My Designs

Mimizan

Mimizan uses a two coloured textured stitch pattern to create a fun hat sized from newborn through to adult male. It uses aran weight yarn so is a speedy and warm knit. The pattern also provides actual yardages of each colour needed so you can see if you have sufficient partial skeins to make a hat, which is great for the smaller sizes which just use a little yarn.

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Available from my Ravelry Store for £2.50    

Mainline

Mainline featured in the Quince & Co. Scarves etc. 2013 collection. It uses Quince & Co Chickadee yarn, a 100% American wool 4ply/fingering yarn, here in the Bird’s egg shade, and is knitted up on 3.75mm (US5) needles,

It is knitted lengthwise from the bottom up which does mean a bit of a mammoth cast on, but if you use markers you can place them each repeat as you cast on, which helps you keep track and not have to count lots of stitches.vOnce established, the main pattern is easy to follow from reading your knitting on both right and wrong side and the knitting speeds along. By the time you reach the first set of decreases you’re over half way through your project.

The pattern contains both written and charted instructions and the scarf comprises 18 repeats of the pattern section. You can easily add more sections if you want a longer/wider scarf.

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Available from my Ravelry Store for $5.00  

Derwentwater

Derwentwater is a single skein shawl knitted in 4ply/fingering weight yarn on 4mm (US6) needles. Designed as a beginners shawl, it combines a simple 2 stitch 4 row textured pattern repeat with a 9 stitch 8 row lace repeat. The pattern is easy to remember and work, making it a quick knit for more experienced knitters.

It is named after Derwentwater in the Lake District, England and the stich patterns represent the ripples of the water on the lake and the peaks of the surrounding hills.

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Available from my Ravelry Store for £3.00

Ringwood Socks

This pattern includes separate instructions for a cuff down and toe up versions of these Ringwood pattern slip stitch heel and gusset socks. Designed for highly variegated sock yarns this is an ideal pattern for beginners and knitters wanting a go anywhere sock pattern, and produces a lovely squishy textured sock.

The pattern is available through Ravelry for £3.00

Crowning Glory Lace shawl

The pattern uses a Shetland lace stitch called Crown of Glory, also known as Cat’s Paw, interspersed with a fern lace stitch through which the increases are made.

The finished shawl is crescent shaped and there are two versions; one with the final lace repeat creating a ruffle, (above) and the other with a slightly different repeat that still uses the Crown of Glory stitch but doesn’t increase stitches through a fern lace motif and is therefore not ruffled (below).

The pattern is available through Ravelry for £3.00   
For more information – please also see the full blog post here

Lovely for Lavender

A pattern for lavender bags knitted using stranded fair isle in hexagonal shapes and edged with a strip of lace.

They’re quick and easy to make if you’re happy knitting in the round starting with a relatively small number of stitches. The pattern contains both written and charted instructions and full instructions for sewing up and stuffing with lavender. Alternatively you can stuff them with yarn ends and use your hexagon as a pin cushion, or knitted in 4 ply cotton with a plain back, two hexagons can be sewn together to make coasters.

Available from my Ravelry store for £2.50         

Ferla Box Bag

The Ferla Box Bag was inspired by a desire to recreate my favourite bag, bought in Italy some years ago and now slightly past its best, in knitted form.

The pattern is written for 120m/131yds of main yarn and 100m/110yds of contrast for a bag of 7.5 x 3.5 x 9 inches/19 x 9 x 23 cm. Information is provided to help with resizing.

You will need yarns of at least 16 ply (50m per 50g ball yarns), but can also knit this bag with multiple strands of finer yarn as shown by the samples. Yarn should be feltable wool as the bag is lightly fulled/felted after knitting. Superwash wools are not suitable for this project.

Ferla is knitted in one piece from the base up using a slip stitch pattern in two colours to produce a tweedy effect.

The pattern is available through Ravelry for £2.50     

For more information – please also see this post.

Knighton Cloche Beret

This cloche/beret can be made in a more or less slouchy version depending on your preference. It’s knitted in DK yarn with the band knitted first ans stitches picked up around for the crown and peak. A flattering shape inspired by vintage caps with a distinctive and striking stitch pattern.

