Christmas Knit Picks

Two of my patterns have recently been published as part of the Knit Picks IDP – a reworking of an old design, and a brand new accessory pattern. They’d make ideal gift knits for Christmas, as they’re quick and simple to make. Both patterns are designed for lovely cosy Knit Picks yarns, although you can of course substitute an alternative of your choice.

Here’s Guppy, a reworking of a design that I published a couple of years ago. It’s a cute little pullover, sized to fit 0-6mths, 6-12mths and 1-2 years, and featuring a stranded fish pattern. The stranded knitting makes it really warm and cosy to wear, and you can work it up in lots of different colour schemes. The pullover features a buttoned back opening, so there’s no difficulty in dressing a small wriggly baby!

Here’s an example of an alternative colour scheme, with a matching hat – the pattern for this isn’t available, but I just used a basic baby hat pattern and added the stranded fish motif and a pompom!


The second pattern is Inishmore, a textured cabled cushion, knitted in snuggly Aran yarn. It’s patterned with chunky honeycomb stitch, twisted cables and double moss stitch, to form a thick and cosy fabric. The cushion has a back opening which closes with buttons. It looks complicated at first glance, but it’s a perfect project for knitters who are gaining confidence with cables, as the pattern is really quick to knit once you get started. This sample size fits a small 10″ cushion, but instructions are included for adapting the pattern to other sizes.

I’m in the process of completing my own Christmas gift knitting, so I’d love to hear recommendations for other patterns that would make great gifts. Happy knitting!



Somehow, it seems that nearly a year has passed since I last updated this blog! In the intervening months I’ve done a lot of knitting, discovered a love for crochet, and managed to get rid of some of my overwhelmingly large yarn stash. I made a list of all the craft projects that have been started and need to be completed, and have been steadily working my way through it over the past few months.

As usual, I have many different projects on the needles – and this is what I’ve been making recently! Following on from the success of the minions in Despicable Me, I’ve had several orders for minion related knits. Here are some little minion toys, adapted from a pattern by Anxo Cunningham.

I’ve really started to enjoy making amigurumi, and my crochet skills have been slowly improving. It’s a more free and experimental design medium than knitting, in my opinion, and I feel as if I can adapt and change patterns without too much thought. And of course, there’s only ever one stitch to drop!

Besides the little minion toys, I found this pattern for hats – so quick and simple to knit, and fits children and adults alike. Here are some little minions with their mascots! Both the hats and the toys use small amounts of DK yarn – I chose to use Hayfield Bonus DK, as the colours were great and it’s machine washable. If you prefer the evil purple minions, here’s a free pattern to try.