Springtime – collection six review

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the distinct lack of posts recently. I do have a good excuse though, I’ve been so busy with various projects, one of which is my new book SPRINGTIME which is now available to buy. I do have quite a lot to write over the next few weeks, so hopefully you will hear a lot more from me!

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Anyway, to SPRINGTIME…I’m rather pleased with this collection, I think all the designs are very wearable and by using the lighter and brighter colours from the Rowan Felted Tweed palette the collection is very springlike.

My aim when designing the collection was to create a group of garments that can be worn on spring days when it’s still chilly outside, and let’s face it, that’s the majority of spring days in the UK!


I was lucky to photograph the collection at my friend, Gael Sellwood’s home and garden. Gael is an amazing botanical artist, you may have seen her recently on the BBC Countryfile programme and she lives in the most beautiful old thatch cottage in the depths of the Hertfordshire countryside.

AMARYLLIS above, happens to be one of my favourites. The design was inspired by Eastern European folk embroideries and is knitted in Clay and Avocado from the Rowan Felted Tweed range. The cardigan is a square fit with 3/4 length sleeves and looks great worn over a pretty spring dress.

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No collection of mine would be complete without a true fairisle design. FLEUR is a simple fairisle using the brighter colours of Rowan Felted Tweed. It’s a sweet oversized boxy shape with 3/4 sleeves and with optional crochet trimmings on the shoulders and armhole edges.

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Below is DAFFODIL which is another favourite, in fact, I’ve worn it a few times already. It’s such a pretty sweater with the lace detail, twisted stitch texture and the cable detail which continues into the welts and cuffs, and Avocado in Felted Tweed has to be one of my favourite colours of the range. 

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I wanted to add a yoke design as I’m trying to design at least one yoke design in every collection I do going forward. BLOSSOM is the perfect yoke design for spring wear or all year round wear! The floral intarsia motifs give the design a vintage feel, I think.

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DAHLIA is another design with a vintage feel. The floral motif, knitted using 2 ends of Rowan Kidsilk Haze is another design inspired by Eastern European folk embroideries. I think the added lace panels and the short sleeves give the sweater a 1950’s flavour.

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LILY is such a pretty top and I’m really pleased how this design turned out. I loved creating this fairisle using florals and non traditional shapes and motifs. I added the crochet lace trim to give a very feminine overall look.

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PETAL is another favourite of mine and I have worn this design several times already, including at my last workshop a few weeks ago where it was much admired. Again it’s a very flattering shape, semi fitted and square with an unusual button stolling. The stitch is mainly a twisted stitch pattern with a small section of shaped garter stitch at the bottom.

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Finally there is ROSIE. This beautiful 3/4 sleeve tunic is a challenge to knit but the result is well worth the effort. The back just has the single row of the smaller motifs above the welt with the remainder knitted in stocking stitch, the right sleeve is knitted the same. All the intarsia floral motifs are knitted using 2 ends of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

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Well, that’s my latest collection and I hope you like it. I am planning to write another post in the next two weeks explaining how you can lengthen each design in the body and sleeves as I know some of you prefer to have a longer length.

If you wish to buy SPRINGTIME then please click on any of the images and you will be redirected to my shop.

Loop Cushion Workshop

My first day workshop of the year is on Saturday 19th March and the project is the 2 Way Loop Cushion. I call it ‘2 Way’ as each of the knitted loops can be pushed in or out creating two different looks.

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This large cushion (it fits a cushion pad 50cm x 50cm) is knitted using 7 autumnal shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. The cushion may look complicated to knit but I can assure you it uses the easy and fun technique of partial knitting to create the 3D look. 

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As the cushion is quite large, I’ve decided to back the cushion with fabric. Each person coming to the workshop will receive a piece of 100% wool herringbone tweed along with the yarn and pattern. The fabric is in a rich mid brown colour, very similar to Felted Tweed colour ‘Cinnamon’ which is one of the colours used.

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Each ‘loop’ is knitted using moss stitch to keep the loop flat. You could of course, knit them in plain stocking stitch but the loops will curl in on themselves. This is the great thing about partial knitting, you can ‘knit out’ using any type of knit texture and colour etc.

