Vikki Bird

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eBook : 3 patterns

The socks in the Knit Night Collection are knitted from the toe up and use a gusset and heel flap construction, shaped with short rows. The socks have a pattern on the instep and around the leg, while the sole is knitted in stocking stitch. The gusset length is affected by your row/round gauge, so a small amount of optional maths is included to achieve the perfect fit.

eBook : 2 patterns

As a child, I used to love reading vintage boarding-school stories, and always imagined that the girls in them would wear cute little ruffled socks while eating their midnight feasts and drinking ginger beer. The Midnight feasts collection pays homage to these books with a series of cute ankle socks, all featuring a frill around the cuff: show them off by wearing them with circle skirts and Mary-Jane shoes, or let the cuff peep out of the top of a pair of ankle boots for a really cute look. All the socks in the collection are knitted from the top down using a standard heel flap and gusset construction. The ruffled frill and first half of the turned-back cuff are knitted first, then inverted using a short row before knitting the rest of the sock. The foot length of the socks is adjustable to fit.

eBook : 2 patterns

Celebrate spring with the Peter Rabbit blanket and cushion. These patterns are perfect for spring and they’re both knitted in chunky weight yarn, so are ideal to knit as gifts for any new babies. You can alter the background colour so that the set fits in whatever the colour scheme of your nursery.

eBook : 3 patterns

The Reach for the Stars ebook contains all three rocket-themed Reach for the Stars patterns: a baby blanket, children’s jumper and cushion. Each pattern can also be purchased individually.

