September 23, 2021

Life is a Mix Tape

  • An illustration of a tape casette and the words Holiday Mix Tape inspired Advent box.

We can't wait to share our take on a Mystery Yarn Advent kit with you! This year's theme is Holiday Mix Tape, and it's all inspired by our family's favorite holiday music. Turning on the holiday music while we decorate, wrap gifts, bake cookies, and spend time together is a huge part of the season for us and I want to share some of that with you. Each colorway is inspired by a different holiday tune, and the entire box vibe is inspired by those mix tapes I used to make in years past.

Preorders close soon for the Jilly & Kiddles 2021 Advent Box. This box will ship to be received in November 2021, so you will have it to start opening on Dec 1st. Your Advent Box will have everything you need for a holiday season full of Fibery Fun!

Advent Box includes:

– 24 Mini skeins the the base of your choosing, one to open each day, starting Dec 1st through Dec 24th.
– Exclusive xix tape-inspired project bag
– Extra surprises from me to open on days of your choosing or all at once – all themed, of course!
– U.S. shipping is Free!
– Each item will arrive individually wrapped for you, and the minis will be marked with the date to be opened. It's like getting a special surprise gift every day during Advent–isn't that fun?
– You'll receive access to my Holiday Mix Tape playlist so you can listen along too!

Want to join me on this festive trip down memory lane? Order yours today so you don't miss out. Photos of yarn and goodies are examples of last year's box to give you an idea of what could be included — please keep in mind that this year's box will be completely different and is a mystery. That's part of the fun!

September 21, 2021

Paradisia Wrap

  • A woman models a striped wrap in dark and light greens.

I am happy to be able to present one of my favorite designs to date. The Paradisia shawl.

About the shawl:

Paradisia is a different shawl with a sagittal shape inspired by the trees’ roots and the leaves’ veins. When I designed Paradisia, I wanted to create a shawl with a fantastic and romantic essence that you can wear in many ways. Knitted in sections of garter stitch and stripes and short rows, it is perfect for knitting effortlessly but keeping your concentration on your knitting.

Notes on construction:

It is knitted from the bottom to the top creating increases on both sides and a double decrease in the center to form a spine. In the middle of the shawl, we divide it into two tongues made up of sections of short turns with which we close the garment.

You can find the pattern on my website and also in my Ravelry store. Also, I remind you that if you are part of my Patreon in Tier Fingering, you will receive all my patterns every time I publish them.

Happy Knitting!

September 14, 2021

Let me introduce you your next knit: Papirus

  • A light-skinned woman with gray hair wears a large gray striped triangle shawl bandana-style.

Papirus, my latest pattern, is a classic triangle shawl, perfect to envelop you during the chilly days of winter. It is the perfect Netflix knit, as you don’t have to count too often or concentrate too much: the lace is easy to remember and the stockinette bands provide the right amount of relaxation.

From September 15th, ALL my patterns are discounted throughout the weekend, to celebrate my birthday! You get a special discount (alongside my newsletter subscribers), higher than the general public! With code HBSARA47 at checkout you will receive 47% off on all my patterns, so this is the time to cast on something fun!

September 10, 2021

Hello Starshine Shawl Pattern Release

Hello Starshine is a crochet asymmetrical triangle shawl that uses three colors of fingering-weight yarn that evoke a sunny day. There are three color sections that each include a solid crochet part, a shell stitch part and a fading stripe part that transitions to the next color. Pick yarns that make you smile and crochet your way to a happy shawl!

September 3, 2021

Vineyard Bay Shawl Knitting Pattern

  • A woman holds up a beige, rust and gray triangle shawl.

Vineyard Bay Shawl is a cozy accessory that can be made in any three colorways or one solid. Try contrasting colors for interesting designs. This is a triangle shawl knit from the top center down to the point. Throw it on for summer and autumn evenings at the vineyard while enjoying a flight of wines. It’s perfect for chilly summer nights as a wrap, or wrap around you for your autumn stroll. Overall dimensions 76” L x 34” W (47” on each side). Made in four skeins of DK-weight yarn.

August 31, 2021

Yellow Brick Rodeo

  • A yellow sweater with a variegated slipped-stitch yoke.

Whether it’s your first rodeo (for a top-down yoked sweater) or not, this quick knit is a terrific way to let a variegated colorway shine. The spiraling zigzag pattern uses only one strand of yarn on any given round—no stranding—and is worked by simply slipping a stitch here and there. The not-too-cropped bodice is in relaxing stockinette stitch (no purling!) and is easily lengthened if you prefer. Plus, the yoke pattern is both charted and written out line by line, so you’ve got this!

The pattern is on sale at a 30% discount through Saturday, Sept. 4th — use the code lionsandtigersandbears on either Ravelry or Payhip.


August 11, 2021

Indie Dyer + Pattern Designer Collaboration

A woman models a yellow and orange hat and cowl.

Southern Skeins is pleased to announce a collaboration with designer Johanna Underwood.

The Taste of Home Hat pattern is inspired by a line in a children’s book where a mother is speaking to her child, this pie crust weave brings to mind memories of fall and holidays spent with family.

