New Pattern Release!

Porthtowan Lace Hat

I’ve been wanting to share this pattern for so long! It is released in collaboration with Blacker Yarns and is now available on their website as a kit. You can buy just pattern it on my Ravelry, Lovecrafts and Payhip.

I played around with this stitch pattern for a while before finding something I was happy with, and paired with Blacker’s Bam-boozle 4ply it works beautifully. The yarn is light and airy and lends itself well to the geometric lace pattern, which is such a fun knit!

I’ve written this knitting pattern so there is are options to work a beanie or a slouch hat. You cast on at the cuff and then work upwards in the lace pattern after the rib, before decreasing over the final 3cm.

The result is a hat which is fine, yet warm, it tucks nicely into a pocket in case a chill should arrive in the air and will also fit under a cycle helmet!

Sizing is to fit a 53-65cm head and the pattern is both written and charted.

Wet Blocking Lace

I have finally cast off my new shawl design today and thought I would share some tips on how to wet block lace. This is a very important finishing step for lace work and will really make your work shine to its full potential!

There are several types of methods to block your knits. If you are working lace then the best results will come from natural fibres such as wool and silk, which can be wet blocked (shown here), steamed, or using a hap stretcher.

Apologies for the quality of these photos, they are taken from a video so they aren’t the best!

Soak your work

Before you wet block you will need to soak your project in cool water with a little blob of wool wash, if you have it. Regular washing soap is a bit too harsh for hand dyed yarn and would need to be rinsed afterwards, so it is best to avoid it. Leave your hand-knit immersed in the water for 20-30 mins until the water is fully absorbed.

Squeeze out excess water

When it comes to drying your work, remove it from the water and gently squeeze the excess water out (never wring it as it will damage the fibres.) Then lay the piece out on a towel and roll it up. I like to walk over my towel at this point to get as much water out as possible but depending on your project another squeeze might do the job.

Lay the work out flat on a blocking mat or yoga mat. I like to also use kids interlocking foam pads sometimes as you can alter the shape to fit your work.


Blocking wires work well with shawls as they help to create a long, straight edge that can’t be done with pins alone, so it’s worth investing in a set if you can make use of them.

Thread the wires along a row of stitches, going beneath both legs of the stitch every three to four stitches until you reach the end. If it’s a long row you will likely have to use two or more wires to cover the whole area. It’s important to make sure you stay within the same row when threading the wire through.

Repeat for the shorter edges of the shawl too, staying within the same stitch column and making your way down the row. For triangular shawls you can wiggle your way along the diagonal as best you can, even if you have scalloped edges, which will be pinned out after the inital triangle shape is in place.

My shawl in the example is a crescent shape, so I have placed wires along the two short vertical edges and along the horizontal top edge. I’ve then used T-pins to pull out the point of each scallop, making sure that these are straight. Ordinary dressmaking pins would also do the job just fine, T-pins are just a little bit stronger and will help to secure the blocking wires in place.

You might find after you’ve started blocking that you can adjust your work and stretch it even further, but make sure not to overstretch it as the yarn could break. Measure here if you are blocking to dimensions.

Stand back and check the work is symmetrical (if it is supposed to be) and all looks good. It should take about 24 hours to fully dry and hold it’s shape properly.

Musings on a new pattern

I’ve been working on this lace shawl pattern recently and I can’t get enough of it! The stitch pattern evolved for a hat, but this yarn, Oh So Fine! from Cat and Sparrow is so beautiful I wanted to make the most of the skein. It’s knitting up really quickly, despite the cast on being 275 stitches. I’m approaching the end of the lace section and will be working short rows in garter stitch next to create a crescent shape. I’m excited to see how it looks all finished and blocked!

Perranporth ~ New Pattern Release

50% off in my pattern shop until October 31st!

It feels like forever since I last released a pattern. Having two kids, starting a business in between them and lack of sleep didn’t leave much time for design work! The good news is I am back on track and I now have ideas spilling out of me now the littles are out of the house a bit more in the daytime.

I’m really pleased with this one, the pattern was such a joy to knit and it grew really quickly. I love knitting lace and working with 4ply for hats, it’s always much warmer than you think. The pattern is made up of a series of intricate yarn overs and decreases, forming an offset stacking arch effect. Decreases are worked into the pattern in the crown, creating a star on the top.

I was swatching for this hat last year but I couldn’t work out what I was going to do with it. I really love how the pattern looks in Coopknits Socks Yeah! as the stitch definition is amazing. However one of my testers Carola (@Poachtna) worked it in a mohair blend which looks equally fantastic:

The pattern is multi-sized from teen to large adult and is worked from the bottom up in the round.



Yay, Covid…

I’m taking it easy today and slowly working, drinking tea and not leaving my bed! Covid this time round feels more like a cold with a nasty night fever to be honest but I’m on my own a bit this week, so I need to save my energy for solo parenting our two munchkins.

I’ve been colour coding my spreadsheets for some time now when I’m tech editing knitting patterns as it makes life SO much easier when I need to link back to stitch counts, rows or measurements. It also helps to be looking at a screen of colour rather than lots of black and white numbers!

Now however, it might be time for a nap..

Unveiling my hand-dyeing efforts

I decided to knit up this skein today that I dyed in a workshop at Fyberspates 6 years ago. It’s been sat in a drawer ever since as I thought it too beautiful to unskein! I thought I would make this little video to show each of the steps involved in turning it from a hank into a (somewhat unfinished) sock.