eBook : 3 patterns

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Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Wall Hanging
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
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Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Dip stitches create shapes that are reminiscent of the seed heads that we see growing in the fields and hedgerows in the UK. These Seed Head socks incorporate plenty of these dip stitches to create seed heads that sit on either side of a central, cabled stem. The dip stitches have the added advantage of being a lot of fun to knit, and once you ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
When I’m out and about, or at home on the sofa watching TV, I like to knit socks that are just one step up from vanilla: socks that have just enough patterning to keep me interested and to mark progress. Hiding in the Bamboo are just that: the socks feature an all-over rib-pattern that is easy to memorize, with just two rows that are different ...
Knitting: Ankle Sock
As a child, I used to love reading vintage boarding-school stories, and always imagined that the girls in them would wear cute little ruffled socks while eating their midnight feasts and drinking ginger beer. The Effie socks are the second in a series of sock patterns: the Midnight feasts collection, which pays homage to these books with a seri...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The Spinnaker Socks feature a stitch pattern that I stumbled across while looking for something else entirely and loved how the addition of a few simple slipped stitches added so much texture to basic garter stitch triangles. The triangles made me think of sails, so I’ve named these socks after the Spinnaker Tower, a tower in Portsmouth that is...
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
Looking to add a little tropical to your living room? Look no further with this bold palm-frond intarsia cushion cover!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
I’ve always been a fan of simple geometric patterns, and spent hours colouring books full of them when I was little. Now I like to knit them, and find their repetitive nature meditative to knit. Add a bright contrast pop and you have a real stand-out item of knitwear!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I’ve always been a fan of simple geometric patterns, and spent hours colouring books full of them when I was little. Now I like to knit them, and find their repetitive nature meditative to knit. Add a bright contrast pop and you have a real stand-out item of knitwear
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I have a large collection of variegated yarns and always struggle to find patterns that won’t be overwhelmed by the yarn. One solution is to knit what is essentially a vanilla sock with a slipped stitch detail, an idea that led me to my Siren song socks. The stitch pattern is used in a single panel along one edge of each foot (the socks are a m...
Knitting: Cowl
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Knitting: Ankle Sock
As a child, I used to love reading vintage boarding-school stories, and always imagined that the girls in them would wear cute little ruffled socks while eating their midnight feasts and drinking ginger beer. The Bobby socks are the first in a series of sock patterns: the Midnight feasts collection, which pays homage to these books with a serie...
Knitting: Pullover
The Reach for the Stars children’s jumper is part of the Reach for the Stars collection. Each item in the collection features a brightly coloured space rocket with a fiery trail, inspired by one of my children’s favourite toys. The design is perfect for all future astronauts!
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
The Reach for the Stars cushion is part of the Reach for the Stars collection. Each item in the collection features a brightly coloured space rocket with a fiery trail, inspired by one of my children’s favourite toys.
Crochet: Baby Blanket
Several years ago I wrote a pattern for a knitted blanket featuring fluffy white clouds on a sky blue background. A design classic, the pattern became an instant bestseller. Not wanting crocheters to be left out, here is a pattern for a crochet version.
Knitting: Vest
Do you like vintage-inspired children’s clothing? Well, I might have just the thing: the Little sailor vest. This pattern was originally published in I Like Knitting magazine (April 2018), in baby sizes; in my newly-published version, I’ve expanded the sizing up to age 8, so you can make the vest for your bigger kids too.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
The Tessellate baby blanket (originally published in Knit Now issue 86) is a bold, high contrast design, inspired by patchwork and quilting. The blanket features a strong geometric design created using simple two colour squares that are knitted on the diagonal – this blanket makes excellent TV knitting, and is a great portable project. You coul...
Knitting: Ankle Sock
One of my favourite ways of showcasing stitch patterns is to knit them into socks; by the time you have got to grips with the stitch pattern you are ready to tackle the heel, so socks always have something interesting going on, even if the pattern is the same throughout the sock. I found this stitch pattern in a stitch dictionary while looking ...
Knitting: Pullover
Narwhals are my favourite of the ‘mythical’ beasts, mostly because they are real! This cheeky narwhal will delight children and adults alike.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
Unicorns are currently everywhere, and this is my cheerful take on the trend. The cushion, featuring the silhouette of a unicorn’s head, is knitted in a bright rainbow palette of self-striping yarn. The unicorn motif is added using a combination of intarsia and stranded colourwork in order to maintain the stripe pattern across the whole unicorn...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
My friend Fay recently started dyeing yarn under the name Bea and Rose, and her colourways are beautiful. I was delighted when she suggested we work on a collaboration together, and this is what we came up with. The colours in the yarn echo the yellows of wheat fields, a theme that is reflected in the lacy wheat stitch pattern the makes up the ...
