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6 weeks since I last blogged. I think that may be a record. Things have been crazy busy round here but it is finally half-term. Phew. I’ve barely touched any of my WIPs for months now and with all the craziness my frazzled brain has been fit for garter stitch only. I was all for knitting scarf after scarf but Lily came to my rescue with a nifty little variation. This is Kentmere.


It looks quite innocent there doesn’t it – all simple garter stitchy-ness. The twist comes at the end… quite literally. She certainly had fun trying to write up the pattern.


The pattern gives instructions for 2 versions – nice plain garter for therapeutic TV knitting and another version in a textured stitch pattern. I knit the garter sample of course and Lily did the patterned one.

Garter stitch version shown in Fyberspates Scrumptious in DK/Worsted in the Water colourway.


Next is a DK version shown in Juno Fibre Arts Sirius DK. You can’t tell from the photographs but this yarn has a sparkly thread running through it.


If you’d like a chance to knit Kentmere for free just leave a comment before midnight GMT on 26th October. Lily will be picking 3 commenters at random to recieve a free copy. πŸ™‚

Β broughton15

And talking of free Lily Kate patterns, if you’re the lucky owner of an iPhone, iPad or and iPod Touch then you can grab a free copy of Issue 35 of The Knitter.Β  Newsstand, the app that organises your magazine subscriptions is offering this issue free for a limited time only.Β  The magazine featuresΒ a Sarah Hatton design, Lily’s Langdale sweaterΒ and loads of other patterns.

Whilst we’re on the subject of magazines, have you seen this one?

Issue 1 wasΒ out just last week and early signs show it’s been super well-recieved.Β  I have a personal interest in this one as lots of the photography is mine – including the cover!Β  πŸ™‚Β  It’s just one of the things keeping me so busy.Β  If accessories and other small items in luxury yarns are your thingΒ then grab yourself a copy.Β  Issue 1 features a gorgeous lace shawl,Β a lacyΒ beanie/mitten set, 2Β cowls and much, muchΒ more.Β 

Well done to the rest of the team at Practical Publishing – from concept to first issue in 6 months is pretty impressive I think you’ll agree!Β 



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    24th October 2011 at 6:28 pm

    The cowl is gorgeous! I especially love the garter stitch, but I think that’s the lazy person talking!

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    24th October 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Congratulations Lily on all your successful endeavors!
    I can’t wrap my head around Kentmere heh~ but I’m sure I can trust the pattern, keep on knitting, and voila, a lovely cowl!
    Love to try it myself πŸ™‚

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    Heidi Rosin
    24th October 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I think it looks fascinating and I’m dying of curiosity to know what the “twists” are!

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    Stacy and the rugrats
    24th October 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I knit Wray a few months back with some Wollmeise Lace yarn. I entered it into our State Fair and it won 2nd place! Love the pattern! This scarf looks lovely too!

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    24th October 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I saw Kentmore in the Recently Added Patterns on Ravelry and of course I had to click on it! It looks like a brilliant design, and I would love love love to win a free copy of the pattern!

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    24th October 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Apologies for the typo – KentmEre!!

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    24th October 2011 at 6:39 pm

    What a fantastic scarf! Love it!


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    24th October 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I would love to knit that!…very interesting and warm looking.

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    24th October 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I love this pattern. I wish I could cast on tonight. I’ve been looking for an interesting cowl/neck piece and I think this might be the winner!

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    Lois (@basicallylois)
    24th October 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Oh gosh that is exactly what I’ve been looking to knit! I need a scarf I can wear at uni without dragging it around on the floor all the time by accident (quite often in sheep filled fields…) I love the yarns too!

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    24th October 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely scarf! Love it =)

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    24th October 2011 at 7:17 pm

    That scarf od beautiful. Another fab design. Congratulations.

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    Little Miss S.
    24th October 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Looking very interesting. MΓΆbius scarfs are great and this is even more interesting. Congratulations on your talented daughter.

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    24th October 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Great pattern! I live in the US and searched for the newsstand app on the app store. It looks like it isn’t here in the us. I got zinio and scoop newsstand. Zinio has The Knitter but no free issue. Shoot!


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    24th October 2011 at 7:40 pm

    what a sweet pattern, I just want to cast on right this second!

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    24th October 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Kentmere is gorgeous. I love both versions.

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    24th October 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Such an ingenious construction! I’d love to win a copy πŸ™‚

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    deb jonckheere
    24th October 2011 at 7:57 pm

    The pattern is great but I think anything would look good on the lovely Lily.

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    24th October 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I just saw this on Ravelry and giggled. This looks like a lot of fun!

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    Laal Bear
    24th October 2011 at 8:33 pm

    You are soooo clever :0)

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    24th October 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Garter stitch is so soothing, yet so stunning in this cowl!

