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  • This knitting pattern is for women's gloves decorated with two different patterns.  Knitted in luxurious blend of Baby Alpaca, Merino and silk, these are a lovely way to keeps hands toasty this winter.

  • Tiggywinkle’s sleeves are knitted flat, the body knitted flat and all in one piece to the armholes and then the sleeves are joined in and the raglans worked. By the time you’ve finished you’ve only got to swap needles for the moss stitch border and then pick up stitches for the front bands and do a tiny bit of seaming on the sleeves. If you’re knitting in advance of Baby’s arrival and don’t know the gender then work buttonholes on both bands, then when you do know the gender and come to sew on buttons it’s easy to close one set of buttonholes up when you sew the buttons on.
    Tension: 21 sts and 27 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch on 4mm nds.
    Sized to fit: 3(6, 12, 18, 24) months.
    Finished size: 50(53, 56, 59, 60)cm / 19¾(21, 22, 23¼, 23½)”.
    Yarn: Town End Alpacas 100% Alpaca DK. 3(3, 3, 4, 4)x 50g balls. Shown in Mid Fawn.
    3 buttons, approximately 1cm / ⅓” diameter. 3.25mm and 4mm needles, OR the size required to give you the correct tension.
    Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • Squirrel Nutkin was quite a naughty boy, and so this Nutkin is for boys who are hopefully better behaved… Carrying on with the vintage-y feel, there are mock cables (of a sort) and a 50s-esq feel to this little cardi with its striped yoke. We love the look of all these colours together (and the leftovers would make a Jeremy Cap) but you could knit Nutkin in one or two colours only and it would still look good.
    Knitted flat, you’ve got minimal seaming on the sleeves and then just a few ends to darn in. There are no real cables at all, just clever stitches that give a lovely textured feel to this little cardi.
    The sizes are generous but not over-sized, giving room for growth without a ridiculous amount of ease. If you want something closer / larger fitting then just pick your chest size and alter the length to suit.
    Tension: 22 sts and 30 rows in mock cable pattern on 4mm needles.
    Sized to fit: 3(6, 12, 18, 24) months.
    Finished sizes: 49.5(53, 57, 59, 61)cm, 19¾(20¾, 21½, 23½, 24½)”.
    Yarn: Town End Alpacas 100% Alpaca DK.
    2(3, 3, 3, 3) x 50g balls MC.
    1(1, 1, 1, 1) x 50g ball CC1.
    1(1, 1, 1, 1) x 50g ball CC2.
    1(1, 1, 1, 1) x 50g ball CC3.
    Shown in MC – Ivory, CC1 – Dark Fawn, CC2 – Mid Fawn, CC3 – Pewter.
    7 buttons, approximately 1cm / ⅓” in diameter.
    3.25mm, 3.75mm and 4mm needles OR the size required to give you the correct tension.
    Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • Jemima is an unashamedly vintage / old fashioned baby bonnet. Sometimes Jemima looks positively Elizabethan given the chance with a bit of vintage linen and lace. Ideal as a christening bonnet / fancy outfit bonnet or just for everyday if you’re that way inclined.
    The front band for Jemima is worked first, then stitches picked up along one edge and the crown knitted flat onto the band. The ties and i-cord edging are then worked onto the bottom edge of the bonnet.
    Sized to fit: 0-3(3-6, 6-12) months.
    Yarn: Town End Alpacas 100% Alpaca DK . 1 x 50g ball. Shown in Mid Fawn.

  • This is a pattern for a classic baby beanie with legwarmers to match. The Tiptoes set uses an unusual lace / cable stitch and because all the lace holes are made with k2togs the resulting hat and leg warmers spiral gently in a rather pleasing manner. Originally written to be knitted in the round, the pattern also contains instructions for knitting flat and seamed.

