Triple Twist Stockings


Just published in the November issue of Knitting Magazine are the Triple Twist Stockings. They’re knitted in my Baby Alpaca DK using the Magic Loop method beginning at the toe with a figure of 8 cast on. I found the Triple Twist Lace pattern in one of my Barbara J Walker books which never strays far away from my desk. Flicking through the pages of any one of the four ‘Treasury’ series never fails to give me inspiration as was the case with this design.

The Triple Twist panels add a sexy feature at each side of the leg with calf increases hidden to allow both the lace and stocking stitch to continue uninterrupted. The lace keeps going to the top of the design where the stocking stitch changes to rib and, because alpaca is a heavier fibre compared to wool, I’ve added in an end of fine knitting elastic  which helps to keep the stockings up when worn.

The pattern is only available when you buy the November issue of the magazine but you can buy the rest of the Triple Twist Stockings kit exclusively from the website from today. You’ll find more details in the new Knitting Kit section here

Hope you like it

J x

Oriel Beaded Shrug…in kit form

Oriel as a shrug fastened with abalone buttons

Oriel is an extremely versatile design that can be worn buttoned as either a shrug, cowl or if you prefer, unbuttoned as a scarf. It’s an unashamedly feminine design knitted in my Baby Alpaca DK (and shown here in sh 9517 Menthe) which means it’s so soft that once you’ve draped it over your chilly shoulders you won’t want to take it off.

The Oriel stitch is a beautifully textured lace pattern combining yarn overs, decreases and purl stitches.  These build to create a fish scale effect that begins with delicate beaded droplets at the cast on edges that travels toward the grafted centre of the design with beaded accents highlighting the centre of each motif. (Oh yes. the beads, once more I couldn’t resist dropping in a touch of sparkle). This design was originally published in Knitting Magazine but I thought with the festive season on the horizon it’s the perfect time to release the pattern.

You can either buy the pattern as a pdf on Ravelry here or you can pre-order an exclusive knitting kit here. Oriel is the first design to launch my new range of kits which will only be available through The kits contain everything you need to make the shrug including yarn, beads, buttons, stitch markers, darning needles – even needle and thread for threading on all those gorgeous beads. You’ll receive the pattern as a pdf download and all you have to do is get your needles ready ( they’re not included in the kit) for when the postie arrives with your bundle of delights.

The kit is available in a choice of 5 gorgeous yarn and bead combinations, some subtle like Menthe & Clear above and some like the Fuchsia & Orange are definitely more ‘in your face’ and not for the colour shy.

If you Pre Order an Oriel Knitting Kit there’s free shipping too so for more information click and here.