Here Comes Summer

Designing for external publications has quite a long lead time. Even more so when it’s for a book rather than a monthly magazine. Last month I was able to share with you my excitement about my Ceridwen wrap being on the front cover of The Knitter issue 176.

*This* month I am finally able to share with you my latest design for Knit Picks. Leaf & Vine is knit using Palette, a wonderful non-superwash 4-ply weight Peruvian Highland wool, that comes in over 150 colours.

Leaf & Vine is going to be in a collection called “Haven: Knit Lace Patterns”. It’s a lightweight summer cardigan with very short sleeves incorporated into the body and it comes in TEN sizes with finished chest measurements of 38-71″. It’s intended to be worn with 7-10″ positive ease (that means 7-10″ bigger than your own body measurements).

The photo on the left is one of Knit Picks’ own photos on their model. The photo on the right is a close-up of my sample (in a different size) on my mannequin. I took this photo in mid-November – when summer seemed so very far away!

These are ‘sneak peek’ pics as the book that the pattern is in is published tomorrow (about 11am PST – which is about 7pm British Summer Time).

For those of you who don’t know, Knit Picks is a large American yarn company. They publish various pattern collections in books each year, featuring their yarns, which run to a specific theme. For example, Nevern Throw was in “Entwined: Celtic Cables Collection”. They also have an extensive range of individual patterns.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the physical book as they are always really great – super layout, fab photography and high quality paper and printing – and you CAN get the physical book posted to you in the UK without excessive postage charges. I’ll be posting more about Haven and Leaf & Vine in particular in the coming days with links to the patterns once the book is out.


Mum’s bedsocks had a mini hibernation recently while I was working on a couple of other designs (and racing to finish Sue’s embroidery), but I’m back on them again now. I started the second sock on Sunday whilst watching My Name is Leon – at various points I had to put the knitting down as I was so gripped by it (and at times because of tears). If you have BBC iPlayer, look it up – it’s brilliant.

It’s a good job that I’m back on the socks as I need to have something small to knit with me this afternoon. The dentist appointment has finally arrived and I have no cold and the precautionary lateral flow test I did this morning was clear. I’m finally going to get my filling fixed…!


If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen a few random close-up shots over the past couple of weeks of some purple and silver grey knitting in progress. It’s a design for RiverKnits using their Aysgarth yarn which is 100% Wensleydale wool. The colours are called Sloe Gin and Antique Pewter.

This morning, I cast off! I now need to block it and finish writing up the pattern before it gets sent off to the tech editor. You will get to see the whole thing sometime in September!


One more viewing recommendation before I go and floss one last time. We recently watched “Falling for Figaro” on Netflix and it was brilliant. I absolutely loved it and heartily recommend you to watch it if you get a chance (it’s got Joanna Lumley in it too).

I think that’s all I’ve got time for today – wish me luck at the dentist and take care of yourselves. K x

One thought on “Here Comes Summer

  1. I sympathise with you about the dentist and look for justifiable reasons not to go. Never as bad as you think – I don’t think so anyway – I love the pattern Kath and the colour too. Xxxx

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