  • A sweater with eyelets and ribbon. Beatrix is quite a girly sweater as photographed but there’s no reason you couldn’t make a quite manly Beatrix for a baby boy if you used a neutral colour and perhaps some grosgrain ribbon in blues and greys.
    Beatrix is knitted both flat and in the round and seamed whilst the body is knitted in the round, then the sleeves joined in and the yoke and neck finished off in the round. Easy enough to convert the sleeves to knitting either on dpns or circs if that’s your thing (just cast on 2 less sts than the pattern dictates). The eyelets spiral around the yoke and beg to have pretty (or more manly) ribbon threaded through. We’ve knitted it here in one of the Fawn shades with ribbons in dusky pink, soft bluey-grey and a golden fawn, but an Ivory sweater with gold and cream ribbon would be lovely as a christening sweater or a Pewter version would look great with more on-trend fluorescent ribbons, or as we’ve already said, with boyish blues and greys.
    The sizes are generous but not over-sized, giving room for growth without a ridiculous amount of ease. If you want something closer-fitting then just pick your chest size and alter the length to suit.
    Tension: 21 sts and 27 rows in stocking stitch on 4mm needles.
    Sized to fit: 3(6, 12, 18, 24) months.
    Finished sizes: 49.5(53, 57, 59, 61)cm, 19¾(20¾, 21½, 23½, 24½)”.
    Yarn: Town End Alpacas 100% Alpaca DK . 2(3, 3, 3, 3) x 50g balls. Shown in Mid Fawn
    5(5, 5, 6.5, 6.5)m in total* velvet ribbon, approximately 0.5cm width. Ours came from V V Rouleaux. * if you’re using different colours you need from 1.25m(49″) to around 1.6m(64″) per colour, depending on size knitted.
    3.25mm and 4mm circular needles, approximately 40cm long OR the size required to give you the correct tension. Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • Based on our rather dashing Sca Fell Peak hat we give you Jeremy, a super-cute peaked cap for babies and toddlers. In these colours Jeremy is rather masculine, but you could make a lovely girly Jeremy in Ivory with a pink and cream pompom or with a pink bow instead.

    Tension: 21 sts and 27 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch in the round on 4mm needles.
    Tension for band: 18 sts and 36 rows to 10cm over garter st in the round on 4.5mm nds with yarn held double.
    Finished size: 33(37, 41.5)cm / 12½(14½, 16⅓)”.
    Yarn: Town End Pure Natural DK Alpaca, or Thames Alpaca Blend DK.
    Single colour hat: 1 x 50g ball. 4-colour hat: 1 x 50g ball of each colour, shown in Dark Fawn, Ivory, Light Mid Fawn and Pewter.
    4mm and 4.5mm dpns / circular needles, OR the size required to give you the correct tension. It might be easier to knit the Peak on straights or circs, but the rest of the hat is entirely up to your preference for knitting small diameters in the round.
    Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • A vintage-y baby blanket, reminiscent of the cellular woollen blankets of the 60s and 70s. Knitted in individual squares and then knitted together, there is no seaming to do and you only have ends to darn in. i-cord border is optional, but does give a nice ‘finished’ finish.
    Tension: 17.5 sts and 35 rows in garter stitch to 10cm on 4mm needles.
    Finished size: 75cm (29½”) square.
    Yarn: Town End Alpacas 100% Alpaca DK .
    8 x 50g balls. Shown in Light Fawn.
    4mm with 4.5mm circular needles for joining and a spare dpn (or two) for the option i-cord edging, OR the size required to give you the correct tension. Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • Blackett is suitable for boys or girls, a classic, textured cardi in moss st, garter stitch and a fleck stitch, again with a slightly vintage  feel.

    Sizing: Five – to fit ages 2(3, 4, 5, 6) years, actual chest size: 64(68, 73, 78, 82)cm / 25(26¾, 28¾, 30¾, 32¼)”, buttoned.

    Tension: 16.5 sts and 33 rows to 10cm / 4” over garter stitch (every row knit). Yarn: Town End Alpacas Alpaca with Shetland Aran, 90% Pure Alpaca, 10% Shetland Wool, 74m(80yds) / 50g ball. 5(6, 6, 7, 7) balls, shown in Ivory. OR Town End Alpacas Pure Alpaca Aran, 100% Pure Alpaca, 66m(71yds) – 82m(88yds) / 50g ball (metreage is dependant on colour, yarn quantities given for lowest metreage available) 5(6, 6, 7, 7) balls. Buttons: 5. Ours were 2cm diameter. Pattern is written, with spec drawing for easy mods.

