Today marks the start of UK Wool Week, and  really I hope that you will support the Campaign for Wool and the Mission to Seafarers by sporting a woolly hat on Woolly Hat Day on Friday 9th October. I’ve donated a design and pattern to the cause, it’s my Sheep Tam, knitted in Rowan Fine Tweed, a lovely rustic 100% Wool yarn spun in Yorkshire.

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Georgia (my model) is wearing the tam with ‘Carmine’ from my new book Autumn which is available from my website and shop.

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The Campaign for Wool asked myself and four other designers to come up with a hat design and pattern that people can then download by making a donation to the Mission for Seafarers. Please support this fabulous cause to help support their amazing work around the world.

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The tam is knitted in the round, I knitted it using a set of 5 double pointed needles. To help celebrate Wool Week and the Mission for Seafarers, I added the sheep and anchors to the design, hope you like it. I really enjoyed making it, so I hope you do too. You can download the pattern from the Campaign for Wool website.

If you want to have a go at Fairisle knitting, then I will be holding a free workshop on Thursday 8th October 11.00 – 13.30 at 4 Clifford Street, London, just off Regent Street. The places are limited so please book early via the Campaign for Wool website. Hope to see you there.

Happy Wool Week…

AUTUMN – collection five

Well, my new book ‘Autumn’ is now available to buy via my website, shop and from Rowan stockists. I’m so pleased with this collection and I had a great response when I launched the book and showed the garments at Yarndale last weekend. Here are the designs…hope you like them.

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CARMINE – this is one my personal favourites, it’s a yoke cardigan, knitted in the round and steeked. I’ve edged the button bands with a multi coloured crochet trim, which I feel, finishes the garment really well. The back of the steek is covered with a woven ribbon. The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed.


CHERRY is another fabulous fairisle cardigan but this time knitted flat. Again the yarn is Felted Tweed.


AUTUMN is a lovely kimono fairisle wrap, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed with a wide moss stitch stripe edging.


SAPPHIRE is another favourite and was inspired by Grace from Once Upon a Time  as I received many requests to design an adult version! It’s knitted using Rowan Felted Tweed in one of new colours, called Amethyst.


HAZEL is a great cable funnel neck sweater using Rowan Felted Tweed Aran. 


RHEA SCARF is a design knitted in the round, making a lovely warm, cosy scarf for the winter

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PINE PONCHO WRAP is a big knit but the results are fabulous. 

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JUNIPER is a heavily cabled funnel neck sweater, knitted in Rowan Cocoon. Georgia – my model, had this design as her fee for modelling, she loved it!


ASPEN is a great fitted long line sweater, knitted in Rowan Fine Tweed. Again optional crochet trims are added as decoration.


Finally….SORREL. This is another fairisle using the lighter pastel shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. Optional crochet trims added to the shoulders and sleeves.



Firstly, apologises for the lack of blog posts lately. Over the last two months, I’ve been incredibly busy holding workshops in Tuscany, finishing my new book ‘Autumn’ (see the next blog post), sorting out my Fairisle Club and updating my website and compiling the new online shop.

So, I’m excited to announce that my new online shop is now live! 

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You can go to the shop direct on www.mariewallinshop.com or via my website and click on the new ‘shop’ tab.

All my products can still be viewed on my website but you will be redirected to the shop if you decide to buy. The website has just been updated to reflect the new shop.

I’m really pleased with the shop, as it’s has a rolling page format i.e., you can scroll down whilst the text remain static.

The home page above is a slide show of the collections – Books, Kits, Workshops and Fairisle Club.

Then there is the collections page showing each of the collections in a grid, click on any and you will go to that product page.

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And then there are Featured Products, showing a selection of what is available. Click on any and you will be able to buy that product.

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Payment is now by credit or debit card and not via paypal. The site is hosted by Shopify and therefore is fully secure.

I hope you will enjoy using my new shop and please let me know what you think.



The long awaited date is here and I’m happy to declare the FAIRISLE CLUB now open for booking. You can book via my website by filling in a dedicated booking form.


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I hope to welcome you soon to the Fairisle club…

Foxglove Crochet Scarf Workshop

I’ve now finished the ‘Foxglove Crochet Scarf‘ which is the project for my workshop on Saturday 3rd October. You can now book online via my website if you wish to come along and join in the fun. 

The scarf is made up of two different motifs using 9 shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. Each motif only uses chain, double crochet and treble stitches and therefore this project could be suitable for the confident beginner. The finished scarf measures 18cm wide  x 180cm long. Here are some more images of the scarf…






To book or to find out more information on this workshop and my other workshops this year then click on the link below. Please note that all my prices now include VAT and if you book you will receive a pdf ticket to download plus an VAT receipt by email.


Fairisle Club – the latest

I’ve just updated my website with new images, including those from the finished FAIRISLE CLUB blanket. I’ve also updated the details, including the prices.


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Booking will open at 07.00 GMT on the 1st August. If you’re not already registered to receive FAIRISLE CLUB email updates then please send me a request via my CONTACT page. The next update I will be emailing, will be to declare the booking page live. 

Here are the other images of the blanket…I’m really thrilled with it and I hope you are too.

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Rowan Magazine 58 is launched next week

As Rowan Magazine 58 is launched next week I thought I would share with you some of the images of my featured designs. I must admit it’s strange to see photography shoots that I wasn’t involved in as I no longer have any input into the magazine other than the odd photography shoot and some designs, of course! Hope you like them…

The first story is called FROST…


FROZEN – knitted in Alpaca Colour and Chenille

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SNOWY – knitted in Kid Classic


WINTRY – knitted in Brushed Fleece


SLEET – knitted in Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze

The next story is called TRANQUIL…


JURA – knitted in Rowan Tweed and Colourspun


ANGELSEY – knitted in Kid Classic and Chenille


LINDISFARNE – knitted in Fazed Tweed and Felted Tweed Aran

Then finally is the ESSENTIALS collection…


BRANNAGH – Felted Tweed


ALANNAH – knitted in Mohair Haze


D’ARCY – knitted in Fazed Tweed

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