out of the woods

Hello, happy Wednesday, and welcome to another My Place post! Today I’ve the very great pleasure of introducing Outi Kater, a designer whose work I’ve admired ever since I spotted one of her hats being worn around the streets of Lerwick around ten years ago, and had to immediately find out who had created this…

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knowe

Happy Friday! Just a quick post today, as I wanted to show you this version of my Knowe design – one of the pieces from 10 Years in the Making that I seem to have worn most in recent months. Is Knowe a snood, cowl, or a caplet? I don’t care what you call it,…

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YOLK!

One punning moment last December, I decided it might be fun to knit the familiar homonyms – yoke and yolk – into an egg-themed sweater. So please behold – my YOLK YOKE. Yes, I am standing in a frozen landscape dressed as a fried egg – what of it? There are so many egg-cellent things…

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the thaw

Hello and welcome to our Wednesday My Place post! Today’s contribution is something really special, and I’m very excited to introduce it! First of all, the design is the kind of shawl I really like: bold and graphic in appearance, but with lots of variety and some novel features that keep the knitting interesting. Next,…

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Lilias Day (in colour)

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone. How are you all doing? Here in Scotland we are in the middle of quite a crisp, cold snap. I’m really enjoying my long local walks, the combination of snow and blue skies, and especially the fact that the mornings and evenings are becoming palpably lighter. There are a…

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Na Séasúir

Welcome to our Wednesday My Place post! I’ve been thinking a lot about knitting and time of late: Knitting takes time, makes it, and reflects it, and I’ve noticed that knitters have recently been using their projects in a range of really interesting ways to mark time’s passing. Some of these projects seem to be…

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Cas

Welcome to our Wednesday My Place post! All of the My Place designs feature Milarrochy Tweed – a yarn that’s spun for us in Donegal and which is, in so many ways, a “typical” Irish tweed with its characteristic neps and flecks. Here at KDD, we feel particularly close to our Irish friends, in both…

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re-knitting

I’ve just finished re-knitting Lilias Day. This second version is really very different from the first and I’m excited to show it to you (hopefully soon). While I was working on the yoke, I started to think about how very fundamental the experience of re-knitting is, certainly to the way I knit, and in some…

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destination: sleeve island

I used to be one of the many knitters who didn’t particularly enjoy a visit to sleeve island. Working with dpns or a long circular and magic loop, I rarely looked forward to knitting the second sleeve of a pair. This changed radically when I started knitting with 8 or 9 inch fixed circulars a…

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lilias day

Good morning, and happy Friday, everyone! I’ve a new design to show to you – Lilias Day I knitted two pullovers over the festive period, featuring the same Selbu motif. In Orchle, I used the motif as an allover pattern around the bottom of the pullover . . . . . . and in Lilias…

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Orchle

Friday is pattern reveal day, and I have a brand new sweater design to show you! I’m a huge fan of the arched Selbu motifs which are most often traditionally used on gloves and mittens and you’ll see the long-standing influence of these motifs on my design work in hats like Richard the Roundhead, or…

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grey and white

Hello, everyone! Thanks so much for your comments on yesterday’s post (which if you enjoy on-screen knits as much as I do I suggest you go and read!) I want to say an especial thanks to Davina for the link to the top 118 Twin Peaks knits (I personally have a thing for no72, though…

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screen knits

Do you become obsessed with sweaters you see in films or TV? I frequently do, and on several occasions these obsessions have developed into fully-formed pattern ideas. Ursula, for example, began life with a very fleeting glimpse of a cardigan worn by a character in South Riding, a 2011 BBC miniseries set in the 1930s.…

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making time

We were able to put quite a few things in the KDD shop last week, including our brand new 10 Years in the Making book. The book is now available for wholesale too, so if you are a bookshop or yarn store (or know a bookshop or yarn store) who would like to stock this…

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green shoots

I think the month of January – and perhaps particularly this January – often seems rather dark. These are certainly dark days for many of us around the world, but there are some visible green shoots, improving prospects, and the hope of brighter days ahead. I wanted my first design of 2021 to speak to…

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two-shade Sterntaucher

When we are working on a collection, Mel and I often knit several samples of a single design. This not only allows us to test and hone the pattern instructions (for maximum knit-ability, and knitterly-ness) but means we get to see how a design appears in alternate colourways. For Sterntaucher, we thought it would be…

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