Hand-knitted Fair Isle style fingerless mittens with two peerie patterns in different pinks on a deep red-violet background.

Tesserae fingerless mittens

Tesserae fingerless mittens Tesserae fingerless mittens are the first design in my book Fair Isle Knitting and Design. I designed these fingerless mittens to be easy for knitters new to the stranded colourwork techniques used in Fair Isle knitting. The mittens are easy to knit because only a few colours and techniques are required. Three […]

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A blue-green retangular shawl hung up over a wooden coathanger on the back of a white painted door.

Meltwater shawl

Meltwater shawl My inspiration for the stitch patterns that I used for the Meltwater shawl was the diamond window panes in the Gherkin building, as it is familiarly known, in the City of London. You knit Meltwater in rows as one piece. You start with a crochet cast-on followed by a narrow garter stitch border. […]

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Creating Colour Palettes workshop

Creating Colour Palettes workshop

Creating Colour Palettes workshop – September 2020 Hope & Elvis I’m very excited to be running a Creating Colour Palettes workshop at Hope & Elvis in September. A person described as ‘having an eye for colour’ is thought to be able to discriminate more colours or to make better colour choices than other people. This […]

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A Fair Isle headband and balls of Shetland yarn

Fair Isle Knitting workshop

Fair Isle Knitting workshop – September 2020 Hope & Elvis I’m teaching my popular Fair Isle Knitting workshop at Hope & Elvis in September. Knitters admire Fair Isle knitting because of the beautiful use of colour and the variety of patterns. Join me to learn about different stranded colourwork traditions as well as learning and […]

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Leicester's Insta Yarn Show

Leicester’s Insta Yarn Show

Leicester’s Insta Yarn Show I’m taking part in Leicester’s Insta Yarn Show. This will take place live on Instagram from 9:30 BST on Saturday 15 August. Follow us on @leciestersinstayarnshow to find out about our pattern and yarn launches. There are seven of us taking part: we are a group of designers, dyers, and yarn vendors […]

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Fair Isle Knitting and Design: a brief guide

Fair Isle Knitting and Design – a brief guide

Fair Isle Knitting and Design Fair Isle Knitting and Design is a comprehensive guide to stranded colourwork as practised by the knitters of Fair Isle and Shetland. It is for knitters who wish to learn or improve their stranded colourwork technique as well as those who would like to create their own patterns and colour […]

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Image shows traditional Estonian women's cardigan displayed on a wickerwork mannequin in the entrance of a shop in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia. The cardigan is knitted in a black and white geometric pattern with deep borders, on the body and sleeves, in a medium pink and white. Below the picture are the words "Visiting Tallinn in Estonia: a destination for knitters

Visiting Tallinn in Estonia: a destination for knitters

Visiting Tallinn in Estonia: a destination for knitters Usually, at this time of year, those of us who live in Britain are looking forward to a summer holiday. With all the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, this year most of us will be staying at home and if we are lucky, we may venture out […]

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