Kate loves designing beautiful knitwear, with a distinctive aesthetic that’s often inspired by her twin loves of the Scottish landscape and textile history. She prides herself on producing patterns that are clear, easy to follow, and a genuine joy for knitters of all abilities to create.

Kate’s portfolio includes scarves and haps (simple shawls), colourful mittens and hats (knit using the Fair Isle technique), and jumpers and cardigans which combine simple details with classic shapes. She is particularly fond of designing yoked sweaters and tams and loves the knitterly geometry of circles.

Kate’s adult garment patterns are carefully graded to fit an extensive size range (usually 30 to 52 inches) and, if there is an unusual technique involved (such as steeking), you’ll find help from one of her tutorials.

Kate’s designs are exclusive to her company, and she no longer works on external design commissions for other yarn / knitwear businesses, or for magazines.

The designs featured below are a selection of Kate’s favourite pieces.  Many of her patterns are available in kit form from her shop, some are available as part of a collection in her beautifully printed books, and all patterns are available to purchase digitally as instant downloads from herRavelry store.

Click on the images for further information about each design.

The Port Charlotte Yoke. Available in the Inspired by Islay collection.
The Oa hoody. Available in the Inspired by Islay collection.
Hat 101. Available as a kit. 
The Carraig Fhada vest. Available in the Inspired by Islay collection.
Funyin. Inspired by a Hornsea “onion” cruet set, this graphic colourwork beanie is available to purchase as a kit.
Miss Rachel: a beautiful yoke and gauntlet set inspired by a 19th- century shawl. Available to purchase as a kit
Deco – a classic cardigan with simple slip-stitch details. Available to purchase as a kit
The Goats of Inversnaid. A hat and gauntlet set celebrating Kate’s local fauna. Available to purchase as a kit
Pink fish 2 copy
Pink Fish Mittens – inspired by the scales of the resourceful Atlantic salmon. Available to purchase as a kit
Epistropheid – a graphic cololourwork beanie, with optional pompom. Available to purchase as a kit
Epistrophy: a two tone cardigan with a graphic yoke, which is  available in the Yokes collection
Frost at Midnight – beads and picots adorn this light and pretty cardigan, which is available in the Yokes collection
Asta Solilja – an Icelandic yoke with a fresh, modern palette, available in the Yokes collection
Kokkeluri – beautiful winter mittens, available in the Buachaille collection
Machrihanish: a stylish Fair Isle vest, available in Cross Country Knitting volume 1
The world famous owl sweater. Available as a digital download.
Wowligan! A mini owl cardigan for kids from 0-12. Available as a kit
KD2 copy
Moder Dy – a traditional Shetland hap available as part of The Book of Haps
Fantoosh! A surprisingly simple shawl available as a digital download
Northmavine hap. Simple to knit and available in Colours of Shetland collection
Rams and Yowes. A stunning colourwork blanket, in natural shades of Shetland wool. Available as a download.
Ursula – a Fairisle cardigan with a vintage feel. Available in Colours of Shetland.
Murmuration wrap. A stunning Fairisle scarf depicting a flock of starlings rising into an autumn sky. Available in Cross Country Knitting, vol.3.
Braid Hills. A feminine cabled cardigan, available as a kit.