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 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


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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.


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 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.


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