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My day workshops will now be held at Brooksby Hall, literally only a mile away from the village hall in Hoby (the old venue). The hall is a beautiful 16th century manor house, set within 850 acres of Leicestershire countryside. At the workshop you will be treated to lovely lunch prepared from local produce followed by afternoon tea with homemade cake. There will be lashings of tea, coffee and juices throughout the day.

For more information or to book a place, click on any of the images.  I hope to welcome you to Brooksby Hall very soon.

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January Update

This is for those of you that don’t subscribe to my newsletter, here is my update for this month. By the way, you can subscribe to my newsletter at any time.

I’m planning to design lots of new things this year and these newsletters are a great way to let you know about new designs, books, workshops, kits, shows etc. Please scroll down to see what’s happening this month…



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Saturday 19th March 2016


The 2 Way Loop Cushion is the project for the first day workshop of the year. If you liked the Ripple Cushion from last year, then you will love this workshop. Make a large and very striking loop cushion with a woollen tweed fabric back. This workshop is a great introduction to 3D and partial knitting. and is great fun to do. Hopefully it will spark your imagination to try other 3D knitting techniques.  The quirky loops on the cushion can be used in two ways, as shown in the images below. The images are of my design swatch, I will be posting images of the finished cushion in the next couple of weeks.

For more information and to book, click on any of the images above.




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I had a fantastic response to my first workshop holiday, it sold out within 4 days of going live on my website and shop! 

I’ve had lots of emails asking if I’m organising another one, well yes I am. It will be in a different location to the FAIRISLE IN THE DALES holiday. I can’t announce it yet but rest assured you will be the first to know about it when I make it live for booking.





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I’m now offering individual printed patterns in the shop. These designs are exclusive and cannot be seen in any of my books. The first design available is SORREL TANK, more will be added to the shop in the coming months. For information and to buy, click on the image above.




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I’m pleased to announced that just over £1280.00 has been raised so far with the sale of the digital Fairisle Bag pattern. For those of you who have bought this pattern, a big thank you on behalf of myself and Helen and Caroline of Ribbon Circus, Hebden Bridge for your donation.

If you have not bought the pattern yet, can I please appeal to you to do so. You will be happy in the knowledge that the whole of the £4 (minus the VAT) will go to the Ribbon Circus appeal fund and you will be helping a small business get back on it’s feet after the recent devastating floods that hit many parts of Yorkshire. To buy the Fairisle bag pattern, click on the image above.



There are now only 15 places left in the Fairisle Club. It’s not too late to join but please hurry, as once the 23 places have gone the club will close. For more information and to book, click on the image above.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this update from me!

Printed patterns

From the 1st January I started to offer exclusive patterns to buy as a printed pattern. These designs will not seen in any other publication and are available from my website and shop. The first pattern is ‘Sorrel Tank’ below, which a slipover version of the ‘Sorrel Sweater’ in my latest book Autumn.

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Each pattern is printed on high quality card, laminated and folded. The price of the printed patterns are the same as if they were available as digital downloads only. I can do this as printed patterns are VAT zero rated, whereas digital downloads are not.

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Sorrel Tank is knitted using 10 soft Rowan Felted Tweed shades using 3.25mm (US 3) needles.

Over the coming months I will adding more exclusive designs to the printed pattern section of my website and shop. I hope you like this idea.

Can you help?

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I am releasing this pattern to raise money for a very good cause. A lovely haberdashery shop called ‘Ribbon Circus‘ was devastated in the recent floods in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. The shop is currently closed and the owners Helen and Caroline are working very hard to keep the business running with a series of pop up shops in Hebden Bridge. I’ve decided to help by donating the fee of each Fairisle Bag pattern sold (minus the VAT) to Helen and Caroline so that the shop can re-open as soon as possible. You can buy the pattern via my website or directly from Loveknitting. I urge you to buy this pattern so that you can feel that you have helped a small business survive and please tell your friends and colleagues. 

I thank you for your support in advance.

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Happy Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and to say thanks for all the support and lovely comments about my work I have received throughout the year. These comments and your knitting are a constant inspiration to me.

Have a wonderful and healthy 2016, packed with lots of knitting and crochet!

Marie x


Dogs In Jumpers!

A few months ago, a lovely lady called Debbie Humphreys asked me to write a review of her new handknitting book Dogs in Jumpers. A book containing great handknit designs and cute dogs….how could I refuse!

