These socks were designed during a phase when I was obsessed with the Old Shale stitch and how it could be paired with sections of stocking stitch. The lace stitch goes down the back and front of the leg, stops at the heel on the back but carries on to the toe on the front.
The construction is a cuff down, and they come in 8 sizes from toddler, through womens and to mens sizes.
A pair of large mens socks can be made from one ball of 100g 4-ply/fingering weight sock yarn.
The Everglade Tam is knitted with dk weight yarn. You could substitute any DK weight yarn. I used 3.5mm and 4mm needles and King Cole Glitz Double Knitting . The Hat / Beanie pattern has instructions for three sizes from 17 to 22 inch brim to fit a broad range of heads and hair volume. The design features a reverse stocking stitch background on the cable panel, to show off the cable stitches and let them shine.
As always, when I’m knitting for the knitworthy members of my family or dear friends, I consider how they’re going to wear it, wash it, the colours they love and what styles they wear. In this case, I loved the Merida colourway of the 4ply / fingering weight yarn. As Merida lived at Dunbroch, it was the obvious name for the sock pattern, a bit feisty, fun and a way to showcase a variegated yarn.
The Brookland Cowl, a stranded colourwork piece, was designed after deciding I wanted a lovely thick material for the winter months that didn’t have a wrong side. Sometimes when you are wearing a cowl it flips over and you don’t see the pattern anymore. That won’t happen with this one. It is also a great project for practising your fair isle or stranded colourwork skills.
The Brookland Cowl is knitted in one piece, in the round. You start with a provisional cast on and finish by grafting the stitches together. This means there is no seam visible when you have finished and any ends are hidden inside the cowl.
There is a repeated section in the middle of the cowl, so you can make the cowl longer or shorter depending upon your personal preference.
The cowl patter uses DK wool in three colours. The main, dark brown colour, a lighter brown and a contrasting blue to add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral piece.
I’ve shown some close ups of the colourwork and motifs in the Gallery below to give you and idea of how flexible and varied this pattern can be.
This pattern is produced with the invaluable help of my test knitters and my tech editor – Tabitha Thomas Studios
The Brookland Cowl stranded colourwork pattern is knitted with dk weight yarn. You could substitute any DK weight yarn. I used 4mm needles and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK . You can choose to lengthen or shorten the loop of the cowl to suit your preferences, there is a repeated pattern which you can work as many times as you like, or crop to make a shorter loop to wrap once around the neck. It’s up to you.
You’re only ever working with two colours at a time to keep things simple.
As always, when I’m knitting for the knitworthy members of my family or dear friends, I consider how they’re going to wear it, wash it, the colours they love and what styles they wear. In this case, it’s for me and I saw this yarn and felt it was perfect for the cowl. I chose colours with good contrast, two browns and a pop of colour from the blue. What colours will you choose for your Brookland Cowl?
The Arundale Vest Pattern was designed this for my Dad, however it would look just as good on a woman as it does on a man!
It is knitted using Rowan Felted Tweed DK. It makes it a lightweight, yet surprisingly cosy wardrobe staple. Perfect for those days that are a little chilly and you need something warm but not too restricting. The sleeveless design makes it ideal for tidying up the garden in the autumn and winter months, or to pop on whilst you are busy around the house.
The main body of the Arundale Vest Pattern uses the Hedgerow colour, the chevron pattern, arm and neckbands introduce the Avocado and Clay colours. The large stockinette stitch section means this is a great project for knitters who wish to add a little colour into their work.
The Arundale Vest pattern knits up surprisingly quickly and could be a great autumn or winter project for those long evenings in front of the TV. It is knitted bottom up, in two pieces with the arm and neck edging added at the end.
As always, when I’m knitting for the knitworthy members of my family or dear friends, I consider how they’re going to wear it, wash it, the colours they love and what styles they wear. It might need to be machine washable yarn, pick up extra for any minor repairs in case of thorns and other garden mishaps. Then knit with love in every stitch.
My Dad loves his garden but sometimes feels the cold on his back, especially on breezy days, hence the need for a warm vest. The Arundale Vest allows my Dad to move around, get things done and not get too warm.