Free Pattern: Colina Scallop Collar

I’m not usually know for my “whimsy” but I had this collar idea in my head for a while. Wear it to keep the spring chill off your neck or use this Peter Pan-style collar to make a plain top that little bit fancier. The name of the design (Spanish for “hill”) was inspired by hillock shape of the scallops.

Previously published in issue 33 of Knit Now magazine.

Tools and materials
Yarn usedLibby Summers Chunky 1 ball in shade Anqas (Blue) 860.
About the yarnChunky 55m per 50g ball; 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Tension14 sts x 35 rows in g st
Needles used8 mm straight, 35 cm
Other supplies1 stitch marker, 2 pieces of 2.5 cm wide organza ribbon, 40 cm long sewing thread in colour complimentary to yarn, sharp hand-sewing needle
SizingOne size (circumference at neck edge without ribbon 47 cm). Adjustable.

g st = garter stitch. pm = place marker. m = marker. st(s) = stitch(es). sl = slip (as if to purl, unless otherwise noted). k = knit. k2tog = knit two stitches together.

Pattern instructions

Cast on 5 sts.

Set up row: K3, pm, k2.

Row 1: K to last st, m1, k1.

Row 2: K to m, TURN, sl 1, k to last st, m1, k1.

Row 3: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-3 two more times (9 rows worked in total). [11 sts]

Row 10: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 11: K to m, TURN, sl 1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 12: Knit.

Rep Rows 10-12 two more times (18 rows in total). [7 sts]

These 18 rows form pattern. Rep 7 times, or until collar is desired size.

Cast off all sts.


Lightly steam block collar to given dimensions. Weave in ends.

Cut 1 end of each ribbon into an inverted ‘V’. At the other end, fold over 1 cm of ribbon and tack or pin down. Sew ribbon to WS front edge of collar close to neckline, as shown. Rep for other side.

Hints and tips

The finished circumference of this collar is adjustable with the ribbon or by adding or removing repeats of the scallop pattern.

You may find it helpful to mark the neck edge of collar with moveable marker, to keep track of where you are.

Although this design features short rows, there is no wrapping of stitches because the garter stitch hides the turning point.

One collar can be made out of just 50 g of this yarn, but it does use almost all of that 50 g. If your tension is tighter than mine, you may want to get an extra ball just in case!

Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

Duality Shawl - in issue 45 of Knit Now
Duality Shawl – in issue 45 of Knit Now

This has to be, hands-down, one of my favourite designs ever. I loved working with the Blacker Swan over-dyed Falklands Merino DK in the sample and the colours (while not to everyone’s taste, I will admit) are totally “me”.

Duality Shawl
Duality Shawl

This side-to-side shawl/scarf features lace, cables, garter stitch, and intarsia.

The shaping for the shawl is done within the garter stitch section.

The lace and the cables are all fully charted.

The ends of the shawl are shaped, with the cables growing gracefully out of and into the points.

Duality shawl - close up of cables and lace edging
Duality shawl – close up of cables and lace edging

This pattern features in the revamped Knit Now issue 45, available in selected UK newsagents and supermarkets or online (internationally) in paper or digital format from More Mags.


Pashley Tulip Wrap


Ta da! I have a pattern in the new, Best of British, issue of Knit Now (issue 44) and it’s the Pashley Wrap.


Despite having hayfever I still love flowers. The solution? A knitted wrap strewn with blossom! This wrap is named for the Pashley Manor tulip festival held in East Sussex to commemorate the arrival of the first tulips into Europe in the 16th Century.

You can buy a physical magazine in newsagents and some supermarkets in the UK/Eire today (and possibly elsewhere at a later date), order one online or download a digital version. [More details here]


I had fun designing this; making all the elements work together and flow into one another. I think it may be the most delicate and “ladylike” thing I’ve ever designed!


The yarn used for this project is Ripple Crafts Bluefaced Leicester 4-ply in A Dangerous Shade. It was a lovely yarn to work with; very smooth and with a great drape. And I used pretty much every last centimetre of it!

The pattern has charts and written directions, so there’s no excuse!

FO Friday: Cariad Cushion

Available in issue 40 of Knit Now magazine.

cariad_fo2Well, that came around quickly/it feels like ages since I finished this! Such are joys of designing that you can forget you made something at the height of summer for publication in Autumn!

Inspired by all things Celtic, I designed this intarsia-technique cushion cover.

It’s knit in a lovely, buttery-soft, Aran-weight yarn from Bergere de France called Magic+.

Here you can see it in repose:


And! Baby got back


No fabric backs on my cushions!

cariad_fo3Check out that texture!

Knit Now issue 40 is available in supermarkets and newsagents across the UK (and possibly further afield) and you can also purchase either a paper or digital copy online.

Surprise! FO: Finlay the Firefox


Kit details: Finlay Fox kit by Barbara Prime, free with issue 36 of Knit Now.

Got the magazine on the 20th of June, cast on the next day and finished on the 23rd. And most of that was sewing and stuffing!

Wildlife Film-style!
Wildlife Film style!

This was a quick knit for me but I only worked on it a bit each day due to bathroom and shed-related renovations.

Shake ya tail feather?
Shake ya tail feather?

There are, shall we say, issues with the ears. Entirely my fault, but I sewed them on in the wrong place and they aren’t as perky as the designer intended.

I embroidered all the facial features with DK-weight black yarn, as opposed to using safety eyes as suggested in the pattern.

If I were to make this again I’d convert all pieces to knit in the round, except the ears.

...and one from the side
…and one from the side

And off he goes to live next to my dad’s computer to keep his Firefox browser company!