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Find out about Nicki’s knitting and crochet designs.

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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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 the cover of Fair Isle Knitting and Design by Nicki Merrall, set on a lilac background. The words "Fair Isle Knitting and Design: an introduction" are placed in the top half of the image and "Nicki Merrall", in white text, are placed on the lower part of the background.

Fair Isle Knitting and Design: an introduction

Fair Isle Knitting and Design I’m excited to show you the cover of my book, 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 […]

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Faraday scarf by Nicki Merrall published in The Knitter magazine

Faraday scarf

Faraday scarf by Nicki Merrall New knitting pattern published by The Knitter magazine The Knitter magazine has just published the pattern for my latest design, Faraday, a unisex scarf. Inspiration for Faraday I had the idea for Faraday a few years ago during an early morning creativity session resulting from insomnia. I was playing around […]

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New knitting pattern: Seed Heads collection (published by The Knitter magazine

Seed Heads Collection

New knitting patterns: the Seed Heads Collection Hat, cowl and gloves The Knitter magazine has published the patterns for the Seed Heads collection comprising a hat, cowl and gloves. Inspired by seed heads in my garden I was inspired to create the stitch pattern for this collection by the seed heads on plants growing in […]

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Painterly shawl by Nicki Merrall from Being Knitterly

Painterly shawl

New knitting pattern: Painterly shawl Painterly shawl Knit Now magazine has just published the pattern for my latest design, Painterly, a colourful, asymmetric shawl. Inspired by brush strokes Designers who entered Knit Now magazine’s Knitter of the Year competition had to create a mood board and use it as inspiration for a design for an […]

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