road Vest

I have the absolute luck to be able to use the gorgeous Yarra Road to avoid school traffic on my way to work, not only avoiding horrible traffic jams, but also getting a calming, beautiful rural drive. Winter drives along this road have been the inspiration for the Yarra Road Vest.

A fitted, slip stitch rib, hip bone length vest with a V neck and some shaping from waist to bust, in a cotton blend, the beautifully soft Juniper Moon Farm Cumulus. Cabling completes the slip stitch pattern on every 6th row.

Size inclusive, this is available in 8 sizes from 29 inch to 57 inch bust.

  • Grey 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins
  • Pearl 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins
  • Blue 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins

This is my version of vintage style, with increasing happening from the waist to the bust.

Mine is grey clouds in amongst the white in a blue sky. Or go for something really bright!

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $6.50 USD.

The Humanise Throw Rug, for when you’re feeling not quite human

I have a new knitting pattern available! It’s for my new lovely, comforting Humanise Throw Rug  classically styled, in a timeless cables and lace stitch pattern.

After a hectic day of too much to do, and being pulled in multiple directions, do you feel not quite human? Snuggle under the Humanise Throw Rug to humanise yourself again.

The simple, but effective stitch pattern is therapeutic to knit, and lovely to rest under.

It’s done in a classic cables and lace style, and is worked flat, in one piece for faster knitting and minimal finishing.  I’ve worked it in FibraNatura Cottonwood,  which comes in a massive array of colours. I’ve chosen beige, which is great for matching with other home decor, but any colour which complements or contrasts with your decor would work.  The throw rug finished size is 102cm (40 in) x 77cm (30.5 in).

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry to find out more!

It’s available to buy for $3.50 USD.

Kinematics Scarf pattern now available

The free pattern for my Kinematics Scarf is now available. The Kinematics Scarf is a warm, woollen scarf in a very simple, but awesome Cable stitch.

The yarn used is Cleckheaton Country Aran in Copper. It’s a 100% wool yarn in Aran/10 ply weight.  It’s a lovely soft, warm yarn, even more so in this Cable stitch.

Kinematics Scarf free knitting pattern
Kinematics Scarf free knitting pattern

Kinematics Scarf

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Cleckheaton Country Aranor any other 10 ply / Aran yarn. 50gm balls, 87 meters (95 yards)
Gauge:36 sts = 10cm(4 in) in Simple Cable Stitch
Needle Size: 5.5mm
Meterage: 340 m (372 yards)
Sizes Available: 11.5cm (4½ in) x 171cm (67¼ in)

This pattern is available to download free from Ravelry

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Remember, this pattern is so easy, you could design something similar yourself.  See my previous post for instructions on how to do so. Have fun!!!

Design your own cabled scarf. Yes, you can!

I’m more than halfway through knitting a very simple cabled scarf for one of the progeny.

Simple Cable Scarf in progress
Simple Cable Scarf in progress

It’s so simple, you could design your own variation, even if you’ve only ever followed patterns before.

“How?”, you may ask?  Well, follow along these simple steps!

Step 1:   Choose your yarn.  Wool, or some sort of wool blend is nice, because it keeps it’s shape very well, but any yarn will do. Any weight you like, 4ply, 8ply, 10ply, whatever.

Step 2:   Inspect the label from you yarn to find out the recommended needle size and the standard guage/tension.  I’ve chosen Cleckheaton Country Aran, a fairly new aran weight/10ply yarn.  The label informs me that the recommended needle size is 5.00mm (UK 6, US 8), and that the guage/tension is 19 stitches and 25 rows to 10cm.  The stitch guage is more interesting to us than the row guage, for the moment anyway.

Ball Band
Ball Band

Step 3:   Choose a cable pattern.  If you have a good knitting book like “Vogue Knitting – The Ultimate Knitting Book” you will find a Stitch Dictionary included which has a cable section.  You can use a cable pattern from a pattern book or magazine in your collection. Lion Brand yarn have a good online stitch dictionary, including cables.  Borrow a stitch dictionary from your local library.  Ours has Knitting Handbook by Viv Foster, The Knitting Book by Frederica Patmore and The Encyclopedia of Knitting by Lesley Standfield.  Your library will probably have a couple.

The pattern you choose should describe the number of stitches as multiple of x stitches plus y stitches.  The simple cable I’m using is a multiple of 9 stitches plus 3 stitches.  The cable is 6 stitches with 3 stitches between each cable, which adds up to 9 stitches.  The plus 3 stitches is so that you have the same 3 stitches (or however many “plus” stitches yours specifies) at the start and end of each row to balance things up.

My chosen cable stitch pattern
My chosen cable stitch pattern

Step 4:   Knit a tension/gauge square.  It won’t take long, I promise!!!  To knit your square, use needles one size up from the ball band recommendation.  It’s nice to have a bit of give and flexibility in your scarf; it doesn’t need a firm fabric like a pullover would.  So in my case the needles size will be 5.5mm (US 5, UK 9).

If you wanted a 10cm wide square you could use the ball band stitches x 1. Aiming to have a square of about 15cm (6 in) we’ll need about 1.5 times the number of stitches specified on the ball band.  1.5 x 19 in my case is 28.5 stitches.  Well, I’m not going to have half a stitch.  I need this number to cater for my multiple of 9 sts plus 3 sts as well.

If I take the 3 sts from my 28.5 sts I get 25.5 stitches.  Does 9 go into this? No.  We’ll round up to something divisible by 9.  27 stitches will do the trick, plus my extra 3 stitches gives me 30 stitches.  Even though I’ve gone up a needle size and rounded up for my stitch number, the cables will pull everything in, so I’ll add one more multiple of 9 to give me 39 sts, that’s four cables wide plus 3 extra stitches.