  • London Cowling is a simple, unisex cowl – and we can say that because men have asked for the sample. It is, apparently, ‘perfect’ for cycling in. It’s knitted on biggish needles for this weight of yarn, but that makes it super-squooshy and warm. We use a provisional cast-on (whichever one you like, we’re not fussy) and then finish off with a 3-needle cast-off so you should really only have 2 ends to sew in and you’re done. Simple, but extremely effective.
    Tension: 21sts and 32 rows to 10cm over garter slip stitch pattern on 6mm nds after steaming / wet blocking, but as this is a cowl it’s probably more important that you have a fabric you like rather than struggle to match one that we specify. Be aware though that if your tension is very different then your yarn requirements will differ, too.
    Finished size: approximately 29cm (11½”) deep and 64cm (25¼”) circumference after steaming / wet blocking.
    Yarn: Town End Pure Alpaca DK yarn – you will need 2 50g balls.
    6mm needles, or the size required to give you the correct tension. Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in

  • The pattern has two sizes given and two different weights.  So you can knit a small cowl that will pull over your head and give a snug, tuck-into-your-coat cowl (like the London Cowling) if you knit the smallest size in the DK. The larger one gives a cowl that you can twist and wrap round twice for warmth / effect. The Chunky yarn will give cowls that are slightly bigger in circumference than the DK ones, measurements given below. We have knitted the cowl in our DK yarn – you will need 2 x 50g balls for the small size and 4 x 50g balls for the large. We have also knitted it in Town End Pure Natural Aran Alpaca and you will need 3 50g balls for the small size. The pattern is easily adapted for any yarn if you knit a tension square first.

    Finished measurements: For the DK (and our Aran version) cowl: 58(116)cm / 23(45¾)” circumference, depth 31cm / 12¼”.

     

  • Canterberet is a classic beret with a garter stitch band and then radiating ribbing making up the crown. Amazingly we resisted a pompom on this one and went with a bow instead (knitted on from the last few crown stitches, so no sewing). Easily made into a classic beret ‘stalk’, though, if you don’t fancy a bow.

    Tension: 20sts and 40 rows to 10cm over garter stitch on 4mm nds after steaming / wet blocking. We rarely wet block, but for the Canterberet you really do need to, and over a plate to boot to make the proper beret shape. We used a 25.5cm(10″) dinner plate.

    Finished size: to fit adult female head, 51 – 58cm (20 – 23″) circumference after blocking.

    We’ve knitted this using 70g Town End Pure Natural DK in Pewter with Luxury Alpaca Blends in Rosie. it also works well in Alpaca with Bamboo as this yarn really shows up the stitch detail.

    Needles – 3.25mm and 4mm circs / dpns (depending on your personal preference for knitting small diameters in the round) OR the size required to give you the correct tension. Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in.

  • Ransome is suitable for boys or girls, a classic British jumper (sweater, to those of you not from these isles!). Moss st edgings and a neat stripe and slip stitch pattern for small sailors (or landlubbers). The neck here is wider, partly for ease of putting on and partly to make it easier to fit a nice shirt underneath. As the yarn comes in 50g balls then you’ll have leftovers after working the stripe pattern, we’re working on a pattern for those…

    Sizing: To fit age 2(3, 4, 5, 6) years. Actual size 64(68, 73, 78, 82)cm / 25(26¾, 28¾, 30¾, 32¼)”.

    Tension: 17.5 sts and 26 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch after washing / blocking.

    Yarn: Town End Alpacas Alpaca / Shetland Aran, 90% Pure Alpaca, 10% Shetland Wool, 74m(80yds) / 50g ball. Shown in Tea, Almond and Ivory: 3(3, 3, 4, 4) balls Tea 2(2, 2, 3, 3) balls Almond 2(2, 2, 3, 3) balls Ivory

  • The Walker Cardigan is more feminine than the Blackett Cardigan, a classic, slightly lacy cardi in moss st and a leafy lace with a few bobbles thrown in on the sleeves. We like to think that the Walker girls would have been dressed in similar cardis when they were dreaming of being explorers in the Lakes aboard the Swallow. The bobbles are very easy, as is the leafy lace pattern on the fronts and the sleeves.

    Sizing: Five – to fit ages 2(3, 4, 5, 6) years, actual chest size: 64(68, 73, 78, 82)cm / 25(26¾, 28¾, 30¾, 32¼)”, buttoned.

    Tension: 17.5 sts and 24 rows to 10cm / 4” over stocking stitch.

    Yarn: Town End Alpacas Alpaca / Shetland Aran, 90% Pure Alpaca, 10% Shetland Wool, 74m(80yds) / 50g ball. 5(6, 6, 7, 7) balls, shown in Ivory. OR Town End Alpacas Pure Alpaca Aran, 100% Pure Alpaca, 66m(71yds) – 82m(88yds) / 50g ball (metres are dependant on colour, yarn quantities given for lowest meterage available) 5(6, 6, 7, 7) balls. Buttons: 5. Ours were 2cm diameter.

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