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    24th October 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I love the look of this scarf – ideal for my discerning ‘baby’ nineteen year old daughter who is just about to write her final exams! She plans on studying fashion next year and would appreciate the simplicity of this pattern and the fact that her mum knitted it for her!
    Celeste from South Africa

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    Carol Wray
    24th October 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Cool looking scarf with some versitility! Can’t waiting to find out how the twists were made!

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    24th October 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I LOVE this cowl. I’m a new knitter (all of 3 weeks) because it was suggested as therapy for broken fingers from a few months ago. I love this – for the ease of the garter stitch and the moving to more technique as my fingers/hands & eyes get better at this knitting thing.

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    24th October 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I love this cowl and would love to make one!

    Incidentally, I looked for the Newsstand app on my iPad and there are at least three apps with “newsstand” in the name and none that I could find with only that name…what app exactly is it that has the free issue of The Knitter?

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    24th October 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Love that you can add any pattern you choose. I’m going to search for something that will fit the bill for it.
    Congrats Amanda on more of your beautiful work!

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    24th October 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Gorgeous pattern. Perfect too as an accompaniment to the two person mittens on Ravelry (where you hold hands inside the mitten). You could wear it as a couple whilst canoodling and both be equally warm!

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    24th October 2011 at 10:15 pm

    This is a cute design. I love the concept and really look forward to knitting it at some point =D

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    maylene oliveira
    24th October 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I just saw your cowl, how pretty, myself included wants to know about the twist.

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    24th October 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful and interesting folding!

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    24th October 2011 at 10:26 pm

    What a great scarf. A perfect fall knit.

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    24th October 2011 at 11:45 pm

    That looks brilliant!

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    25th October 2011 at 12:05 am

    Love your style chica. It doesn’t matter if I’m chosen, it would make a great xmas gift for any lady. I like way it layers and am interested to see how you made it twist. Hmmm…what’s in my stash?

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    25th October 2011 at 12:34 am

    Hi Amanda, it’s always great to see a post from you πŸ™‚
    Wow, thanks for the heads up on the Knitter, I’ve just downloaded it to my iPad:-). Usually I like a ‘real’ magazine, but if it’s free I’ll take it any time.

    Love the cowls, and I’d love a chance of winning the pattern. Lily never ceases to amaze me with her creativity, I know you’re so proud of her. And you ,must be proud of yourself, that mag cover looks wonderful.
    I wonder if it will hit the store here like Simply knitting and all the other ones. I’d ask my sister to mail it she’s always so busy and doesn’t use Paypal so it’s hard paying her back!!!!

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    25th October 2011 at 12:37 am

    Oh how cool! I can’t wait to knit this one up!

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    25th October 2011 at 12:56 am

    What a fantastic scarf!

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    25th October 2011 at 1:14 am

    Ooh! Interesting. Cowls and hats! I never tire of knitting them.

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    25th October 2011 at 1:21 am

    Kentmere looks like a very clever design. I think I like the garter version best.

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    25th October 2011 at 2:03 am

    Wow, your daughter never ceases to amaze me! I’ve been looking and looking at the cowl and I still can’t figure out how she did it. Would love the pattern just so I can go “Aha! That’s how!” And then knit myself one of course (-:

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    25th October 2011 at 2:06 am

    Lovely cowl. Your design is intriguing

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    25th October 2011 at 2:55 am

    I dream of having a daughter who can write wonderful patterns for me! What a talented duo!

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    25th October 2011 at 3:12 am

    I’m intrigued by this pattern and want to knit it even though I’m working on a deadline for Halloween. Knitted costumes are maybe not my best idea!

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    25th October 2011 at 3:15 am

    Oh my gosh, Lily you are a genius! I love the cowl and for people like me, it eliminates the frustration of trying to wrap it around your neck comfortably.

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    25th October 2011 at 3:16 am

    What a wonderful concept for a scarf. I quite like both. I bought the copy of The Knitter on the weekend and saw Lily’s pattern. I quite like that she has teen sizes in her patterns so I can knit them for my daughter!

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    25th October 2011 at 3:26 am

    Oooh, I love the patterned one. And the construction is awfully intriguing.

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    25th October 2011 at 7:05 am

    That looks gorgeous, I’d love to have a go at knitting this! I haven’t seen that new knitting magazine, I must take a look in our local shops to see if I can find a copy.

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    25th October 2011 at 7:11 am

    Love this idea! πŸ™‚

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    25th October 2011 at 9:33 am

    Great cowl! A genius pattern.

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    25th October 2011 at 11:42 am

    Kentmere looks great and just the thing for my daughter (a year or so younger than Lily) who is at the garter stitch stage with her knitting but would like an interesting result. (Would it pair well with Urchin beret, I wonder?)

