Bess now available as a free knitting pattern!

I am delighted to announce my new knitting design, Bess. Bess is a beautiful beret and snug cowl featuring the Shetland lace pattern Old Shale. The pattern is free and can be downloaded here as a pdf. The yarn that I used was a single skein of the squishy alpaca and merino 4 ply, in the delicious colourway Blackberry.

The pattern is named after Bess of Hardwick, who was influential in the 1500s. Bess strategically married 4 times, gaining considerable wealth and power each time. She had a great desire to place her grandaughter, Arbella, on the throne - this was never realised. However, Queen Elizbeth II is a descendent of Bess!


Comments: 2 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Christine (Sunday, 08 May 2016 15:00)

    Lovely colours and yarn. Easy to knit, enjoying every stitch!
    Congratulations on a fantastic product

  • #2

    Rachael (Sunday, 08 May 2016 17:33)

    Thank you for your kind comments Christine! I'm so pleased you like it :)