Swainby Cowl: a versatile wardrobe staple

Posted: June 29, 2022

Swainby Cowl: a versatile wardrobe staple

This cowl idea stemmed from me wanting to make something squishy for around my neck using three strands of yarn together, but also not wanting to leave much (if anything) left over. I pored over stitch textures and options for ages as I knew I wanted something fairly simple which would allow the marled colours to shine, but also which wouldn’t be too boring to knit. There are already loads of (lovely) patterns in traditional fisherman’s rib so this is a different take on that. The full-sized cowl is designed to loop three times snug around the neck if you’ve...


Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

Posted: November 16, 2021

Yarn, knitting, and crochet related gift ideas for 2021 - the ECY Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! This year has absolutely flown by (or is that just me?!) and with postage being potentially really slow again running up to December the 25th I would encourage you to crack on if you are wanting to order anything. We have info on shipping dates HERE actually - please do take a look.  So... I know that a lot of people will be buying for others, but these are relevant if you fancy a treat yourself too, so I hope you find it useful. We've split ideas into budget sections. I am going to write this...


Willow Fingerless Mitts: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

Posted: July 07, 2021

Willow Fingerless Mitts: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

The first of my new designs to accompany the refreshed Willow Shawl, Willow Fingerless Mitts use a column of the Willow lace motif to add detail to the back of the hand. The rest of the mitt is fairly straightforward and the pattern offers ways to adjust both the hand size and length.  In the pattern development stage I tried a few different iterations to get the lace panel positioning right. I also realised during testing that I hadn't followed my own pattern for some early samples! 🙈 A very valuable lesson in reading the pattern rather than assuming you know...


Willow Hat: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

Posted: July 07, 2021

Willow Hat: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

The second accompaniment to the Willow Shawl and the final in the trilogy 🤣. The hat was much more complicated to figure out due to the decreases, and using Stitchmastery software really has been crucial in getting these patterns written up. The pattern has a fitted beanie option and a slouchy option.  If made according to the pattern this hat should use 30-50g of yarn. The full set of three Willow accessories has been designed to use almost all of two skeins of Keld Fingering. This means if you buy the yarn for the shawl you can make the mitts and hat from the...


Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Posted: January 14, 2021

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Sophie McKane

Sophie McKane, aka Unicorn Designs, is a wonderful designer. In the past two years alone Sophie has released a number of beautiful patterns including some using Eden Cottage Yarns.  Her designs have been published in magazines as well as several being self-published. We love her use of colour and stitch patterns, and thought it would be great to find out a bit more about her.  Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to become a designer? My grandma was a prolific knitter and she’s the one who first taught me to knit, when I was very...


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