I am so happy to finally share my new pattern, Eferhild with you all. Eferhild is an old English name meaning warrior maiden. This pattern is inspired by the legends of shield maidens and warrior women who have left their mark on history, being both strong and protective and yet feminine and soft.

Eferhild shawl

Eferhild shawl

Eferhild is a kite-shaped shawl that is easy to wear and provides a warm, comforting shield of armour around the neck against winter’s cool winds. Its shape particularly gives a lot of warm to the front of the neck and chest area, yet fits comfortably under a jacket or coat.


The shawl begins at the narrow point and increases gently to form the kite shape. Elegant lace sections intersperse the solid crochet bands and the shawl is finished with a tassel on the pointy end.


Eferhild looks particularly beautiful in yarn that has long colour changes. I used Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy in colourway Flussbett, which means Riverbed in German. It takes 200g of yarn to crochet.


The pattern is simple and suitable for intermediate crocheters and adventurous beginners. The lace sections are charted and written in full to make it easy to follow.

I will be exhibiting at Yarndale in two weeks time and will have copies of Eferhild and the sample to try on if you are going to be there. Please come over and say Hi!


Eferhild is 20% off until the end of Monday 16th September 2019 (no coupon needed). Newsletter subscribers will get a larger discount as usual in the next email.

Happy crocheting,

Sarah x

Work-life balance

A little while ago I was approached by the Academy of Medical Sciences to feature in their MedSciLife project. They feature stories from people who work in medicine and health research who have passions and interests outside of their main career. They asked me to share how knit and crochet designing influences my career as an academic general practitioner and the similarities and differences between my roles. This is the video they produced.

I think the Barry Gibb and the AMS team have produced a great video. Filming it was far easier than I expected - particularly as I showed up thinking it was a photoshoot (completely my fault, I had not read the email properly and refused to believe I was going to be filmed!). We used BaaRamEwe yarn shop as the background as I love working with them and their colourful wall of yarn is a beautiful setting.

I think combining a life of design and academic medicine helps create balance, encourages my creative side but also helps with resilience when life has its ups and downs. I have knitted through illnesses, deaths of loved ones, when dealing with the frequent rejections that is a normal part of academic work and to wind down after a difficult day. Often my most creative moments of inspiration are when I am struggling with a different problem, and one idea often leads to the solution of another challenge.

You can read more stories from those who work in medical and biomedical research on the MedSciLife page and their passions outside of work, there are some very inspiring people on there.

Happy knitting,

Sarah x

Six-to-One Centred Decrease tutorial

Finishing cables that join together neatly can be tricky. In all of our Mystery Knit-a-Longs Ann and I have developed tutorials to help with the trickier and new techniques. This years MKAL, Two Heads Are Better, is no exception.

Two Heads Are Better MKAL crown details

Two Heads Are Better MKAL crown details

The cable pattern in the crown of Ann’s design has the cables coming together to finish neatly. The following YouTube video is the tutorial I put together to help work these. It makes a lovely centred cabled decrease.