Nine to Five Cabled Pencil Skirt

Something a little different from me on the blog today….. yes a skirt.

cable skirt jane burns knit

I designed this skirt for Simply Knitting magazine (issue 131) and I loved every minute of the process.  The designing, the playing with cables so that they would form the faux ties at the base of the skirt.  I even enjoyed all the grading maths.

cable skirt jane burns knit

The skirt is knitted using West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran yarn (there are some gorgeous colours to choose from, including a lovely deep deep purple).  It is written for sizes 8 – 26, so there are no excuses for not getting your needles busy…..

cable skirt jane burns knit

Happy Knitting,  Jane x


A Plethora of Purple Scarves…

Well it has been a busy start to 2015 for me and I realise that I am somewhat behind with updating my blog (naughty knitting blogger!).  But I wanted to bring the blog upto date and share some of the designs that have been released during the past couple of months.

The December Issue of Simply Knitting features a plethora of my creations, all designed to keep you cosy during the chilly months.  See if you can guess my favourite colour?

There were not one, not two, but four scarves featured in this issue….


Luxurious, which is a chunky knit scarf worked in Stylecraft, Tibet yarn.  It is a quick knit and can be worn many ways as you simply use the lace eyelets as buttonholes.


cable scarf knit JANE BURNS

Preppy Chic, this is another chunky knit with cables that run along the outside edge, to give this scarf some interesting shaping.  Worked in Stylecraft, Life Super Chunky, this really is a quick knit.


Rolling Waves, this little beauty is worked using Stylecraft, Senses Lace.  The yarn is so light and fluffy I can’t recommend trying this yarn out enough.  One ball of yarn is all that is needed for this cleverly crafted scarf, the yarn is available in some really pretty colours.  I am looking forward to seeing your finished versions of this project.


I am a big fan of self patterning yarn, it gives an instant look of complexity to your knitting with no extra effort.  I like to team the self patterning yarn with a solid coloured contrasting yarn for some extra wow.  So image my delight when West Yorkshire Spinners developed their Signature Birds range of sock yarn.  The self patterning yarn is available in Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Bull Finch, Owl, Pheasant and Mallard.  Each yarn has a coordinating solid coloured yarn.  These ‘Taking Wing’ mittens shown above are worked using Blue Tit and Cardamon.


knitted cowl JANE BURNS

Yes you spotted it, I said four scarves.  This linen stitch cowl was a free pattern for subscribers.  It only takes one ball of Stylecraft, Vision DK and is available to download from the Simply Knitting website here.

Happy Knitting everyone, as always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.

You can download a copy of issue 127 Simply Knitting here.

Big Bouncy Knitted Sunflower Cushion

Hello there my yarn loving friends, guess who got their design on this months issue of Simply Knitting?  That would be me and I am still grinning about it.

Measuring a whopping 50cm in diameter this cushion will bring a smile to more than one set of cheeks!

Make a statement with this bold cushion and bring some sunshine into your life no matter what the weather.  It is perfect indoors or out.


sunny days knitted sunflower cushion jane burns

Sunflowers not for you,  simply change the colour or go wild and knit each petal in a different colour for a truly bold statement!

I would as always love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.  You can download your copy of Issue 123 of Simply Knitting magazine here.   Happy Knitting!


front cover issue 123 simply knitting



sunny days knitted sunflower cushion jane burns

Hello from the Little Monster in my Pocket Pal Sweater

It has been both busy and exciting times here at Knitting Image headquarters (okay, in my studio).  There have been lots of exciting commissions, and new companies to work with. I find it such a challenge to keep quiet about my projects as I am working on them.  I cast off and immediately want to write a blog ‘show & tell’.

A while back the folks at Simply Knitting Magazine asked me to apply my quirky style to some children’s garments.  This is the first in a series of designs, allow me to introduce you to ‘Pocket Pal’

pocket pal monster sweater jane burns

A special thank you to this very handsome model

This adorable (even if I do say so myself) sweater has it’s very own baby monster which fits snuggly into the Mummy (or Daddy) monsters pouch.  Knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, it is beautifully soft against delicate skin.  The pattern is written for ages 0-6 months to 5 years and would look equally cute worked in a more feminine palette.

