It’s 2022 and What’s New?

Fergus The Bear Knitting Kit

My work continues at CLP in Watford with an 8 week course on zoom to knit a bear with a jumper- so no fair isle in the body just an option to create a jumper using colour work. I am also continuing teaching on my beginners knitting course face- to face and now all learners feel confident with the basics and some are already making small garments- what an amazing group.

This year I will be exhibiting and teaching a fair isle workshop at WAWS so do come and say hello. I will have a range of kits and yarns for sale as well as my published books.

In 2022 I will continue to design for Simply Knitting as well as for Rooster Yarns, UK Alpaca and Wensleydale Sheep Shop and hopefully will be commissioned to do a new book for Search Press.

With restrictions lifting I hope to run more workshops at my house in East Sussex as well as knitting shows and community groups and I am always up for working in new places so if you have ideas let me know.

The Knitting Designer


Exciting news, my first video has just been published on You Tube. It looks at how I think about designing my knitting patterns and how put my ideas into practice. I work from home and design knitting patterns for a number of yarn companies and magazines. I have just finished a design for a snood in the most beautiful wool and autumnal colours and I feel more inspired when I work with colours and yarns I love. My most popular design this autumn is for a matching hat and snood that was my best seller at The Knitting and Stitching show in London.

Knitting kit available from

Looking Forward to 2019

My new book Head To toe Winter Knits has been out for four weeks

Another year coming to an end and I am busy planning for 2019. I’ve attended more knitting shows running successful workshops in Fair isle, cable and lace and have been lucky to have many bookings for the coming year.

My new book Head To toe Winter Knits has been out for four weeks and at £9.99 it’s great value. My next book will be on fair isle knitting and not only will it have knitting patterns it will also feature 50 samples with grids and written instructions for you to try. Photography takes place in a couple of weeks which will be a new experience for me.

My website has been updated and now there are even more patterns and kits for sale. Workshops can now be booked online and you can now contact me with comments and questions.

I now stock a larger range of sock and lace yarns and kits all come with a free pattern.


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Book can be ordered from



Winter Knits and Workshops

Snuggling up for winter with fun knits

Do you like colour? This snood kit (featured above) enables you to choose 6 colours to create a fun, snuggly snood. For £20.00 you can create your own in a choice of colours.

Winter is the time to snuggle under the duvet with your favourite book and what’s more comforting than a hotwaterbottle, even better when it has a homemade coversheep-hot-water-bottle-cover-front



Learn a new skill and attend one of my workshops or book lessons for yourself or a group of friends.

The first workshop of 2017 on creative Fair Isle will take place in my home in East Sussex. Check out my website for more details. 


Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2017




Free Snood Knitting pattern from my book and Special Offer To Buy Knitting Kit and Book

Free pattern for one month only


This pattern is featured in The People’s Friend this month. Take advantage of the special offer to get the yarn and book for £28.00 inc p & p or the book for £5.50 including p & p.

I can even do dedicated signed copies if you let me have details.

This snood gives you the opportunity to practise Fair-Isle knitting in a small project.

Tip: Twist the yarn every 2 -3 sts to avoid large loops.

Special offer

Autumn Colours

Inspiration Through Colour

Just walked around Scotney Castle and felt very inspired by the changes of colour. It’s time to get the autumn yarns out and start designing and knitting a dress for my book. This will be a long project alongside other ones I have on the go.

Hmm! I think I will start with a mock cable rib, no cable needle required.

Why not use this rib instead of a traditional 2 x 2

Mock rib pattern (Multiples of 4 + 2)

Row 1 (Foundation Row)(RS): P2, * K2, P2, rep from * to end

Row 2 (WS): K2, *P1, YRN, P1, K2, rep from * to end

Row 3: P2, *K3, P2, rep from * to end

Row 4: K2, * P3, K2, rep from * to end

Row 5: P2, * K3, then pass the first of these sts over the last 2 sts and drop it, P2, rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 2 -5 until required length.


YRN: Yarn around needle (this makes one extra stitch)

Back to knitting now, let me know how you get on.





Knitter on the go

Deciding on projects

Just returned from The Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.  The Manos sock yarn, a baby dress designed by me, and my latest Poncho creation were best sellers. Very positive vibes from previous buyers gave me a feel good factor.

After a huge clear up and sort out I am ready to begin work on my next book which will be on Fair Isle knitting. I’m starting with a cushion cover made with Scottish yarn which I bought from New Lanark Mills on my way up to visit my son on the west coast of Scotland. Tip: When changing colours twist your yarns every 2-3 sts to avoid large loops at the back of your work.

Deciding on colours I went for a vintage feel but the pattern would work well with bright modern colours.


Now having nearly finished the pieces I’m thinking about buttons-they can really change the look of your project. I went to my button box and found these retro ones that I bought last year and am thrilled they fit perfectly.


Next job blocking the pieces so they are the right size-that’s for tomorrow.