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eBook : 11 patterns

This book is available in print from the Kate Davies online shop.

eBook : 2 patterns

This tunic-length sweater features a striking cable panel and set-in sleeves for a sleek and tailored look. The pattern covers ten sizes from a 32” to a 50” bust with a classic style to suit all body shapes. The Catkin sweater is worked seamlessly in the round, from the bottom up, and the sleeves are then set in, using short rows, from the top down. Instructions are also included in this pattern booklet for the simple, slouchy Catkin Hat, which will knit up quickly over the course of an evening or two, and will allow you to test your gauge and to familarise yourself with the cable pattern before embarking on the sweater.

eBook : 10 patterns

The print edition of Colours of Shetland is currently available from Kate’s online bookshop and from yarn stores and bookshops worldwide (find your nearest retailer here).

eBook : 2 patterns

This 8 page booklet brings the patterns for the Paper Dolls sweater and the Dollheid tam together in a single one-price download.

eBook : 2 patterns

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eBook : 13 patterns

The Book of Haps

eBook : 2 patterns

One download includes patterns for both hat & gauntlets.

eBook : 3 patterns

The three hats in this collection are all, in one way or another, inspired by the landscape, culture and history around me in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

eBook : 11 patterns

This book available in print from the Kate Davies online shop.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Mittens
Pink Fish
Knitting: Cardigan
This classic cardigan was inspired by one of my favourite Edinburgh places - the Braid Hills. Covered with golden gorse in the Spring and early Summer, “The Braids” are a wonderful place for a walk, and a great viewpoint from which to enjoy Edinburgh’s spectacular landscape.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat was inspired by John Clappison’s ‘onion’ cruet design for Hornsea Pottery (1963). Combining colourwork and cables, it is also a fun knit. During the design process, onion became fun-ion, which in turn morphed into fun-yin (which translates from Scots as one-that-is-fun, or that-fun-thing). I hope you have fun knitting yourself a Funyin!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Inspired by a beautiful Kashmir shawl at Gawthorpe Hall, these gauntlets, with matching, accompanying yoke sweater celebrate the life and work of Rachel Kay Shuttleworth, who founded a wonderful textile collection for future generations to enjoy.
Knitting: Pullover
Inspired by a beautiful Kashmir shawl at Gawthorpe Hall, this yoke sweater with matching, separate gauntlets celebrates the life and work of Rachel Kay Shuttleworth, who founded a wonderful textile collection for future generations to enjoy.
Knitting: Cardigan
A timeless fitted cardigan with slipped stitch patterning and neat set-in sleeves
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This cosy hat, with a graphic crown and an optional pompom, is based on the same chart as my Epistrophy yoke (hence Epistrop-heid).
Knitting: Mittens
These graphic mittens are worked at a tight gauge to create a cosy, windproof fabric. They feature an inset thumb and a neat i-cord finish to the cuff. They use the same graphic colourwork pattern as my Epistrophy cardigan and Epistropheid hat designs.
Knitting: Beret, Tam, Beanie, Toque
Knitting: Beret, Tam, Beanie, Toque
Knitting: Bracelet
Oobit is a wonderful Scots word meaning “big, hairy caterpillar” - a creature which these felted bracelets somewhat resemble. “Oo” is also the Shetland term for wool, and the bracelet is designed to make use of bits of oo … hence, an oo-bit! Oobit also recalls orbit, suggesting something circular or revolving - so all told, Oobit really is...
Knitting: Hanging Ornament
In Scots, a whigmaleerie is: “a decorative or fanciful object, a piece of ornamentation …a knick-knack, gew-gaw, bauble, fantastic contrivance, or contraption.” (Dictionary of the Scots Language). In other words, a whigmaleerie is a wee thingumajig, of the kind folk often like to hang on trees at this festive time of year. Why not whip up ...
Knitting: Hanging Ornament
In Scots, a whigmaleerie is: “a decorative or fanciful object, a piece of ornamentation …a knick-knack, gew-gaw, bauble, fantastic contrivance, or contraption.” (Dictionary of the Scots Language). In other words, a whigmaleerie is a wee thingumajig, of the kind folk often like to hang on trees at this festive time of year. Why not whip up ...
Knitting: Slippers
Baffies is the Scots word for house slippers, and these two-colour baffies have a neat and nifty construction. Choose between a plain or stranded version, both of which are quick and peculiarly addictive to knit. Will one pair be enough?
Knitting: Cowl
Knitting: Mittens
Kokkeluri, or muckle (big) kokkeluri are Shetland dialect terms for the ox-eye daisy - a familiar wayside sight all over Scotland in Spring and Summer. On the mainland, the word is sometimes rendered differently - cockaloorie - and is a generic term for any big, blousy flower. With their large floral motifs and their densely stranded palms, thes...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Knitting: Cardigan
Wowligan (wee owligan)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Pattern includes charts, charted instructions, full written instructions and a schematic.
Knitting: Cardigan
Exceptionally cosy winter cardigan in super-bulky yarn.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sideways-knit, garter stitch hap or wrap, featuring sweeping openwork points
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These mitts offer a contemporary interpretation of the graphic and striking two-colour gloves traditionally knitted in Dentdale and the Scottish Borders. Ecclefechan is a small Borders’ town, well-known as the birthplace of historian and satirist Thomas Carlyle, and famed for its tasty tarts, a recipe for which is also included with the pattern.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