Knitting: Pullover
From Breton with Love is inspired by my day to day wardrobe, which features an awful lot of Breton-striped t-shirts. One day I decided that it would be really cute if my daughter could almost but not quite match me when we’re out and about, and this is what I came up with.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
I met my friend Amy several years ago while we were both studying for PhDs. While we were both living in Durham we met for lunch every week and happily discussed all manner of things. It soon emerged that we were both keen crafters, enjoying everything from children’s crafts (we were also involved in GirlGuiding) to crochet to knitting. When Am...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
While I have met many knitters through physical knit nights and local events, the majority of the people I ‘talk’ to about knitting are people that I have met online (through Ravelry, various Facebook groups, Instagram and via my blog, www.vikkibirddesigns.com), where every knitter can find their own niche. Sara Elin was one of the early reader...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
This unisex blanket featuring an array of bunny silhouettes is the perfect addition to any baby’s nursery.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
This unisex cushion featuring a bunny silhouette is the perfect addition to any baby’s nursery.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
The Reach for the Stars blanket is knitted from the bottom up, with a moss stitch border that is knitted at the same time as the central panel; the rocket motif is incorporated using intarsia. The blanket is knitted in chunky weight yarn, making it a quick knit, suitable for intermediate level knitters. The blanket measures 89.5 x 95 cm (35.25 ...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
When I was little I used to love playing with my Mum’s stash of buttons, now I’m an adult with children of my own I have a pretty extensive stash of buttons, and my love of buttons inspired this design. Granny’s button jar features rainbow-coloured intarsia buttons in a bright-pastel palette on a neutral background.
Knitting: Cowl
The Snowflake infinity scarf features a tesselating snowflake design based on traditional Scandinavian knitting. The infinity scarf is designed to be long enough to wrap round the neck twice for extra warmth. The Snowflake infinity scarf is knitted as a long tube in the round with the pattern being incorporated using stranded colourwork. The tu...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
For years I said that I was not going to knit socks, then I started going to a local knitting group and every week watched my new friend Lynda knit sock after sock; when I caved and bought my first sock yarn, she appeared with several books on knitting socks and after my first pair I was hooked. These socks are my thank you to Lynda for introdu...
Knitting: Pullover
A few years ago I designed a Christmas jumper featuring a reindeer for my then toddler son, now he has a toddler sister and it’s time to design a Christmas jumper for her. Penguins are one of my favourite Christmas motifs, so it seemed obvious to include one on a jumper.
Knitting: Cardigan
The Barley Twist cardigan is my take on a traditional raglan children’s cardigan. Sometimes I want to knit something simple, but with little details that maintain my interest as a knitter: the Barley Twist cardigan ticks those boxes. The raglan lines feature cabled details, and the A-line shape stops the body being endless stocking stitch! The ...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
The woodland theme is a perenial favourite for nurseries, and this blanket fits right in! The Hedgehog and Hoglets blanket features a cute little hedgehog family, with two baby hedgehogs (hoglets) following their mum.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
The Snowflake cushion celebrates one of my favourite types of weather: snow. Snowflakes are famed for their six-fold symmetry and each one being unique.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Harvest’s Bounty was created for my daughter’s first autumn. It’s a quick and simple pattern, and would make the perfect gift for any new baby, or an excellent novelty hat for any other age group. The hat is also ideal as a Halloween or harvest accessory.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Flying high is a baby blanket featuring a bold kite in a clear blue sky with brightly coloured ribbons trailing from the tail.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Busy buzzy bumble bee is a baby blanket featuring a friendly bumble bee flying through the air.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
I love buying skeins of beautiful hand-dyed yarn, then petting them and staring at the gorgeous colours, but I don’t always love the pooling when they’re knitted up! The Shake It Up mitts feature a slipped cable stitch pattern that is worked without a cable needle and breaks up the colours as they are knitted, eliminating the pooling.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
The Knitbots is a baby blanket featuring six baby-friendly brightly-coloured robots interspersed with some rainbow-striped squares.
Knitting: Afghan block
Ronnie the robot is a blanket square pattern featuring a full intarsia tutorial with lots of photographs to help you. The pattern also contains sections on Swiss darning (duplicate stitch) and blocking.
Knitting: Bedspread, Baby Blanket
Late in 2014 cables finally clicked with me, so when it was time to knit a blanket for my new nephew a cabled blanket seemed an obvious choice. I wanted to knit cables that were intricate, but easy to memorise, and Pargetry is what I came up with. My brother came up with the name when he saw me knitting one of the many test swatches and saying ...
Knitting: Pullover
One of my son’s surprise hit presents a few Christmas’ ago was a gingerbread man towelling bath toy. My son loved him and took him to bed with him every night, so it seemed appropriate that I should design and knit a gingerbread man jumper. I named the pattern Can’t Catch Me! after the children’s fairy tale The Gingerbread Man.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Foxes have been one of my favourite animals ever since reading Fantasitc Mr Fox as a child. My Fantastical Fox Hat is a homage to the humble fox.
