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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Nothing beats a simple, clean, classic design. And what is simpler or more classic than a basic unisex ribbed beanie? In five sizes, there’s something for everyone’s head.
Knitting: Cowl
Written especially for the www.skeinz.com Moody Hues Sockmatician Edition 4ply possum-blend yarn which was created in collaboration with the UK-based knitting designer and teacher Sockmatician (aka Nathan Taylor), in the Pride flag rainbow of colours plus two shades of neutral grey. More information about the Sockmatician Edition yarn story can...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Written especially for the www.skeinz.com Moody Hues Sockmatician Edition 4ply possum-blend yarn which was created in collaboration with the UK-based knitting designer and teacher Sockmatician (aka Nathan Taylor), in the Pride flag rainbow of colours plus two shades of neutral grey. More information about the Sockmatician Edition yarn story can...
Knitting: Scarf
Written especially for the www.skeinz.com Moody Hues Sockmatician Edition 4ply possum-blend yarn which was created in collaboration with the UK-based knitting designer and teacher Sockmatician (aka Nathan Taylor), in the Pride flag rainbow of colours plus two shades of neutral grey. More information about the Sockmatician Edition yarn story can...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Sometimes you just reach for a really uncomplicated urban accessory to complete your outfit, or, just for comfort’s sake. This is that hat: perfectly simple and with a neat professional finish. The tight fabric gauge is smooth and flexible but keeps the warmth in and will hold its shape well. Show off your favourite DK 8ply yarn, and maybe comp...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Big Knitting was designed to mimic super-chunky yarn in a stockinette fabric texture, using regular DK yarn and simple rope cables. The beanie looks luxurious and thick but without the bulk (and expense) of real super- chunky yarn. A wide folded brim in a contrasting colour adds another touch of luxury and depth to this cosy wintery staple, pee...
Knitting: Applique / Embellishment
Designed to complement my Big Knitting beanie, this chunky and luxurious pompom is a great stashbuster and will last for ages because of its sturdy construction. It’s made to be removable and swappable, so you can share it around your beanie collection - which makes the time spent on making it worthwhile.
Knitting: Cowl
The Interlock Series was inspired by joins and transitions. There are three cowls in this series: Mitre, Dovetail (this one), and Jigsaw. Simple garter and twisted ribbing provide the squishy textures and offer both visual and structural interest.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
“Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 3:13 (New Living Translation)
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
“Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 3:13 (New Living Translation)
Knitting: Cowl
The Interlock Series was inspired by joins and transitions. There are three cowls in this series: Mitre, Dovetail, and Jigsaw (this one). Simple garter and twisted ribbing provide the squishy textures and offer both visual and structural interest.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
“Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.” 1st Corinthians 3:13 (New Living Translation)
Knitting: Cowl
The Interlock Series was inspired by joins and transitions. There are three cowls in this series: Mitre (this one), Dovetail, and Jigsaw. Simple garter and twisted ribbing provide the squishy textures and offer both visual and structural interest.
Knitting: Cowl
Cumulonimbus clouds pile up against a darkening sky and catch the low-setting sun, flushing pink. Knit this squishy stormy cowl in a similar colourway, or change the weather and choose sky-blue for the darkest colour with grey and white for the clouds.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Brioche and double knitting - what’s not to love? This totally 100% reversible hat has a bold snowflake motif repeated 3x around. The brim is worked in 2-colour brioche rib which can be worn flat, or folded to show the opposite colour pattern on the inside. The main body is completely double-knitted which gives a double-faced option with revers...
Knitting: Containers
Needs just 60-70 yards of 5ply sport weight 100% wool for this one: the properties of the pure wool fibre assist in speeding up the ripening process for the avocado.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Get your beads out! This is your chance to really bling it up… Either use clear glass or crystal like these samples, or choose a colour to complement your yarn. Can’t decide? Choose MANY colours, and make a starry rainbow or a bead fade :)
Knitting: Cowl
Quick DK/8ply projects are satisfying to make and convenient for gifts too - but what about your collection of lovely 4ply fingering-weight skeins? If you’re like me, you have bought many gorgeous single skeins over time without having a plan in mind for them - but you can’t bear to part with them - at least not without knitting them first!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The basic honeycomb cable is used here to form 3 different patterns around the hat. Possum blend merino yarn which gives a slight halo and extra warmth was used for the sample, but you can use any wool or merino blend yarn (bear in mind that the characteristics & drape of the fabric may change depending on your choice).