This design is now available to purchase as an individual download.
Knitting: Hot Water Bottle
Knit yourself a seasonal mini-hot water bottle cosy complete with i-cord fastening and jolly pompoms!
Knitting: Cardigan
Inspired by the silvery, ovular shapes of Firth o’ Forth oysters, this drapey cardigan is worked all-in-one piece, over an easy-to-memorise lace pattern.
Knitting: Pullover, Collar
A cosy gansey, with seamless construction, saddle-shoulder shaping, twisted-stitch cables, and a detachable cowl-collar, inspired by the maritime heritage of the Port o’ Leith.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The hat for tea drinkers!
Knitting: Cardigan
Knitting: Pullover
This pattern was updated in June 2013:
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This simple, slouchy hat features a striking twisted-stitch cable panel
Knitting: Pullover
This tunic-length sweater features a striking twisted-stitch cable panel and set-in sleeves for a sleek and tailored look. The pattern covers ten sizes from a 32” to a 50” bust with a classic style to suit all body shapes. Catkin is worked seamlessly in the round, from the bottom up, and the sleeves are then set in, using short rows, from the to...
Knitting: Cowl
Circular Fair Isle wrap to ward off chill Highland breezes.
Knitting: Pet Clothing
This design is a collaboration between Kate Davies and Sandra Manson, of Jamieson and Smith. It features Kate’s original ’Rams and Yowes’ charts and was designed and knitted for Sandra’s Yorkshire Terrier, Toby, whose distinctive knitwear makes him Shetland’s best turned-out canine!
Knitting: Mittens, Fingerless Gloves
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A quintessentially seasonal colourwork hat featuring a striking snowflake design and an (optional) giant pompom.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This kep was designed in celebration of Shetland Wool Week 2012, and the pattern was produced at the Shetland Museum with the help of my workshop participants: Victoria Wickham, Shelly Kocan, Tania Ashton Jones, Susan Freeman, Evelyn Mackenzie, Emily Poleson, Mandy Moore, Mary Pirie, Aileen Ryder, Outi Kater, Joyce James, Tori Seirestad, Charlot...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These nifty fingerless gloves are perfect for keeping the chill off your hands on a brisk Autumn day. They are a quick-to-knit project, showcasing the beautiful seasonal colours of Donegal tweed -- why not make several pairs?
Knitting: Coffee / Tea Pot
Sheep Carousel
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap, Throw
This richly coloured wrap or blanket was inspired by medieval tapestries. Tír Chonaill was the name of the last independent Gaelic sovereignty in Ireland: a kingdom which, until the Flight of the Earls in 1607, covered most of what later became County Donegal.
Knitting: Cardigan
Bláithín is an Irish name meaning “little flower”
Knitting: Cardigan
Junior version of the Bláithín design for toddlers and girls.
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
This stranded colourwork infinity scarf was inspired by old-fashioned woven gingham. Knit in the round, and then grafted to form a loop, the scarf showcases a simple gridded check that is most often used as a background or filler to more complex colourwork designs, but which I think looks lovely on its own.
Knitting: Throw
This lap blanket features a handsome flock of 48 rams and 120 yowes (ewes). It is worked in all 9 natural shades of Jamieson & Smith’s ‘supreme’ jumper weight and celebrates the marvelous, many-hued variety of Shetland sheep.
Knitting: Muff
In Scots, “muckle” is an emphatic expression meaning much, or large, and this cosy colourwork skater’s muff is “muckle” in these senses. The name of this design is also a shout-out to Mary-Jane Mucklestone: the colourwork pattern I have used here is no.172 in her book 200 Fairisle Motifs - an invaluable tome which should be on every knitter’s bo...
Knitting: Pullover
This pattern covers 7 sizes from 32” - 50” bust.
Knitting: Cowl
A dramatic stranded colourwork moebius inspired by the mosaic pavements of Funchal. Surprisingly simple to knit, the Funchal Moebius can be worn several different ways as wrap, cowl, scarf or hood.
Knitting: Mittens
Sizing
Knitting: Beret, Tam
A celebration of Shetland sheep shades for Shetland wool week!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Peerie flooers means “little flowers” in Shetland dialect.
Knitting: Pullover
Raglan smock with inset pockets, cowl neck, and raglan shaping.
Knitting: Mittens, Beret, Tam
Bach-inspired colourwork tam and mittens, each featuring a single vikkel braid.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Tam measures 10 inches in diameter and 8 inches in depth.
Knitting: Beret, Tam, Beanie, Toque
Yarn: 6 shades of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 ply (or other fingering-weight yarn that knits to gauge). This sample was knit in Poppy, Whin, Selkie, Pebble Beach, Machair, and Solan Goose. The hat uses less than 10g of each shade, so is good for using up leftovers from other colourwork projects.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These gauntlets complement the Tortoise and Hare sweater and feature many of the same design elements, including a triple vikkel braid and stranded colourwork.
Knitting: Pullover
Sizing:
Knitting: Cardigan
Pleated yoke cardigan with wee pockets and icord edging
Knitting: Cardigan
pleated yoke cardigan with deep pockets and i-cord edging.
Knitting: Headband
wwwww = wazz’s woollen winter walking wardrobe.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
neep heid (pronounced neeeep heeeed) is a traditional colourwork tam, worked in my favourite Shetland yarn.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
fun colourwork tam.
Knitting: Pullover
Fun summer hoody, knit top-down and in the round
Knitting: Shrug / Bolero
Light summer shrug with cables and lace
Knitting: Pullover
an o w l sweater for babies and kids.
Knitting: Pullover
Sizes: