Posts about design

Crystalline Shawl - pattern development and inspiration

20 July 2017

It’s no secret that I have a thing for geometric forms in knitting (see Cerys Hexagon Blanket pattern), but it might the inspiration often comes from surprising places. In the case of my new shawl pattern, Crystalline, it was a stroll down London’s famous... Read more

New FO: Nursery

8 February 2017

You may have already gathered that I am preparing for a new arrival of the small human variety (due in just two weeks!). This has given me the opportunity to work on a creative project of a… Read more

Find us in LoveKnitting's winter catalogue Scandinavian Design feature

28 January 2016

Our pattern is featured in LoveKnitting’s 2016 winter catalogue as part of their Scandinavian Design collection. Our passion for Scandinavian style is no secret so we’re delighted to be featured in this beautiful collection. For ultimate… Read more

New free pattern: Mitt-o-matic...it's interactive!

3 December 2015

is my first ever interactive knitting pattern. It’s an idea I’ve been thinking about for some time and a simple enough concept; enter a few measurements into a web form, some maths is done behind the scenes,… Read more

Art & design in Malmö and Copenhagen

28 October 2015

I just got back from another Scandinavian trip, this time browsing the museums and design shops of Malmö and Copenhagen. There was so much inspiration it is difficult to squeeze it into a single post.… Read more

The Knitting & Stitching Show 2015: Knitting and spinning highlights

13 October 2015

Obviously, it’s the knitting and yarn stands I’m most eager to check out at Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, but this aspect has left me disappointed in past years. Each year I am hopeful… Read more

A simple sweater

6 May 2015

Sometimes (in fact most of the time) simple is best. I finished this simple sweater in January and it quickly became a wardrobe staple for the chilly season. This was knitted using Barbara G Walker’s… Read more

Kaffe Fassett - A Life In Colour exhibition at Fashion and Textile Museum

6 June 2013

Tucked away in a quiet street near London Bridge station is the Fashion and Textile Museum, an amazing resource that until a couple of days ago I did not know existed. Founded by Zandra Rhodes,… Read more

Introducing the Knitting Chart Sketch Toy!

10 February 2013

The is a little tool I’ve built to help with designing stranded and intarsia knitting patterns. I have long been frustrated with how hard it is to sketch out colour-work ideas. I like to work… Read more

In the studio

14 April 2009

It’s been three years since I last had a desk at home, but look at our amazing new studio! It’s hard to believe my sewing machine, laptop and design materials now have a proper home.… Read more

Design tools

25 March 2009

  I’ve started sketching out a few new garments with the help of Fashion Templates’ free technical templates. The female torso template is proportioned like an Olympic swimmer but it’s fine for sketching out ideas. They do paid ones… Read more

Design bytes

25 March 2009

Things I’ve been looking at on the web… Inspiration There’s just about time to catch the Tsars exhibition at V&A before it closes this weekend, worth a look for the fantastic military jackets. I’ve long been interested… Read more