Cloudesley by Isabell Kraemer

Cloudesley in Poldale Silk

This lightweight hand knit has been designed by Isabell Kraemer and is written for a 4ply weight yarn.  Here, we knitted it in Poldale Silk 4ply  which is a naturally coloured light grey yarn.  The long sleeved version in size 3 took 3 x 100g skeins.  The pattern is knitted top-down in the round.

We have also knitted this pattern in Kalinka linen.  I adjusted the needles down a size to achieve the correct gauge.

You can buy this pattern from the designer on Ravelry here.

Nordic Star Socks by Jan Malone

Nordic Star socks

These socks have been knitted in Cumbria Sock Yarn .  This sock/Fingering/4ply weight yarn is a blend of British alpaca, Blue Faced Leicester wool and nylon.   We used the natural, undyed yarn alongside the Pink colourway.  This pattern uses traditional Fair Isle motifs and is worked from the cuff down with unusual gusset increases and  a short-row heel.  The pattern was published by Vogue Knitting and can be found here on Ravelry.

Milfoil by CoopKnits






Milfoil sock in Poldale SIlkThis pattern has two complementary socks as the lacy patterns are reversed on the second sock.  This is a straight forward pattern with the lace instructions charted and written out.  The socks are knitted top down with a standard heel turn and Kitchener stitch to graft the toe together.   To buy the pattern from the designer on Ravelry, click here.

I used about 50g of Poldale Silk  and tipped the cuffs in some oddments of Whitbarrow in Spindleberry and Limey.  I wouldn’t recommend using Whitbarrow to knit all of the sock as the fibres are too soft and fine to wear well.  You could also use our Merino Twist 4ply, Cumbria sock or Somerset sock yarns.

Water by Sylvia McFadden

Water Shawl in Whitbarrow

This is a straightforward garter stitch shawl with lace inserts.  The shawl drapes easily around the shoulders due to the short row shaping.  I knitted this in Heron colourway of Whitbarrow Fingering yarn and didn’t block it too much as I wanted a smaller shawl.  All the current colourways can be viewed here.  You could also knit it in Somerset Sock yarn, Merino TwistCumbria sock yarn or Poldale Silk.

The pattern download may be purchased from the designer on Ravelry here.

Waiting For Rain by Sylvia McFadden

Waiting for Rain by Sylvia McFadden

Waiting for Rain is a lovely, beautiful garter and lace crescent shawl that uses an unusual short row lace technique.  It fits perfectly over your shoulders and drapes in a way which is very pleasing to the eye. It’s worked top down with lacey increases. The pattern shows the single colour version, but the Ravelry download includes a ‘Hacking your Waiting for Rain shawl’ PDF.  This includes instructions for how to do stripes, how to move or add lace panels, make lace panels larger, and how to do the fancy knit-on cast-off shown in the two colour version. To buy the pattern download from the designer on Ravelry, click here.

We used a 100g hank of Whitbarrow Limestone, Heron and Olive Lime to knit this three colour version.  To knit it in one or two colours you will need two 100g hanks.  Whitbarrow is our Fingering weight blend of baby alpaca, superfine Falklands Merino wool and Mulberry silk and is an ideal yarn in which to knit a supersoft, luxurious shawl.   To see all the colours available, click here.

Cascade Caps by Janine Bajus

Cascade Cap in Merino Twist

We looked for a hat pattern which used as many colours of Merino Twist 4ply as possible and found Cascade caps by Janine Bajus.  The Merino Twist 4ply  yarn comes in ten shades and we’ve used five on each hat.  These stranded colourwork hats are knitted in the round using 3.25mm needles.  The pattern is for one adult size and you can adjust the amount of ease by varying the needle size.

To view or buy a download of this pattern from the designer on Ravelry, click here.

Poet by Sari Nordlund

Poet top in Poldale Silk


This lacy raglan top was knitted top-down using Poldale Silk 4ply.    I altered the sleeves slightly from the pattern to three-quarter length with a shorter cuff.  The top is knitted in the round with different charts for each size.  The lacy pattern repeat is also written out, but you will probably have to refer to the chart to know where to start each row when increasing for the raglan.  It was quite straightforward once I had separated the sleeves, but took a bit of concentration to begin with.  I knitted a small size and used 2 100g hanks of Poldade Silk and 3.5mm needles.

The pattern may be found here on Ravelry to purchase from the designer.

New knitting patterns from Tin Can Knits have arrived.

We have the latest knitting patterns from Tin Can Knits – a selection from the Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe collection.  Although these patterns are mainly aimed at babies,  most are sized through to larger adult sizes as well.  I’ve knitted a sample of Playdate, a classic cardigan in our Alpaca with Silk 4ply in Bluebell.