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    25th October 2011 at 2:38 pm

    What a clever design! I would love to knit it.

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    Cheryl S.
    25th October 2011 at 3:38 pm

    How lovely!

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    25th October 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This is gorgeous! So simple yet so lovely!

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    25th October 2011 at 4:41 pm

    What a clever design! I love to see the work of young designers. It is so great to know that knitting will be a part of many generations to come. Knit on, Lily!

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    Mandy C
    25th October 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I love the idea of this! How did you get into designing? I’d love to be able to come up with these things!

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    Rita norton
    25th October 2011 at 7:09 pm

    What a great pattern!
    Very clever design and just wanting to be in my pattern collection
    Can’t wait to try it
    Good luck on the mag will check it out

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    25th October 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Love your “forward” thinking in pattern style. Please more more more. Thank you. I will now be a devoted follower.

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    25th October 2011 at 7:17 pm

    That cowl/scarf is amazing! I’d love to have it!

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    25th October 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Well this was a fab post to break your hiatus with! That is one fab looking pattern so please enter me in the draw for a copy but most of all big congrats on your blossoming knit photography career πŸ™‚ I shall be looking at for a copy of the new magazine.

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    25th October 2011 at 8:20 pm

    What an interesting construction of the cowl, and it looks oh-so cozy!

    congrats on the magazine features πŸ˜€

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    25th October 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Beautiful patterns! Perfect for cozying up with a cup of tea to simply relax, and still feel productive.

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    25th October 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Really lovely! Would love to get that pattern πŸ™‚

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    25th October 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait to knit it. I can just imagine all the questions the unique design will bring up!

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    Kelly K.
    25th October 2011 at 9:00 pm

    What fantastic cowls that is sure to be a classic! Great for dressing up and down. Lily is such a talented knitter and am looking forward to all the great things she still has to offer!

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    25th October 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Such a lovely design with a twist. DD wants both! Best I do the patterned one and she can do the garter. Enjoy half term.

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    25th October 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Yay i’d love the chance πŸ™‚

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    Ashlynn Wright
    25th October 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Pick me pick me! :-)) What stitch pattern was used for the green dk one? Lovely!

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    26th October 2011 at 12:41 am

    How lovely! Lily to the rescue! The colorway of the garter stitch version looks so beautiful on Lily.
    Congratulations on the magazine issue and your photographs. I hope I can find it in the states. Thank you for this wonderful offer to knit one of Lily’s originals!

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    26th October 2011 at 12:42 am

    Have always loved seeing what you two are up to — always great things, it seems, even when I don’t get to check in very much LOL. LOVE the cowl — I’m in a totally “destashing” mode and looking for elegant things — well, here we go!

    And thanks so much for the app info — have just downloaded it. Congrats to both of you on such great projects all the time!

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    26th October 2011 at 12:44 am

    Wild! I can’t wait to see the pattern for this one!!!

    I missed you two these past weeks. So nice to have you back!

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    26th October 2011 at 2:50 am

    I LOVE this cowl. I have yet to not love any of the patterns your have written. Definitely a must have for fall.

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    Morgan H.
    26th October 2011 at 4:31 am

    Wow! I love the simple look and that extra oomph with the twist!

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    26th October 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love Lily’s patterns. So elegant! The cowl is great. Keep it up!

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    26th October 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Lovely pattern, talented mother-daughter duo

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    26th October 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Love the Twist on garter stitch, looks like fun!

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    Jeannette T
    26th October 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Absolutely love it! My daughter who lives in Seattle just asked if I could knit her a cowl so she would have something to put on when she takes her golden Cooper for a walk. I know she would love it.

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    26th October 2011 at 7:35 pm

    OH MAN that scarf is awesome!!

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    Rosario B
    26th October 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Love both versions of the cowl! Would love to make one for my daughter who is away in college.

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    26th October 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Beautiful pattern! Very versatile for fall and winter! I’m adding it to my Ravelry favorites!

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    26th October 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Another lovely design by Lily!!

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    26th October 2011 at 9:08 pm

    lovely pattern, wonderful and inspiring mother daughter duo.

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    26th October 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I am in awe. Love the pattern, and really hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    kelly-ann (ravelry)
    27th October 2011 at 1:48 am

    Both versions are so pretty – I really love the yarn used on the textured one. Looks like a clever design. Congrats on the cover photo!

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    29th October 2011 at 4:51 pm

    So pretty! πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of entering to Knit Now as soon as I get a good idea…

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    Aparna Mulgund
    30th October 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Lily is so amazing.This is just the kind of project I need. Love it.

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    1st November 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Well done both of you. Great cowl, great photos.

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