The sweater uses the Elizabeth Zimmermann sewn bind off for the neck.  This particular casting off method produces a very stretchy neckband, great for children’s garments.  This method developed by EZ of sewing the tail of yarn through the stitches creates a finished edge that perfectly mirrors the long tail cast on.

This is how you do it….

Leave a tail of yarn approx. three times the circumference of the neckband, thread this through a tapestry needle

  1. Insert tapestry needle into first two stitches on left hand needle as if to p2tog, draw yarn through (do not slip off the needle)
  2. Reinsert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle as if to knit, draw yarn through and slip stitch off the needle

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until all stitches are cast off.  You can find a great video demonstration here

pocket pal monster sweater jane burns

Issue 122 of Simply Knitting is available now, or you can download it from the App store and get knitting straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.


Mr KnittingImage makes his debut post

I know my wife so well I thought I may get away with writing this while pretending to be her, but it occurred to both of us that there was no point – so I’m guest writing this while Jane is busy keeping up with her deadlines – as well as making her presence known on Yarn Shop Day, but more on that in the coming days.

I’m always extremely proud to see her work in national magazines, and more so when her work is on the front cover, as in this months Simply Knitting issue 120 (the owl, top right!).

Simply Knitting Issue 120 May2014

Simply Knitting Issue 120 May 2014

The magazine features 3 creations:

Monster is a funky cover for your chosen brand of tissue. It’s made from simple parts sewn together, so is a great project for beginners. Googly eyes help with the oddball look, and the eyebrows can be arranged to create something as either crazy or intimidating as you wish :).

Pyjama Party owl is a pyjama case. I suppose it would be aimed at kids, but I prefer to think it’s for those of us young at heart. It features a cool stitch technique for creating the honeycomb pattern, and I’ve already seen knitters apply their own creative flair and use alternate colours to wonderful effect.

Finally Flying High, a relaxing mobile that’s sure to calm those still learning to find their voice when they should be sleeping – not that I’m scarred from fatherhood! It was great watching these simple balloon shapes come together, and piecing them together will be a joy for showing off your crafting skills.

First post complete – I think it’s time I make another cup of tea (knitters fuel) before getting back to writing code… well… it’s a Bank Holiday, perhaps I’ll get back to my gaming!

Until next time, stitch on and don’t forget to post your creations online and give Jane a shout on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, we love to see them!

On a Roll, Inside this months Simply Knitting Magazine

on a roll knitted felted needle roll

In this months issue of Simply Knitting magazine I have a few pretty patterns featured.  My favourite is this felted needle roll.  The roll is knit using Cascade 220, this was my first time knitting with this yarn and I … Continue reading

It's me, pinch me!

sk on the needles jane burns

I have been bursting at the seams to share this with you all,  after many years of reading Simply Knitting and dreaming of being the interviewed designer,  it happened they asked me!  Last night was spent repeatedly showing the magazine … Continue reading

Deck the Halls with Bells and Holly, erm Robins, Bows, Candy Canes

snowflake bauble simply knitting christmas decoration

I am going to mention it again,  I am sorry but it’s Chrisssssssssstmas *Slade plays quietly in the background*. When you were all applying your sun cream  I spent the scorching hot days in August (remember those?) knitting Christmas decorations.  Yesterday I was in … Continue reading

Fancy some quick and easy Halloween knitting?

Where did the sun go?  I look outside and it still hasn’t stopped raining today, it is grey and miserable.  My thoughts turn from summer lace knitting to winter knits.  I am not ready to think about Christmas gift knitting yet!  But I quite fancy casting on something fun and quirky for Halloween.  So I thought I would share with you my Halloween Designs that are available to download.  All these projects are worked in standard DK weight yarn and are very quick and simple to make.

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

halloween gifts 2012 eye balls halloween gifts 2012 ghost halloween gifts 2012 ghost1 halloween gifts 2012 spider head hugger halloween gifts 2012 treat basket halloween gifts 2012 treat basket2 halloween gifts 2012 wrist band

Or why not knit a pair of unisex skully socks,  these are worked in the round from the cuff down and use a crochet hook to apply the beads as you knit.  No having to load your with hundreds of beads before you cast on!

Check out this great video tutorial from Knitters Brewing, for beading with a crochet hook.

skull socks skull socks close up

Enjoy your long weekend x