The Purbeck Collection


A collection inspired by the coastline, countryside and community of this unique peninsula.

The Inspiration

If you have ever been lucky enough to visit the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, you will know that it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers the chance to absorb spectacular views and draw on a sense of calm and stillness. My collection is a response to the rhythms and textures of the landscape, using yarn sourced from the farmland that completes this community.

The Collection

The Purbeck collection comprises five key accessories for you, your family and your home. While each piece has been inspired by natural forms, they all include an element of geometrical patterning or shaping to give them a contemporary feel – bridging the gap between town and village, city and country. Each design is named after one of the beautiful places I visited recently.


An infinity loop worked in 4ply and offered in two different variations. As a designer I enjoy exploring the effect that colour has on stitch patterns. Smedmore combines soft pink and ochre, offset by soft cables in the palest of greys. Studland is a bolder version of the scarf with a rich,conker brown and cobalt blue section offset by a rib stitch worked in a chalky blue. Both designs are available as a combined download. ( Images are credited to @aplayfulday


This is the first design I worked on for Isle Yarns and uses their original DK. The hardwearing qualitiesof this pure Poll Dorset DK make it ideal for homewares. I have introduced a second and third colour to a technique that is often only presented in one colour, to enhance the sense of movement and patterning. The back of this cushion cover is worked in a textured stitch and has an envelope opening.


This elegant, vortex style shawl is a firm favourite. I have combined two different stitches to evoke images of the ploughed farmland meeting the coastline. It is worked in a 4ply blend that not only provides excellent stitch definition and fantastic drape when blocked. I used a soft green, but it would work well in any shade from the 4ply palette.


This cushion would make an ideal partner for Purbeck. I have used colour once again to highlight patterning and bring depth to this
deceptively simple stitch. Isle Yarns have just added some new colours to the DK range am I am already looking forward to knitting up some new colourways in this design.


Kimmeridge is an idyllic spot and this final piece is inspired by the many pathways the area has to offer. The Kimmeridge Beanie is worked in the round and combines different cabled stitches. This not only provides texture and interest, but ensures a great fit. It is shown here in one of my absolute favourite shades, Haylands. I hope it becomes one of yours too!

Isle Yarns

I was recently invited to visit the home of Isle Yarns. It was a great opportunity to discuss future plans and meet with other designers. We toured the farm, needle felted with the fleece and ate supper watching the sun go down over Kimmeridge Bay.

It was a chance to fully appreciate the ethos behind wool production at Isle Yarns

“From farm to needles with an authenticity and our own unique story”

To find out more about the yarn and the farm you can visit, or you may like to listen to a conversation between Sue Hole, (owner of IsleYarns) and local lifestyle blogger, Kate O’Sullivan via or and
be part of a growing community.

Patterns from the collection will be available to download from Sunday 9th October 2016. A great way to celebrate Wool Week 2016.

Patchwork Throw - Kit and pattern launching 20th August 2015


I was delighted when Simply Crochet asked if they could feature my Patchwork Throw in this month’s issue. (on sale 20th August)

The design was inspired by traditional patchwork throws in which the fabric pieces appear to overlap – I am always fascinated how different textile traditions can inspire others

The yarn choice comes from the Navia brand – a relatively new company that is family run and strongly associated with the knitting
traditions of the Faroe Islands. When I first met up with Fiona Parker from The Island Wool Co , who distributes this yarn in the UK and
Ireland, we started to talk about how the yarn might also be used for crochet.
Navia Duo is one of the few pure wool yarns that I have come across that is so well suited to crochet. It provides excellent stitch definition without being stark, is lightweight, requires very little blocking and has a glorious colour palette. This has allowed me to create a traditional piece in a relevant, modern palette.

The exciting news is that the yarn for this design will be available as a kit from Thursday 20th August 2015. We will start to process orders for kits from Monday 24th August. In the meantime if you have any questions then please contact me via
I’ll be back in the office on Monday!

Light touches


The title of this collection refers to simple ,uncluttered stitchwork, natural fibres, limited palette and the role that light plays in the textures and folds of these three pieces.


I am a huge fan of linen yarns. If you are looking for something hard wearing, then a 50/50 blend of linen and cotton is often a good and more affordable choice. Pure linen is a little more expensive, but offers some unique qualities. Many linen yarns have an almost wax like sheen that I find very appealing, this in turn seems to help make the yarn very pliable to work with and knitters are often surprised at how soft it is to work with. Stitchwork has a more relaxed feel than if you were using a yarn with a high twist on it, which I think fits with our less formal expectations of summer garments and accessories.

This started me thinking about ways that I could highlight these unique properties. A complete contrast seemed to be the answer. What if I combined panels of pure linen with a silk/mohair mix. The result is Frances, where natural linen is highlighted by bands of vibrant coral. The contrast is continued both in the appearance of and the feel of the stitchwork. There is something really pleasing about running your hand across the surface of this throw and experiencing the different textures. Frances combines double crochet, with a lacy stitch and a clustered stitch and would suit crocheters of all levels.


This piece is very personal to me because of its many associations. It was originally inspired by the basket of fuschias that hang outside my kitchen window, planted and tended by my daughter. The yarn choice was made when my dear friend, Fenella, took me to visit Elisabeth Beverley of plant-dyed wool. Elisabeth specialises in using plant dyes and so there are only ever small quantities of each colour available, which makes them all the more special. It also means that every project made is completely unique! Elisabeth lives in a tiny, converted chapel which you can visit by arrangement or on one of her open days. She attends a small numbers of shows each year too.

Elizabeth's yarns are kept safely stored in tissue paper in lidded boxes, but when those lids are taken off, you will find that your breath is taken away. Deep, resounding indigos, sit side by side with ethereal pinks and greys and there are some colours that you would find hard to pinpoint because they are so unique! It took me ages to select the palette for Fenella, because there were so many different nuances to choose from. I am delighted with the result. The simple chevron patterning for this scarf makes for a really relaxing knit, with just enough variations in colour changes to keep it interesting!.


This design originally appeared in Knitting magazine, (August 2014), and was part of a collection featuring the British seaside and the need for a quick cover up due to our unpredictable weather. I used Rowan Softknit Cotton because it is a natural, breathable fibre, but also machine washable, which can be a bonus when you are away on holiday!. This yarn has great stitch definition and good drape. Simple stitchwork means that it is quick to make and holds its shape well.

Kit coming soon......

I am also pleased to let you know that the final piece in this collection will be a kit, which I shall be revealing later in the month.........