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
All-over texture keeps this one interesting! The fine waffle stitch traps warmth without being heavy to wear, and you can make it in one colour for a wardrobe essential or two colours for extra fun.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
SO much squish! The fabric this stitch creates is luxurious and double-thick making a warm and comfortable hat which is still lightweight and airy due to its structure. Wicker is best with a semi-solid or lightly speckled yarn; gradients would also work well. This is a cable stitch, but a tutorial has been included to show you how to work it wi...
Knitting: Cowl
SO much squish! The fabric this stitch creates is luxurious and double-thick making a warm and comfortable cowl with lots of snuggle. Wickerwork is best with a semi-solid or lightly speckled yarn; gradients would also work well. This is a cable stitch, but a tutorial has been included to show you how to work it without using a separate cable ne...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Brioche and double knitting - what’s not to love? This totally 100% reversible hat has a bold flower motif repeated 3x around. The brim is worked in 2-colour brioche rib which can be worn flat, or folded to show the opposite colour pattern on the inside. The main body is completely double-knitted which gives a double-faced option with reverse c...
Crochet: Scrubber
When I was small my family always had a mesh cotton cloth on the bench. It was used for everything from mopping up spills, washing dishes, and wiping down the bench and surfaces. This design is my attempt to reproduce this article in crochet using unbleached cotton cooking string (generally used for tying up roasts) which is food-safe and avail...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Exploring patterns and textures, this beanie was inspired by simple square wire mesh. The fine straight cables weave under and over each other as they wrap around the fabric. The pattern quickly becomes intuitive which makes it a fast knit.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Challenged to produce a unisex beanie with a particular woven texture, I have come up with this: Basketcase was designed in the middle of the night (yes really) and with a bit of trial and error to get the weave effect to really behave, I think this does the job! Perfect for teen & adult heads and cosy-warm too!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Tracery recollects the light and airy open stonework featured in many medieval buildings, especially in their window frames. The narrow cables look intricate but are not difficult to work. Once you have established the pattern it should become mostly intuitive.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Designed in conjunction with Good Wool NZ - a natural dyer located
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Based on my earlier pattern The Barbarian cowl, this beanie is full of squishy textured cabled goodness; but is simple, fun, and quick to knit up. Approx 160yd of DK or 10ply merino for the standard height version or approx 180yd for the taller slouchy option; you can make a bunch of these for gifts and for yourself; classic unisex gender-neutr...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This interlinked pattern of cables features twisted knit stitches throughout for a strong textured look. Approx 160yd of DK or 10ply merino for the standard height version or approx 180yd for the taller slouchy option; you can make a bunch of these for gifts and for yourself; modern unisex gender-neutral design will never go out of style.
Crochet: Cowl
On the Marvel TV series, the character Jessica Jones wears a classic long woven-looking grey wrap scarf that has seen better days.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Requiring five 100g skeins of fingering-weight 4ply merino yarn (390yd each) and 3.5mm needles, this squishy garter wrap might at first seem like a daunting task… but, the panels work up quickly with the pattern always changing to provide interest while you knit, and the rows never get too long; making it so easy to work “just one more section”...
Crochet: Cowl
There’s something a bit luxurious about layered fabrics… and they are so snuggly-warm to wear! This loose cowl can be worn with the openwork trellis facing outwards so you can show off the stitch pattern with the rich lining colour peeping through - or for a sleeker look, flip it the other way around so only the lightly textured lining layer is...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A simple fluffy fuzzy hat… with a smooth merino brim for those people who don’t enjoy getting fluff in their eyes and noses (everyone) and an optional giant pompom for those who love giant pompoms… (maybe everyone?)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
One rainy day at a city intersection, three people under wet umbrellas were waiting to cross. One umbrella was silver, one was deep charcoal, and one was bright luminous green. This colour combination stuck with me and by the time i got home, I had sketched up my Downpour wrap! Of course i had to use the same three colours which caught my eye o...
Knitting: Cowl
On the Marvel TV series, the character Jessica Jones wears a classic long woven-looking grey wrap scarf that has seen better days.
Knitting: Cowl
There’s something a bit luxurious about layered fabrics… and they are so snuggly-warm to wear! This loose cowl can be worn with the openwork lattice facing outwards so you can show off the stitch pattern with the rich lining colour peeping through - or for a sleeker look, flip it the other way around so only the smooth lining layer is visible.