  

The pattern is available via my Ravelry store for £2.50

Brioche Beanie Beret

This slouchy beret is knitted in 4 ply yarns using a main and contrast yarn and a brioche stitch to create texture. Full written instructions for the alternate cable cast on are included in the pattern which is written for 3 sizes.

Yarn requirements for small (medium) large
Main – 110m (157m) 210m
Contrast – 36m (48m) 64m

For more information on the pattern and more samples and yarn ideas you might like to look at this post.

This pattern is available for £2.50

 

Wraparound Eyelet Shawlette 

 

I always wavered about knitting triangular shawls which I only ever wear like scarves or neckerchiefs so I thought a crescent shaped wraparound was more me, and more likely to keep out the strong winds of the northwest of England.

The design elements of this  shawlette were inspired by two things—an eyelet sampler square I’d knitted for a blanket project and a beautiful dress a friend knitted for her daughter using sock yarn leftovers.

In the two colour sock yarn leftover version, a main colour yarn is used throughout for the eyelet rows and the stocking stitch sections are knitted with contrast yarns. The pattern gives a breakdown of the actual yardages of yarn needed for each contrast section to help you plan your project. However, this can also be knitted in a single yarn or with double knitting yarns for a larger even warmer shawl.

This pattern is available for £2.50

More completed examples can also be seen here on Ravelry

Squishy Sock Yarn Hat

This hat draws on a lot of the design features of the shawl – eyelets and great sock yarns.

      

I just love the colours available in sock yarns and think this hat is just the thing to brighten us up in cold weather, when our socks are hidden away in boots. The way it concertinas makes it warmer than you’d think for 4 plys.

There are two different cast on for a curled edge or a picot edge.

    

This pattern is available as a free PDF download Squishy Sock Yarn Hat

Swirl Cupcake

This pattern was designed for the cupcake cafe where the Blackpool SMS knitting group used to meet. It starts with I-cords made into a swirl and then stitches are picked up and the cake and case are knitted in the round on double pointed needles.

You can see more examples on Ravelry

This pattern is available for £1.50

Cupcake Corsage

Another Cupcake inspired design, corsages this time, but equally good as embellishments.

   

A quick and simple pattern available as a free download cupcake corsage PDF

Angelica Mitts, Cowl and Hat

Designed with squishy Malabrigo Worsted Wool in mind each item or 2 where the mitts are concerned, takes 1/2 a skein of Malabrigo Worsted, or you can substitute your preferred yarn:

For more information and to download click on:

Angelica Mittens       Angelica Cowl        Angelica Hat

Lily Mitts, Cowl and Hat

Designed with squishy Malabrigo Worsted Wool in mind each item or 2 where the mitts are concerned, takes 1/2 a skein of Malabrigo Worsted, or you can substitute your preferred yarn:

For more information and to download click on:

Lily Mittens        Lily Hat        Lily Cowl

Buddhas Knot New Sew Tea Cosy

This is a very simple Tea Cosy knitted in one piece to avoid any sewing up at the end and finished with a knotted I-cord which gives the cosy its name; it reminded me of images of Buddha I’d seen whilst travelling in Asia.

 

Available as a free PDF download here – Buddha Knot

Pencil Bookmark

Designed as a fundraiser for the Blackpool SMS knitting group at the the Wordpool Craft fair. Popular as presents for teachers and other bookworms.

Free PDF download : pencil bookmark

Rib on Rib Cowl Neckwarmer

Designed to complement the hat below and to keep the neck and shoulders warm and not have to go on over the head. The horizontal rib section that goes around the shoulders is knitted first and then stitches picked up for the neck.

 

Free PDF available for download: Rib_on_rib_cowl

For more examples see the Ravelry gallery

Rib on Rib Bunnet

Designed as a christmas present for My Mother-in-Law with warmth a must have attribute. Again the horizontal band is knitted first and joined with a three needle bind off, or sewn up if you prefer, then the stitches are picked up for the crown.

  

Available as a free PDF download: Rib_on_rib_hat

Ravelry Gallery of additional Projects

One Response to My Designs

  1. Kate James says:

    lovely x

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