A touch of Zen – Takumi cardigan

September 22, 2016

Wishing I hadn’t left my newly finished Takumi behind in London. Spanish nights have been chillier than expected and I’m missing it! This beauty is from Renèe Callahan’s Zen Variations collection of simple top down patterns. I made the 36.5″ and mine knit up in just over 4 skeins of Islington DK. I used my silver colourway Blighty. The result is a classic garment I can wear with everything.


I’ve had a few questions about how it wraps around and figured pics would be simplest to show the details.

There is a small yarn over hole for the tie on the right. The icord tie goes through this for a proper wraparound – just like the Japanese work jacket that inspired the design.

It can easily be worn open, tied in the back for a different look. Knit from the top down, the icord edge is knit as you go. You can easily adjust the length to your body making this a flattering knit for all shapes and sizes.

I love this cardi and had serious troubles deciding which colour to make it in. I nearly went for darker charcoal Old Smoke

Old Smoke
…or in warmer neutral Nutkin.


Here are a few other suggestions:

Clockwise from top left - .
Clockwise from top left Islington DK – Siren Call, L’heure Bleue, Shiraai, Purple Reign, Persimmon

Can’t wait to see what other Islington hues people make it in!

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March 14, 2019

EYF is finally upon us next week! It is super easy to find me at Stand M2 this year. When you first get past the ticket stand head straight into the hall towards the bar, look to your left before the second entrance.

I've hand dyed some new special colours for all of you attending. Don't worry if you can't make, it as I'll have all of these colours for you online as pre-orders as well! 

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Amber Wheat Mitts
Amber Wheat Mitts

February 15, 2019

Introducing the next gorgeous design in Sarah Shepherd’s stunning Amber Wheat collection, joining the hat released a few weeks ago. Shown here in Amber, the lace shows off Northiam’s wonderful stitch definition and makes for some hardwearing but super soft, warm accessories to keep you cosy all winter. Small-batch Northiam uses the softest British Bluefaced … Continue reading Amber Wheat Mitts

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Amber Wheat Hat
Amber Wheat Hat

February 08, 2019

A swirl of simple lace crowns Amber Wheat, a new group of patterns in Northiam DK by Sarah Shepherd. Shown here in Amber, the yarn gives the lace wonderful definition and creates gorgeously soft, warm accessories to keep you cosy all winter. Part of a larger collection, the hat and mitts are the first of a grouping … Continue reading Amber Wheat

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