Tools for successful sweaters

Little Red in the City begins with a seventy-two page reference section that will give you the tools you need to plan sweaters that fit perfectly. A great sweater will no longer be a happy accident. Included are details on: 

Selecting an appropriate yarn for the garment's purpose and design details.

Making swatches that don't lie.

Taking measurements and choosing a size to knit.

Adapting shaping for a perfect fit.

Blocking for a professional finish.

Following is a section of detailed tutorials for some of Ysolda's favourite techniques to incorporate into sweaters: crocheted provisional cast on; long tail tubular cast on; three ways of working short rows; and one-row buttonholes. 


The patterns

All patterns are also available as individual pdfs, to purchase a single pattern click through to the pattern page.

Little Red in the City includes seven patterns for women's garments so that you can put the skills learned in the first part of the book into practise. 

Each pattern includes clear directions for at least 15 sizes up to a finished bust measurement of 58 or 60".  Multi-size numbers are presented in tables. Fill the pattern out with the numbers for your size before beginning or combine the stitch counts for different sizes for a perfect fit for your shape. 

Six of the seven patterns feature innovative seamless constructions and the majority are worked from the top-down. Schematics provide a reference for finished measurements but an exploded view gives a roadmap of the construction. 

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Cria, with its simple lines and elegant construction, has just the right amount of vintagey charm. Cute little pockets to hold something tiny and precious, a choice of short puffed sleeves or long buttoned cuffs and the combination of the crisp garter stitch yoke and soft drape of the body combine for a cardigan that’s both adorable and classic.


Everyone who has seen Angostura seems surprised when I tell them it’s worked in worsted weight, surprised but pleased that it will be faster to knit than they were expecting. There’s something about the delicate tracery of twisted stitches that come together in shaped cable patterns at the waist which gives the illusion of a garment worked in a much finer yarn. Smart, flattering, cosy and fun to knit there’s a lot to love about this pretty vest.


A cabled tree motif on the bottom right of the body grows out of deep ribbing, echoed in the vine like pattern that flows around the deep scoop neck. Fitted set in sleeves and hourglass shaping keep things simple and flattering so the focus is on the details.


My goals when designing Laika were simple. So often in warmer weather I find myself reaching for the store bought cardigans in my wardrobe over the handknits because they’re thin enough to stuff in my bag. Lace can be delicate and girly, but it can also be simple and geometric and I love knitting on simple lace patterns because they grow so fast and mould to the body so well. Laika is the perfect cardigan to carelessly throw in your bag as an extra layer with any outfit, pretty but casual, lightweight but not too delicate.


With a scoop neck featuring a border of birds that frames the face, pleasing garter stitch edges, and darted shaping Chickadee is sweet, fun to knit and very wearable. As the two samples shown illustrate the colours you choose can create very different looks, have fun experimenting.


Lauriel features a yoke that flatteringly combines round yoke and set in sleeve shaping in an intriguing seamless construction with underbust gathers and a fitted waist that’s easy to fit perfectly. Twisted ribbing at the neck grows organically to form the outlines of leaves with eyelet flowers at their centres. These leaves are echoed as a motif on the cuffs and body, flowing down into the deep ribbed waistband.


A collection titled Little Red in the City just wouldn’t be complete without a sweater perfect for little red riding hood to wear in the city. A fairy tale draped hood, cape like gathered yoke and flared hem combined with practical pockets, sleeves and a pretty and sturdy honeycomb edging.