Knitting: Poncho
Just perfect for braving the outdoors on a blustery day… or lounging at home in front of the fire… or working at your desk in the middle of winter when all you want to do is wrap up in a snuggly blanket!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
** 2018/01 - pattern updated to correct a row numbering issue that i discovered in the crown shaping section. also added a handy note about the crown shaping which should clarify a point of confusion in the original version. all buyers from now on will have the correct version available **
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
“The Topography Collection: Exploring Landscapes” - a series of original shawl designs celebrating aspects and features of our natural world.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This quick-to-knit and festive long scarf-style wrap is designed to show off at Christmas time but can be worn all year round - it’s more subtle than a santa sweater! Great Christmas gift idea and make one for yourself too :)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Living in Auckland New Zealand, sunshowers are a very common way to get rained on - especially at this time of year coming into spring - and even more so, this year in particular.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Nothing beats a simple, clean, classic design. And what is simpler or more classic than a basic unisex ribbed beanie? In five sizes, there’s something for everyone’s head.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Who doesn’t love a string of colourful bunting flags fluttering in the breeze? They remind me of celebrations… weekends… summer… parties… holidays! This shawl has a built-in border of bunting which runs all along the trailing edge. Every time you complete a section of the pattern you get one more bunting point.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
For any fans of the show this is one of the most recognisable symbols and makes a striking and bold statement which suits the characteristics of knitted fabric. The motif is duplicate-stitched (sewn) after the fabric has been knit so there’s no 2-colour knitting involved. Links to tutorials are provided.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A geological intrusion is a formation of igneous (volcanic) rock which cools and hardens underground. Magma pushes its way into the existing crust, finding weak spots and cracks, forming sills and dykes of new mineral sandwiched between the older rock layers.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sharktooth is a really simple triangular shawl with basic shaping which uses one skein of 4ply plus some contrast yarn. Approx 420-430yd of main and 155-160yd of contrast. You can use 4ply or 2ply for the contrast, just make sure the colour is different enough that it stands out.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A simple classic fitted beanie with a neat folded brim, and a fun playful motif which is eye-catching but not complicated to make.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
So named because of how the stitch patterns refract through the centre line at the colour change and exit at the opposite angle, this shawl explores simple textures and colour blocking, and produces a finished piece which looks much more complicated to make than it actually is.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A simple geometric textural shawl with a centre decrease feature and an overall asymmetric triangle shape. The centre stitch changes colour with each row giving interest detail to the otherwise basic colour blocking. Use contrasting or complementary yarns for a different look!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Pigeon tracks march downwards across the garter stitch, only to be met by cat footprints stalking sideways around the curve of the shawl. A simple slipped stitch fleck is scattered across the garter stitch border to finish. This shawl uses 3 x 100g skeins of 4ply to complete, and is a generous size.
Knitting: Hot Water Bottle
For those wanting a basic but functional cover for your family’s hot water bottles… here is the solution. The Minimalist Hottie Sack is knit in the round with ribbing top and bottom. The tall ribbed cuff stretches to insert the bottle and then contracts neatly to provide some padding over the bottle neck, and stop the bottle sliding out.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
NOTE - this 2017 pattern has been completely redesigned (Feb 2019) with different construction method, different shape, and a double knitted crown with centered double decreases instead of separate single knitting and leaning decreases (as in this older pattern). For that reason i do not consider them similar enough to combine as one design. Th...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Did you know there is a way to knit perfect stripes in the round without having the messy ‘step up’ bit (jog) at the start of each round, and without having to fuss with carrying unused colours in a scruffy float up the inside of the project, between stripes?
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Especially for cat lovers everywhere… Pawprints are an iconic feline signature that all people who have ever been owned by a cat will instantly recognise. But the benefit of knitted pawprints is: there’s no muddy mess to clean up!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Texture and colour combine to evoke the bright sky and rough black rock of the climb to the summit of Rangitoto Island, a young but dormant basalt volcano in Auckland New Zealand.
Knitting: Skirt
When my Nanna wished to express that something might not be quite up to scratch, she would say that it was a bit “ropey”. This skirt went through two prototypes before it was right, and the first one was definitely ropey in terms of fit. But now the ropeyness is 100% supplied by the knotwork and cables :)
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Most striking worked in two contrasting colours, this beanie can also be knit in two similar colours, or even in a single colour - since the stitch pattern does not rely on colour alone for its impact.
Knitting: Cowl
Designed especially for a single (approx) 400yd skein of 4ply gradient-dyed ombre yarn, but can be made with two balls of contrasting colour if required.
