August 20, 2018

I keep forgetting to write: the flower in this pattern has a knitted lace web between the petals which keeps the petals in place. No more flopping knitted flowers on your hats or where ever else you may choose to place a knitted flower.

This pattern can be found on Rave...

March 3, 2015

You know the problem. You are at a party; you put down your bottle of beer and, when you turn around to retrieve it, you cannot find it again. A small group of bottles have gathered, and there is no way of telling which bottle is yours. What can you do? Answer: knit it...

January 5, 2015

I have just put a revised version of this pattern onto the Ravelry website and, because it is free, onto my patterns page on this site.

It is a pattern I first designed for the Let's Knit magazine in 2009, but the magazine didn't offer it as a free download. Several mon...

September 24, 2014

I will make paper hats if I want to. James, the cactus, may become inspiration for another hat design.

May 14, 2014


I have wanted to experiment with this hat shape for a while – see the post about 30 days of drawing. The day at Fabrications was inspiring. The enthusiasm was infectious and the free goody bag liberating. There is nothing like free yarn for relieving the pressure of...

October 21, 2013

More mistakes will follow, but these three hats helped to fine-tune the brief. Nothing too decorative or fanciful – do not try and anticipate a ghoulish trend. Symmetry and minimal crochet would be preferred. I wasn't asked to knit the penguin a third time, but the pre...

October 16, 2013

The chart above is one of the first designs for the book Animal hats to knit. I was trying to work to a brief, and this design was based on Blake's tiger. A pink nose and the ears were separate knitted pieces that were stitched to the hat. This design was rejected, but...

October 2, 2013

The chart above illustrates the very first design I produced for Animal hats to knit. The notes are my notes. The publishers did not like the asymmetric eyes but agreed to allow me to have ten asymmetric designs in the book. This was a massive set back for me because I...

September 28, 2013

I am not a fan of Facebook. However, I have discovered the anonymity Facebook can provide.  I have joined a group of people who have agreed to produce, each day, a drawing on a given subject. I love seeing the drawings appear through the day. I relish each line and cre...

May 26, 2013

These are the very first sketches I did for a series of animal hat patterns, that I planned to sell on Ravelry. They represent a stream of consciousness – the good, the bad and the boring. It is easy to forget that the idea is to inspire people to knit and wear these h...

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