Johanna learned to crochet at an early age from her grandmother, and grew up surrounded by beautiful handmade crafts. Years later she taught herself to knit while working overnight shifts as a counselor at a group home for teenage girls. Neither craft was “love at first sight”, but with practice, patience, and persistence she discovered her creative passion. Anyone who knows her can attest to rarely seeing her without knitting or crochet in her hands (or at least in her purse).

After the birth of her son in late 2020, she began designing her own pieces and decided to share her simple, cozy designs with the world. Johanna lives in central North Carolina with her husband, son, and two black cats.

You can use one of my sock sets or a single skein of Southern Sock. You can also subscribe to the Sock Yarn Box or make a one-time purchase to get a surprise skein.

Mesquite and turquoise are the perfect pair in this shawl!

  • A woman holds up a gold and turquoise triangular shawl.

I had the pleasure to call San Angelo, Texas my home for about a year. This small Texas city is steeped in rich history and a surprising art scene. While living there, I fell in love with mesquite artwork inlaid with turquoise. There is something magical about this combination.

This fun triangular shawl is worked from the center out featuring short rows, wrapped stitches, and a fun mosaic colorwork motif.

Use coupon code MESQUITE to get 10% off this pattern until midnight on August 16th.

Be sure to check out the Ravelry project pages — my testers made absolutely breathtaking versions of this shawl!

July 29, 2021

Mystery Yarn Club – Fall 2021

  • A monarch butterfly.

It’s that time again — time for another installment of our favorite mystery yarn club! The Fall Sock of the Season Club order close on Monday (yup, THIS Monday) so be sure to go read more about these at and see if it’s for you. Traci of BritStitchery and I always have such fun putting together this themed mystery club kit for you, and it seems everyone loves receiving them as much as we love making them! The only thing is you need to order by Monday to get your hands on one. The kit will ship a few weeks later and then we host a Makers Social for everyone who purchased that season’s club installment. It’s such fun, and I hope you’ll join in!

This season is inspired by the photo you see here of a Monarch Butterfly. Did you know they fly and stop in Rhode Island (where we both live) during their winter migration? This kit will be themed all around these gorgeous butterflies and each item will coordinate and be wrapped up just for you. Did you order yours yet? Orders close Monday…

We have two options: you can do just the kit, and try it out (don’t worry, I know you’ll love it and be back for the next season) OR subscribe and you’ll get an early option to purchase the next season before orders open to everyone else. BTW, the subscription doesn’t mean you’re automatically charged for anything — just that you get an email with an early bird purchase option for the next season. There’s no commitment and you can opt out of getting the next season if you’d like… no worries at all.

The Sock of the Season Club is a collaboration between Jilly & Kiddles Yarn and BritStitchery Design. Read more about the club in the shop or peek at past seasons on IG. These are so much fun that we had to offer subscriptions because no one wanted to forget to order a season!

What could be better than a curated, nature inspired, mystery sock kit? It’s like a special treat just for you. So go ahead, treat yourself.

Knitting On Ice – A New Leg Warmer Pattern!

  • Pink and blue knit leg warmers.

A fuzzy leg warmer pattern in July?! Yes, I figure if you start knitting it now it will be done in plenty of time for it to actually be chilly enough to wear them! Save 10% now through July 20th, 2021 to celebrate the release!

Get retro and knit up some extremely cozy and totally ’80s-tastic legwarmers! Mohair held double with sock yarn makes these fuzzy legwarmers hold in a lot of warmth so you can skate on without getting cold ankles. Pick a self-striping yarn for a bit of extra colorful fun. This pattern features customizable calf shaping for the best fitting legwarmers that can be scrunched up if desired or can be worn up on the calves so they won’t fall down. They look absolutely adorable over some cute boots! The name of the pattern is inspired by one of all time favorite anime films, Yuri on Ice!, which is also the inspiration for the self-striping yarn color I used.

These legwarmers are knit from the bottom up in the round. The legwarmers are sized based off the ankle circumference and calf circumference. Pattern includes instructions for both slimmer and wider calves.

Legwarmer Size
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)6, 7, 8

Finished Legwarmer Ankle Circumference
5.5” (7”, 8.25”, 9.75”, 11”)12.5”, 14”, 15.25”

Looser ’80s Fit: Choose a size that is .75” – 1”/2 – 2.5cm larger than your measured Ankle Circumference.

Tighter Sock Fit: Choose a size that is 1”-1.5”/2.5 – 4cm smaller than your measured Ankle Circumference

Sample legwarmer in photos is a Size 5 knit in the Looser 80’s style fit with Large Calf.

Fingering weight held double with lace weight mohair/silk
182yds/166m (228yds/209m, 273yds/250m, 319yds/292m, 364yds/332m)410yds/375m, 455yds/416m, 500yds/457m of each yarn.

Yarn shown in photos is Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock in History Makers and Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Steel

US 3/3.25mm DPNs or 37”/94cm circular for Magic Loop.
US 4/3.5mm DPNs or 37”/94cm circular for Magic Loop.

22 sts x 32 rnds = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, blocked

Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch markers