Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

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

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

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

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!

WIP Wednesday: A Whole 2 Things Edition

WIP Wednesday: A Whole 2 Things Edition

Going from buying the yarn to casting on was a scant (for me) 9 days! And most of that was swatching and purchasing a knitting needle!
image It looks like a snake!

I do, however, have a new design in the pipeline so I suspect that the Chrysanth Vest progress will take a nose-dive soon!
I’ve also just got the toe to finish on this sock, photograph the two pairs I’ve made, write up the pattern, get a second test knitter to try it out, tech edit and then publish the pattern. Oh, is that all?