May 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in petal lace, stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
369 yards (337 m)
one size
low vision format available
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This pattern is available from for £5.00.

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Idlewild is the name Anne of Green Gables gives to the playhouse she shares with Diana, set amongst a ring of white birch trees in what Anne describes as “the most romantic spot”. Romantic is right; in deep red with tiny spots of pink and with ever-deepening rings of petal lace, Idlewild nods to the beauty of nature.

The same petal lace and deep red yarn were used to knit Roseability, a garment design of mine (coming July 2022!), which is named after a song by the band Idlewild. The two patterns are intrinsically linked - one might even say kindred spirits.


Idlewild comes in one size.

After blocking:

  • The neck opening measures 26” / 66cm circumference
  • The total height is 20” / 51cm, although this drops a little when blocking pins are removed
  • The total width is 20” / 51cm, of which 13” / 33cm is the neck opening and 7” / 18cm is the back depth


yarn over
knit 2 together
slip slip knit

Other Techniques

garter tab cast on
binding off

Sample Details

Yarn: Giddy Aunt Yarns Merino DK, “Ruby Slippers”


Idlewild includes two versions of the pattern: the main version, and a second version designed for low vision and screen reader users.

Both versions of the pattern are colour blind friendly.

The accessible version of the pattern has:

  • 24 point sans-serif font (Arial) throughout
  • Fully saturated black text on white background
  • Single column layout
  • Left-aligned text
  • No italics
  • No header or footer – just page numbers (bottom left)
  • Consistent use of heading tags for easy navigation
  • Internal links to aid navigation
  • All instructions written out in text without reliance on diagrams or charts
  • All words written out in full (i.e. no abbreviations)
  • No bulleted lists
  • No tables
  • Tested with screen readers

You can read full details here: Accessible Patterns