New Design: The Aneeta cardigan

Introducing another new design from the lockdown bottleneck: the Aneeta cardigan, knitted in The Fibre Company Luma!  You can find this design in the latest issue of Knitting magazine, issue 210, which is out now. I published my first design about seven years ago, and I have always paid attention to how women’s clothes have…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Snuggle cardigan

Hi everyone!  Where has the summer gone?  The last few months have been and gone so quickly I’ve had almost no sense of time; only the sense of rolling along with whatever life brings.  But the equinox brings with it a sense of coolness and calm.  As I write, the autumn sun is streaming in…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Bonnie jumper

So here it is:  My latest design for Knitting magazine – not to mention the blog post!  I am especially happy this month, because it’s the first time that one of my designs has been on a magazine cover.  It is all the sweeter since I didn’t know whether this idea would ever see the…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Kim poncho

This design has a special place in my heart.  It was partly inspired by my favourite handknit designer, Kim Hargreaves, because a detail in one of her designs made a huge contribution to the success of this poncho. First, let’s go back to 2009, when I was savouring my brand new copy of Precious (now…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Alpine cardigan

This project took a slightly unusual route into the world.  It’s one of those ideas which ends up being very different to your original vision, but somehow works out anyway! Here’s what the Alpine cardigan could have been: A jumper Published in October Knitted in a shade of brown or green One thing that didn’t…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Westcott shawl, part 2

Last post, I talked about how I conceived the idea for the Westcott shawl.  This time, I’m sharing the realisation process with you: how the idea for the design became a tangible, corporal garment and pattern. There’s always at least a little trepidation when you cast on the first few stitches or make the first…