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...


Rokeby Hat - a houndstooth colourwork hat pattern

Posted: May 21, 2021

Rokeby Hat - a houndstooth colourwork hat pattern

The third pattern in the Rokeby series, the Rokeby Hat joins the Rokeby mitts and Rokeby Cowl. All three accessories feature a simple houndstooth motif and the items work well together in mis-matched colours as well as colour coordinated sets.  The pattern uses two 50g balls of Milburn 4ply, one each of Compost and Thyme. I like wearing mine as a sort of slouchy cap, as you can see, but it's really designed as a beanie.    Other colour combinations that work well have been used in our other Rokeby samples. The mitts below have been made in Fern and Charcoal....


Riverside Walks shawl - fluff, sparkle and lace!

Posted: May 21, 2021

Riverside Walks shawl - fluff, sparkle and lace!

Riverside Walks was a shawl pattern that was over a year in the making - my initial sample was made in Spring 2020. I knew I wanted to get it written up and out for testing but with house renovations going on the notebook it was in got packed away and I couldn't find it for ages afterwards. Once the notebook reappeared Laura and I got to the task of putting it into a template, getting to grips with charting software and getting it to a suitable stage for testing.  This stage took so much longer than either of us could have imagined....


The Drift Collection... four years on! We revisit an ECY classic.

Posted: September 20, 2019

The Drift Collection... four years on! We revisit an ECY classic.

Today marks four years since the release of our Drift Collection! Can you believe it?! I know some of you will have been involved in test-knitting for it and will know how big a deal it was for us. I (Victoria) still worked alone at that point, and producing a quite large collection from loads of different designers, whilst still running the business, was a huge challenge. I did most of the photography myself (I couldn't afford to do anything else!), but did have a paid tech editor, and proof reader, of course. Meanwhile I was also still dyeing yarn,...


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