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I briefly met Debbie a few years ago whilst I was still Head Designer at Rowan, her business Redhound for Dogs  was still young and she came in show us her kits. I remember at the time that I was struck by Debbie’s great attention to detail in her design work, not just her knit designs but also her woven designs. She also photographed her product beautifully. Anyway, when I left Rowan we kept in touch by the occasional email and then we met again at Unravel in February this year, where we both had stands. It was at Unravel that Debbie told me about her new book. She was so excited about it and then in September when I received a copy in the post I could see why.

I’ve seen many handknit books for dogs, in my time, but I must admit this is one of the best. It has great designs which are easy to knit and adorable dogs which have been beautifully photographed…what’s not to like!

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Bear, proudly modelling his Country Cable Jumper

The designs are mainly knitted in rib textures with some cabling, making them very achievable by the confident beginner. In fact five of the designs are specifically aimed at the novice knitter. It’s great to see a collection of designs for different breeds, ranging from the tiniest Chihuahua to the elegant Greyhound and Whippet. However, I’m still waiting for Debbie to add the gun dog breeds to her repertoire as I’m sure my Norah and Nelly would be willing models!

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Nelly and Norah

A variety of different yarns are used in the designs, including yarns from Rowan, Erika Knight, Yarn Stories, Louisa Harding and Wendy. Also at the beginning of each pattern, Debbie has written a great little fact file about each dog, sharing their likes and habits, good and bad! 

Here are some of my favourite designs…

Buster Rowan Felted Tweed
Buster’s Cosy Chunky Cable Jumper
Pip rowan worsted
Pippin’s Perfectly Pretty Coat
Bruno Rowan felted Tweed
Bruno’s Toasty Twisted Rib Jumper
Dylan Rowan Worsted
Dylan’s Dandy Rib Dog Jumper
Blanket Rowan Worsted
Textured Patchwork Blanket

Debbie’s book would make a fantastic Christmas gift for any dog loving handknitters you know or a lovely treat for yourself and your dog! 

Published by Pavilion Books, Dogs in Jumpers retails at £14.99 and is available to buy from Debbie’s website.

 Happy dog knitting!

WINDSWEPT patterns now available

For a few weeks now the patterns from Windswept (my first book) have been available from my website and Loveknitting, but I’ve not had chance to publicise them…so here goes.

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All 12 patterns are available as pdf downloads. If you look at the patterns on my website, just click on the image you are interested in and you will be redirected to Loveknitting.com to complete your purchase. I am hoping to start offering printed patterns with the the pdf version very soon. These printed patterns are a very high quality print on A4 laminated card and will only be available from my website. These are the designs you can now buy the patterns for…

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Thyme Wrap
Sage Tunic
Leaf Waistcoat
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Mint Wrap
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Oak Scarf
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Camomile Tam

November Workshops

I have a couple of workshops coming up in November….

The first one is my Nordic Christmas Stocking workshop. This is a great project to practise your Fairisle knitting and with the left over yarn, there are some lovely crochet Christmas decorations to make. 

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I’m holding this workshop twice in November, the first time is at my lovely friend Vanessa’s shop called Hoop in Tenterden, Kent on Saturday 7th November. If you wish you to come along on this date then please book through Hoop.

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Then on Saturday 28th November, I’m holding it again at home in the Village Hall at Hoby, Leicestershire. I’ve only got 3 places left now, so if you wish to come along and join in the festive fun then I would book very soon. You can book for this workshop on the 28th November via my shop.

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I’m also holding the Crochet Cowl workshop again at Hoop on Sunday 8th November. This was a very popular workshop I did last year in Hoby and it’s now a very popular kit on my website/shop. Vanessa asked  me if I could hold the workshop again for her. So, if you’ve always wanted to buy the kit but thought it might be too difficult to make, then come along to the workshop and I will show you how to make each motif and join them together. Again you need to book a place via Hoop.

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As always you will be provided with all the lovely Rowan Felted Tweed yarn to make the project for each workshop as well as a delicious lunch, cake, biscuits and lots of tea and coffee.

Hope to see you there…

FAIRISLE CLUB is starting soon!

Just to let you know that myself and my friend Gwynneth are busy packing all the first parcels for the Fairisle Club, which officially starts on the 1st November.

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In fact, the first shipment to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Moldova are on their way, as I write this post.


If you’ve not yet joined and you wish to, then you’ve still got time to join in the fun. You can become a member direct through my shop. To see more details on the club, then go to website.