Daisy, now a PDF

November 20th, 2015

More great news! Daisy Dachshund, a pattern from my book Knitting Everyday Finery is now available as a single pattern PDF for purchase here.

You remember her:



You probably know that she was inspired by a felt toy I made when I was 10 years old, and by our beloved family pet.

Here’s my daughter India, aged 14, with the original, charming Daisy.


P.S. Instructions for finishing Daisy and adding lining, are over here in Pull Yourself Together, Daisy.


Shiraz Slippers PDF

November 20th, 2015

Great news! The pattern for the popular Shiraz Slippers from my book Knitting Everyday Finery is now available as a single purchase PDF here.


The instructions for how to finish them can be found on the blog here. Fabric lining is optional.



New pattern: Moccs

October 10th, 2014


Here’s something I’ve been working on: Moccs.  The pattern is now available to buy on Ravelry here.

They come in 2 sizes, and they’re not felted, just knit, a quick one at that. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season; something to tuck in a bag for a weekend away, or to slip on your feet for an evening on the couch.

Here’s another pic. They’re made with the ultra-luscious Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, just one skein. You could probably make 3 pair from two skeins.

The idea came to me a year ago after I made these baby booties for my book Knitting Gifts For Baby

Memories of family road trips to New Mexico were the inspiration. Stopping at road side stand to buy a sweet little pair of hand made leather moccasins.

Why should babies have all the fun?

I’ve also just finished another project I love. This time not my pattern. It’s Running Stitch Skirt by Yumiko Sakurai of the blog harumidoridesigns

There’s a little of the Southwest/Sundance catalog about this design too, isn’t there?

photo courtesy of Interweave

I love love my skirt which I made in Rowan Purelife Revive (gorgeous recycled yarn, one third each silk, cotton and rayon), the slip stitch stripes in Habu Cotton Gima. It’s knit sideways in reverse stockinette. The only features I altered were the back seam and waistband. The pattern called for a drawstring but I prefer a hem with elastic inserted. And instead of sewing the back seam I finished it with a three-needle bind off, seam on the outside. Apologies for this strange angle, a skirt selfie is tough! you get the picture.

My friend Paula made one in Euroflax linen, and another in wool. A skirt is such a great project and they’re surprisingly flattering provided they have enough width to not be tight too across the rear. That’s the secret. This is a wonderful design.

Happy knitting!

xox Mel