February 13, 2017

Pitch Cowl

Triangles and parallelograms transform leftover linen yarn into a uniquely constructed shape shifting cowl that keeps the little grey cells engaged while actually being a simple knit. Pitch Cowl harkens to baseball stripes, geometry love, and bias construction, with just a touch of elegance in the top running edging.

The tech edited & test knit pattern includes written directions and a work flow schematic. Check out the You Tube “Pitch Cowl Short Row Triangle Demo” for a demonstration on Triangle 2.

February 9, 2017

Treat Yourself to the Sand Layers Shawl Kit

Cashmere yarn makes everything better, and our new Sand Layers Shawl project kit can be made with 2 or more colors from Series 2 of our Master Color Series (shown here in Macbeth, Absinthe & Blonde Ambition).

Each kit is available for a special discount and includes a print copy of the pattern, your choice of yarn colors in Xanadu, our 100% Mongolian Cashmere fingering weight yarn, a BBR project bag, samples of Allure Fiber Wash, and a custom-made stitch marker from Purrfectly Catchy Designs.

Click here to purchase the Sand Layers Shawl Kit.

February 6, 2017

Alternating Paths

Whether it’s concrete sidewalks or rustic trails that beckon you outdoors, grab your Alternating Paths sweater and hit the road enjoying fresh air and quality time with your family and friends, both human and furry. Your cheeks may be rosy when you arrive at your destination, but you’ll be warm and toasty, and looking great in your beautiful handknit sweater.

Construction Notes: Completely Seamless! The bottom hem is worked in 2 pieces, allowing customization for a longer back than front or tunic length sweater. Then the body is worked in the round to the under arms. The upper back and chest are worked flat to the shoulders, which are joined using the three needle bind off method. (Alternatively, bound off and seamed.) After the rolled edge is added to the neck, the sleeves are set-in by picking up stitches and worked top down to the cuff.

The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written with the cable repeat charted.

January 31, 2017


I have to admit I have a weakness for gradient sets that are made up of multiple colors instead of shades of one color (although I like those too, maybe it’s just that the little skeins look so cute when they’re lined up?)

Rockhound is a top-down crescent that begins with a garter tab cast on. Increases are worked on both right side and wrong side rows. The stitch patterning uses crossed slip stitches. The result is a shawl that is cozy and easy to wear.

The shawl uses approximately 400 yds of fingering weight yarn and a set of six gradient or mini skeins (110 yds minimum/each skein)

Finished Measurements (after blocking): 68”/173 cm in length by 15″/46 cm deep, after blocking

January 31, 2017

Boyfriend Bandana

This is the first in a series of bandanas designed for the boyfriend in your life that may be a reluctant wearer of traditional accessories.

There will be 4 basic designs, of which this is the first. Each of the designs will have two variations: the first (variation A) will feature the basics of the design, and the second (variation B) will feature the same design, in different colors, and have a pendant embellishment at the tip of the bottom point.

You may well find that the appeal extends far beyond the boyfriend, and you may end up knitting one for yourself – or even a girlfriend!

The amount of yarn needed for color C in either variation is small – around 50-75 yards/45-70 meters.

If you want to add the embellishment to variation B you’ll need a small pendant to attach to the bottom point during bind off. I chose a small gold-plated brass that’s a reproduction of preColombian jewelry I found on a recent visit to Bogota.

Pattern available in my Ravelry store.
Finished items hand knit by me available on Etsy.

January 30, 2017


Whether careening down black diamonds, shredding fresh powder on a snowboard, zipping over moguls on downhill skis, creating your own trail backcountry on cross country skis, or enjoying the fastest way down via zipline, Zipline is your go-to accessory! From sun up to sun down, this extreme winter sports inspired design keeps you covered from a snood in the early am, to a cowl when the sun shines off the white snow, to an emergency hat for one last run when the sun is setting the temperatures are going with it.

The tech edited and test knit pattern includes written directions and a chart of the textured pattern repeat to create a cowl, snood and a super slouchy hat.

January 26, 2017

Yarn Clubs and Knit alongs

Things have been quiet from The Vault lately but no longer! We have a new monthly yarn club, combining the best things, it might just be that I’m British but who doesn’t love yarn patterns and TEA! Yes I can’t overstate this, TEA my friends. Let’s not forget that It’s a Third Vault Yarns club, so it’s full of Sci Fi and Fantasy goodness. With that in mind our theme for February is Rey from The Force Awakens, don’t wait, get your sign ups in here as they close on February 10th.

We will also have the first installment of the Quarterly Yarn Club for 2017 opening for sign ups next week.

If that wasn’t quite enough yarn for you we’ve got our winter collection updated in the store with each of the colourways on a variety of bases. Inspired by books and fantasy themes; There Be Monsters, with the Atomic sea, lightning and strange creatures from the deep, More Steam, which represents a fantasy industrial age in Britain with Isambard Kingdom Brunel at its heart and Dragon scales with great shimmery iridescent scales. Check out the Collection at Thirdvaultyarns.com.

In the pattern world, we’ve recently released the next addition to the Glass collection of short row centric patterns with Blown Glass, a large drapey shawl, using short row techniques to help your knitting flow and cut down on the really long rows you get in large shawls. It’s also a great canvas for different colour combinations and you can even use your minis to make this shawl your own. So check it out now whilst it is on offer for the KAL.

Speaking of KALs, the For the Love of Short Rows KAL in the Third Vault Ravelry group is starting on Valentines Day, the 14th of February. This KAL is designed to help you get confident with short rows if you aren’t already, or just challenge you to try a new method. It’s fine to have tackled short rows before, if so pick a type of project you haven’t used them in and give them a go there. We want to help you discover or (reinforce) your love of short rows, so come join us! Pick one of the patterns offered for the KAL by some of our fantastic designers or bring one you’ve been hesitant to start and just have fun.

January 26, 2017

New pattern release: La Belle Dame sans Mercy

La Belle Dame sans Mercy is based upon a medieval love debate poem; the three panels of this semi-circular shawl represent the three main players in the poem. The middle panel is the narrator who is an unwilling eyewitness to the debate between the lover and the lady. Because he has recently lost his own lady through death, his thoughts are in turmoil with no place to rest. The outer two panels represent the lover and lady, starting off with a somewhat relaxed conversation that turns into a much more serious debate.

The pattern instructions use one main color and three accent colors; however, this shawl is easily adaptable to other color options from one solid color to a main body and border color to gradients. Pattern includes charts as well as fully written instructions, so you can use whichever instruction type you prefer.

Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat (100% superwash Merino, 512 yds/468 m per 110 g): 1 skein for Color A; 1 mini skein each for Colors B, C, and D (sample uses 1 full skein of Cabbages & Kings and the three lightest skeins in the Down the Rabbit Hole Phantomwise mini skein pack)
or another fingering weight yarn: approximately 500 yds/457 m of Color A; 90 yds/82 m each for Colors B and C; and 128 yds/117 m for Color D

US 6 (4.0 mm) 32” (80 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

22 stitches and 34 rows over 4” (10 cm) in stockinette, blocked

Finished Measurements
66” (168 cm) across the straight edge; 29” (74 cm) radius