So cast on your 39 (or whatever number you’ve come up with), and start knitting using your chosen cable stitch pattern.  I played around with mine.  After a few rows, I started doing p1, k1, p1 between each cable because I thought I might like the look of it.  I didn’t. So, after about 6 rows of this, I went back to the pattern as written.  My cable pattern actually specifies to do a cable every 4th row, but that’s a more compact look than I wanted, so I did them every 6th row.  Continue until you’ve got roughly a square. Cast/bind off.

Tension Square/Gauge Swatch
Tension Square/Gauge Swatch

Yay, you’ve got a tension/gauge square!  Go you!  Now, hopefully you’ve got some sensitive digital kitchen scales.  Weigh you’re square to find out how much yarn you used.  Write it down.

Step 5:   Soak your square in water, remove it from the water, squeeze out any excess water, roll it in a towel and press out more water.  Now lay your square on a fresh, dry towel, stretching it out a bit.  It’ll spring back a bit, but don’t pin it; you’re scarf’s going to squish up when you wear it anyway.  Allow it to dry overnight.

Step 6:   Inspect your square, ruler in hand.  How wide is it? How tall is it?  Is this a good width for a scarf?  If you added or subtracted a cable would that make it the width that you want?  From this information calculate how many stitches you’ll need to cast on for your actual scarf.

Step 7:   How much yarn are you going to need?  If your square is 15cm x 15cm it is 225 square cm.  (Thank you calculator!).  If you want your scarf to be 140cm x 20cm that will be 2800 square cm.  If I divide 2800 by 225, I find out that my scarf is the equivalent of 12.44 tension/guage squares.  My square weighed 17g.  If I multiply 17g x 12.44 squares, I get 211.5 grams required for my scarf.  Each ball is 50g, so I need 5 balls, and there’ll be plenty left over.

Step 8:  Obtain your yarn, cast on your calculated number of stitches and start knitting!  Cast off when you’ve reached your desired length.

Let me know how you go, and I’d love to see some results!  Good luck and happy designing. 🙂

Janine Scarf pattern now available

The pattern for my new Janine Scarf is now available.The Janine Scarf is a mid-season cotton scarf in the Vandyke lace stitch.  There is a cute, double line of bobbles at each end.

So that the “v”s are pointing down at both ends, the scarf is worked in two pieces which are joined using a three-needle bind/cast off.

The yarn used is Sirdar Calico, and the colour I’ve used is 727 (green).  It’s a cotton acrylic blend in DK 8ply.  The perfect yarn for a mid-season scarf.

Janine Scarf
Janine Scarf


Janine Scarf

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Sirdar Calico or any other 8 ply / DK yarn. 50gm balls, 157 meters (172 yards)
Gauge:20 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in Vandyke Stitch
Needle Size: 4.5mm
Meterage: 340 m (372 yards)
Sizes Available: 140cm x 16cm (55 in x 6 in)
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.40

Fayre Cushion Cover pattern now available

The pattern for my Fayre Cushion Cover is now available.

A fresh, colourful cushion cover, knitted in cotton in a simple lace stitch. The cushion cover is worked in one piece, then folded over and seamed at the sides.  Whether worked in bold, contrasting colours or neutral, graduating shades, this will make a beautiful addition to your decor. The yarn used here is Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton.

Fayre Cushion Cover

Fayre Cushion Cover

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton or any other 8ply/DK yarn. 50gm balls, 110m (109 yds)
Gauge:25 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Alternating Eyelet Stitch 
Needle Size: 3.75mm
Meterage: 400m (436 yards)  – 1 ball of each colour
Notions: 9 snap fasteners required
Sizes Available: To fit cushion 36cm x 36cm (14in x 14in) 
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.30 

Lace Front Cowl Pattern now available

The Lace Front Cowl that was first published in Yarn magazine in June 2011 is now available to purchase.

This is a softly draping, light cotton cowl, with a lace panel at the front.  It is worked from the bottom up with needles progressively changed down to provide shaping.   The yarn I’ve used is Heirloom Cotton 8 ply


Lace Front Cowl
Knitting Pattern
Yarn Suggested: Heirloom Cotton 8 ply or any other 8ply/DK cotton yarn. 50gm balls, 119m (130 yds)
Gauge:20 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Stocking/Stockinette Stitch 
Needle Size: 4mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle, 3.75mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle, 3.25mm 40cm(16 in) circular needle
Meterage: 240m (262 yards)
Sizes Available: 70cm (27.5 inches) around, 28cm (11 inches) long.
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.00


Easterner Cardigan Pattern Available

My latest pattern is now available. The Easterner Cardigan….
A cardigan in wide stripes of colour worked in diagonal stitch, knitted on larger needles for an open texture, in cotton.
The yarn I’ve used is Rowan Cotton Glace which is a great summer yarn with beautiful stitch definition. The colour range is gorgeous. I’ve gone with earthy tones, but why not try blues, greens or your own favourite mix.

Easterner Cardigan

Knitting Pattern

Yarn Suggested: Rowan Cotton Glace or any other 5ply/Sport Weight cotton yarn. 50gm balls, 115m (126 yds)

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows to 10cm(4 ins) in Relief Diagonal Stitch

Needle Size: 4.5mm straight needles and 4mm 40cm(16 in) circular needles
Meterage: 1157 – 1682 m (1265 – 1840 yards)

– 2(2,3,3,3) balls Colour A
– 2(3,3,3,3) balls Colour B
– 3(3,3,4,4) balls Colour C
– 2(2,2,3,3) balls Colour D
– 2(2,2,2,3) balls Colour E
5 14mm (1/2 in) buttons required.
Sizes Available: 75 (85, 95, 105, 115)cm, 29½ (33½, 37½, 41¼, 45¼) in
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 6.50