Knitting: Poncho
This 4ply poncho will look best in a monochrome palette with the bottom of the sea and island being the darkest shade, the sea and top of the sky in the mid tone, and the lower sky knit in the palest shade. You will need two 100g skeins of the dark, and one each of the mid and pale. You will have some yarn remaining of each colour. (Some 4ply h...
Crochet: Bracelet
Cotton yarn recommended, but other yarns can also be substituted for different results.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Big Ombre will be your cool-weather friend… cosy and comforting, warm and soft to snuggle. From wrap to knee-rug to muffler, it will become a go-to piece in your wardrobe.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
So named because it is always better to be sure of your measurements before committing to the cut! The icord which forms the foundation of the structure is not finalised until you reach the end of the piece.
Crochet: Fingerless Gloves
Crochet can be seen as bulky and inflexible compared to knitting, but the stitch used in these mitts is much less so, leaving a lightweight and comfortable mitt which is great for those transition seasons.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
With a tiny cast on and bind off, you will enjoy working this wrap because you can just knit the pattern the entire time, with no boring bits at the start and finish!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This pattern is offered free forever with just one size (baby-toddler) which should fit ages from 3-6 months up to 2-3 years - the beanie has a surprising amount of stretch!
Knitting: Cowl
Sometimes, simple and cosy is all you need. This pattern is designed to showcase that one skein of special DK-weight yarn that you’ve been hoarding… and because a cowl is worn near your face, you can be sure everyone will admire your new creation - and you can snuggle your favourite yarn every time you wear it!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Cuffs
Sometimes… having a whole mitten or glove on your hand doesn’t feel comfortable. Sometimes, you just wish your sleeves were a bit longer, and you find yourself tugging at the cuff to pull it down over your hands.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This beanie was inspired by socks! Odd thing to say, but true.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless mitts are extremely handy (sorry!) because not only do they keep you warm, but they also don’t stop you doing precise and important tasks - like txting, or eating ;)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
this shawl is designed for two 100g skeins of DK where the darker one at least, is a gradient. however, you can of course knit it on 4ply or any other weight, adjusting needle size to suit - and you can knit it as large as you like. you can also knit it in a single colour or a single gradient - the choice is all yours!
Knitting: Cowl
Have you ever had a skein of yarn that was so gorgeous that you just wanted to hang it around your neck without even knitting it? Well… this is the next best thing!
Knitting: Boot Cuffs / Toppers
Boot cuffs, boot toppers, boot liners, leg warmers… they have so many names. Whatever you call them, they add a cool decorative touch to any style of boot, without creating uncomfortable bulk around your feet. They will also cushion your bare leg from the rubbing that some boot tops can cause.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Strange name for a shawl, you might think? But I had two reasons for this.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Awake! came about as i was opening my eyes one lazy morning. In my mind’s eye, I suddenly saw this design - finished and knitted - in a warm sunny yellow. The rows of eyelets seemed to me to be like rays of sunlight streaming to the ground.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Winter is coming…
Knitting: Cowl
This pattern is intended to be an ADD-ON, not a full standalone pattern; the overall construction is based on the Concertina Cowl (available in my store).
Crochet: Cowl
This simple pattern is worked flat and then joined with a twist to form a mobius, and following that a simple picot edging is worked, all without cutting the yarn! just two ends to sew in :)
Knitting: Cowl
This pattern has instructions for DK or worsted weight yarn. Gauge is not crucial, and you can easily knit a longer cowl if you wish; the pattern gives the multiplier.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern requires 4 skeins of Malabrigo Finito organic merino in the following colourways: chispas, arco iris, indiecita, azules. These colours were selected to most closely match the scenic location ‘Hamurana Springs’ in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This pattern is designed to fit an average adult female, and is not a close-fitting garment. However there is a simple method to convert the available instructions for a smaller or larger fit, if necessary.
Knitting: Cowl
Worked from the bottom up, this design shows off gradient yarns beautifully but looks just as stunning with a lovely semi-solid or striped yarn.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
requires 90m of green 4ply and 20m of black
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This pattern is written to fit school age children to adult as ‘one size’ however smaller sizes can be made with a smaller size knitting needle.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Beanie, Toque
This pattern is two-in-one. The beanie is KNITTED, the mitts are CROCHETED.
Crochet: Fingerless Gloves
Pattern produces mitt with the following dimensions when laid flat: 6 inches long, 3 inches across cuff, 4 inches across widest point. To produce a smaller mitt, use a smaller crochet hook. To produce an adult-size mitt, use a larger hook with heavier yarn (some experimentation will be required).