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 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…

Two new designs for December: Alpine cardigan and Kim poncho

Hello there 🙂  In the December issue of Knitting, I have not one, but two designs!  You know what they say about buses: you wait for one, and then at least two come along at once… First, the Alpine cardigan, knitted in Manos Del Uruguay: Then the Kim poncho, knitted up in Wendy Aspire: I’ve…

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…

Unpicking the Stitches: How I designed the Westcott shawl, part 1

Please welcome my latest design for Knitting magazine: the Westcott shawl! This reminder of early summer crept up on me nicely.  I worked on this back in June-July, which is a normal lead time for commissions like this.  However, it also means that you have ample time to move on with life and get stuck…