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Category: Design

Ribs and Wraps

Sometimes I have an idea for a design and it just takes on a life of its own! This time the idea I came up with was for a sock

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A modelled pair of socks knit in light blue grey yarn with a lace pattern swirling to the outside of the foot

Flowing and Swirling

This pattern was inspired by the gorgeous yarn I got on a whim from Mrs Lam Yarns (aka KallokShekEllon). I mostly like to buy yarn with a plan in mind,

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Honey and Wool

When I started this design, it was just meant to be a cowlette. I wanted something that would be quick to design, quick to knit and quickly let me move

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Antlers and Lace

A brocket is a two year old red deer stag. They have smooth antlers with no branches (you can see a photo here) which looks just like the lace pattern

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The corner of a shawl hanging down in a spiral showing the garter stitch lace edge

Cream and Fluff

Meet Cranachan! I had so much trouble coming up with a name for this pattern. I kept thinking about clouds, but I wasn’t finding anything I liked as a name

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A pair of socks handknit in purple yarn showing the zigzag lace pattern up the outside of one foot and leg,

Wandering To and Fro

This design started when Becca of Bluebell Yarns contacted me and asked if I’d do a collaboration with her. She only works with yarns that have come from sheep in

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A close up on a green cowl with diamond shaped leaves and a wide lace border modelled on a mannequin

Diamond Leaves

This design started when Ishrat very kindly gifted me a skein of her Merino/Bamboo 4 ply yarn in a beautiful dark green. I knew right away I wanted to do

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A hand making a fist showing the garter stitch column wrapping around the thumb gusset of a fingerless mitt knit in cream yarn with pink and green speckles

Ridges and Furrows

When I started it was just going to be a fingerless mitts pattern (Dromanach) first. I had some beautiful speckled yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns to work with and I

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A cowl with stranded knitting in red and pink yarn with a pattern made up of soft curves, folded over a pattern made up of interlocking "V" shapes and scale shapes, modelled on a mannequin

The Dragon Cowl

Nathair-Sgiathach has taken 16 months from design to publishing – that’s probably the longest time I have ever worked on a design. I cast on way back in October 2019!

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A close up on the foot of a modelled pair of socks in dark green with a lace pattern representing half a fir tree on the foot and a whole fir tree on the leg

Winter Trees

I’m delighted to be sharing Giuthas with you at last! This is the final sock in my Four Seasons of Socks collection and, in keeping with most of the other

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I’m Liz and I'm a Scottish Knitwear designer! I design and write knitting patterns for accessories, produce tutorials and write about what I do!
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Handy Tips

Notions pouches, tape measure, scissors, scrap yarn and a selection of stitch markers

Notions About Notions

I saw a post on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, about a knitter who had gone on a cruise and only realised once she

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