Knitting: Convertible Gloves
Foxes have been one of my favourite animals ever since reading Fantastic Mr Fox as a child. My Fantastical Fox Mitts are a homage to the humble fox.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Apple for Teacher was created for a teacher friend’s first baby. Quick and simple, it makes the perfect gift for any new baby, or is an excellent novelty hat for any other age group.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
You’ll be on cloud nine with this soft and cosy blanket, featuring fluffy little clouds in a blue summer sky.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Vroom vroom, beep beep is a baby blanket featuring a repeated intarsia car motif in an array of bright colours and is perfect for any car-loving baby boy (or girl). The pattern is knitted in four vertical strips that are then stitched together using mattress stitch; this approach makes the knitting more portable and means you don’t have to keep...
Knitting: Electronics Cozy
Keep your precious gadgets safe with this pretty cosy, featuring a peacock feather stranded motif.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Susie’s Rainbow was designed for a friend’s baby; I wanted a striking knit that wouldn’t take too long to complete, but that had more interest than a basic patterned baby blanket. The blanket measures 90 x 90 cm, sized to fit a pram, stroller, Moses basket or crib, and can also be rolled out on the floor and used as a playmat.
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Keep babies comfy and cosy in this gorgeous blanket with intarsia elephants - perfect for boys and girls alike.
Knitting: Cup / Mug
Heart warming was designed for a friend who was having a wedding in the UK, but lives in the USA, so requested only small gifts that she could easily take on the plane. Living in Florida, she and her husband have no need for my standard knitted gifts of hats and scarves and blankets, so I wondered what I could make instead. As my friend and I s...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Running out of time to make those last minute Christmas gifts? This quick and easy Christmas pudding hat makes the perfect stocking filler!
Knitting: Convertible Gloves
In the UK, Brownie leaders are called owls; Twit Twoo was written for a Brownie leader friend of mine who wanted a pair of owl-y mitts to wear to Brownie events. The mitts are fingerless with a flip top to keep your fingers warm whilst keeping them accessible for when you need them; instructions are given for both short and full thumbs. The sam...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
Nature’s Way is a baby blanket with a difference, featuring brightly coloured, nature-inspired intarsia motifs interspersed with plain squares.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Strawberry Fayre is a hat designed to look like a strawberry and can be worn to add a splash of colour to the cooler days of spring and autumn.
Knitting: Afghan block
Fly away home is the tenth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a smiling ladybird against a white background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished square measures 10...
Knitting: Afghan block
Rosy apple is the eighth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features an apple cross-section against a yellow background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished square measures...
Knitting: Afghan block
Succulent strawberry is the ninth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a plump, juicy strawberry against a yellow background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished squ...
Knitting: Afghan block
Boris the Snail is the sixth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a cheerful snail sat on some grass against an orange background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finishe...
Knitting: Afghan block
Bring me sunshine is the seventh in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a yellow sunshine against a blue background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished square measure...
Knitting: Afghan block
Flutter by, butterfly is the third in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a brightly coloured butterfly against a white background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished...
Knitting: Afghan block
Lazy Daisy is the fifth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a large cheerful daisy against a bright green background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished square mea...
Knitting: Afghan block
My little apple tree is the fourth in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features an apple tree with bright red apples against a green background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the f...
Knitting: Pullover
Rudi was born from a friend asking if we minded her wearing an awful Christmas jumper to our Christmas dinner. Of course no one minded. Then it got competitive; who could come up with the most awesome Christmas jumper? So I decided that knitting one for my son would be an excellent challenge, and be rather quicker than knitting an adult sized o...
Knitting: Afghan block
Pitter patter raindrops is the first in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a cloud and raindrops against a green background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished squar...
Knitting: Afghan block
Rainbow’s end is the second in a series that makes up my Nature’s way blanket, and features a rainbow on a lilac background. It can be knitted as a square in a blanket, used as a wash cloth, or the chart can be extracted and used as a motif for jumpers and other items. When knitted in DK weight yarn, the finished square measures 10 inches (25 c...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A rather cute Christmas knit, this hat makes a perfect stocking filler! The hat is knitted in the round in reverse stocking stitch, with the sauce knitted separately and stitched in place to give the hat a 3-dimensional feel. Finally the holly and berries are added separately.