The Final Countdown...

With work on the new edition of our Reversible knitting stitches ebook nearly done and the final print book in stock it feels like a very exciting time.

At the beginning of the year Mum and I decided to look for some new reversible stitches. We had already discovered a few and thought there were more out there to find. A hunt we could not resist! Now we are up to 250+ stunning stitches and 80 project ideas which is amazing!
I love to mix colours and finding some more two-coloured reversible patterns was top of my list and the search did not disappoint. We found some stunning examples and Mum had an explore of new ways of working old stitch combinations and created some exciting new stitches too.

On the page below you will also be able to see the new stitch chart layouts, this was a massive job to redo all the charts but it was worth it.They are now a lot more crisp and easy to read, making the whole layout so much easier to work with.We also wanted to include a few more of the patterns …

A hoy there! The story behind the sweater

A Hoy There! The story behind the sweater.Since moving to Sweden my interest of sailing has grown a lot and have been blessed with an amazing neighbour who has been teaching my husband and I how to navigate a boat out on the lakes. For this design I wanted to create a bold, eye-catching sailing themed sweater.  I have always loved the look of boats, with there streamline shape and graphic sails, they are just gorgeous! As this little sweater is for kids I wanted to make the logo feel more playful, so I designed it to look like it is a sailboat viewed through a telescope. I want to try my hand at doing a super bold, multi coloured intarsia pattern for this motif. This is a technique I have not used for ages so this would be a great way to practice and advance my skills. My yarn stash is also a bit out of control - a great problem that I know many of us knitters have, so I went for a rumage and found these beautiful bright colours and designed the sails to have both a graphic and colourf…

How to do Duplicate stitch - A step by step guide.

Duplicate stitch - Step by Step  Duplicate stitch is a wonderful technique you can use to place designs onto the top of knitting. It is a great way to add colour work without having to work it while knitting or to embellish old pieces of knitting. You can design your own patterns by using knitters graph paper and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! Here are the steps you while need to learn how to work this. Have fun!
Gather your materials:

For this you will need: A charted design
Tapestry needle
Lengths of coloured yarn.

It can be hard to judge how much yarn you will need for a pattern but for small designs like this about 1 meter of the main colour would do and 20 cm for the small square.
Ready, lets go!

Step 1: Figuring out the position To start you need to plan out the position for your design and mark with pins.Here I have place the design 10 stitches in from the right hand side and marked with the first pin (white), then counted over 10stitch for the widt…

How to - Cross rib cable

A Step-by-Step guide to the Crossed Rib Cable stitch used in my Twinning cable hats.

This is a beautiful cable stitch that is worked over a 2x2 rib background and is used in my Twinning hat pattern.In this step-by-step guide I will be showing you the process of working the cable stitch and how to complete the pattern. At the end of this post I will write the whole stitch out in full so you can see it laid out. Step 1: Start by working in 2x2 rib stitch until you want the cable design to begin. 2x2 rib stitch = RS Rows: [K2, p2] to end. //WS Rows: [P2, k2] to end.
Step 2: Working the cable; slip the 1st 4sts onto cable needle and hold to the back of the work. Step 3: Knit 2 stitches from Left hand needle.
Step 4: Next slip the 2 purl stitches from the cable needle back to the left hand knitting needle. Step 5: Purl these 2 stitches.
Step 6:Knit the 2 remaining stitches from the cable needle. Step 7: Then continue working the rest of the row. (I have just worked 2 cables on a background of 2x2 to…

Twinning is Winning

Twinning or twin dressing has become quite a phenomenon in recent years and can be worked in so many ways.From dressing identically to co-ordinating colours, types of clothes or athemes style, you can do it how ever you want.My husband and I realised we have quite a few items in common, especially shoes! So sometimes we will twin our looks either for style or as my husband said, it takes away the need to make a decision on what shoes to wear that day!!
On a recent trip to visit family down in Cornwall we were both in need of a waterproof jacket and found these brilliant Barbour jackets in a local store. I am still in ‘Mission use up the yarn stash’ mode and realised I had yarns that perfectly matched our jackets!I loved the idea to make then in alternate colours, too!

I love a cable hat as the cables give a lot of textural interest and warmth.Also, using ribbing for the turn-back makes them form well to the head and helps keep your ears protected from the cold wind!The cable I designed …

Tuscan Dreams

Tuscany is a stunning district in Italy that holds a lot of wonderful memories for me. It evokes thoughts of the gorgeous rolling landscapes, vibrant earth colours, beautiful buildings and of course the most deliciously creamy pasta you can imagine!!! 

I have been fortunate enough to travel to Tuscany a number of times and visit different cities and towns. There is a great spirit to the area and I really enjoy the slower pace of life.  Taking time to enjoy family, savouring the small moments and always having a good laugh over a table full of the most divine food. (As you can probably tell I am more than slightly obsessed with Italian food!)

It is these feelings that I tried to capture in my new design, the Tuscan Dreams top. I wanted the fit to give a feeling of freedom and relaxation whilst being beautiful and eye-catching. The A-line shape of the top gives it a great flow and the length skims gracefully over the hips which creates a silhouette that is very flattering on a range of bo…

Sakura / / New knitting pattern.

Inspiration can come from a multitude of places and for this project it was the meeting of a feeling and the finding of a wonderful yarn.
This year marked my first winter living in Sweden and even though I love the snow and cold I was more than usually excited about the arrival of spring!That moment when you first notice the buds on the trees and then before you know it the first flowers are popping up and the world becomes full of colour and beautiful textures.I also had not realised how much I would miss the feeling of a warm breeze on my skin after months of being bundled up in winter clothing and immediately wanted to knit a strappy top!!
I stumbled upon the gorgeous Lingarn by Växbo Lin in a yarn shop while on holiday and it has been waiting for the perfect project. It is a stunning, fine linen yarn that comes in a multitude of wonderful colours.It knits up slowly on 2mm/ US 0 needles but its beautiful drape and stitch definition make it well worth the time.

I wanted the name of thi…