The patterns 

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Whimsical Little Knits 1 includes nine patterns plus the book exclusive Grown Up booties. 

Each pattern includes clear directions, a choice of written directions or charts whenever appropriate.

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Ishbel is a simple shawl pattern that can be worked in two sizes and two different yarn weights. The smaller, fingering weight version makes a cosy but pretty scarf while the larger, lace weight version can be worn as a scarf or draped elegantly around the shoulders. The solid stockinette centre lends simplicity to the design and adds extra warmth when knitted in thicker yarn. Ishbel is edged with a beautiful vine pattern and finished with elegant scalloped points.

The shawl begins at the centre and is worked outwards to the edging. Working increases at both ends of every row, rather than every second, creates a relatively shallow triangular shawl that makes it the perfect shape to wear as a scarf. Either size can of course be worked in either yarn weight.


Stay cosy in this stylish and practical beanie and fingerless mitts set worked in two colours. The interesting textured stitch pattern helps to keep you warm and is simply achieved with slip stitches - meaning that you’re only ever working with a single colour per round. The hat is given in four sizes, and the mitts in three so you can be sure of a perfect fit.

Tiny Shoes

Adorable Mary Jane style booties worked in fingering weight yarn. The perfect way to use up your leftover sock yarn and showcase two special little buttons. These tiny shoes are a wonderfully quick but satisfying knit that’s sure to be an appreciated gift.

Hap Blanket

Snuggle up in this pretty blanket inspired by the traditional everyday shawls of the Shetland Isles. The blanket begins with the centre square of squishy garter stitch worked in a simple stripe pattern. Then the feather and fan (old shale) edging is worked by picking up stitches around the centre square and working outwards in rounds in a stripe pattern that echoes the beautiful shading often found on hap shawls. If this simple example of the basic idea inspires you to learn more about hap shawls, Sharon Miller’s Shetland Hap Shawls Then & Now is a wonderful reference.

Icing Swirl Hat

A cute slouchy hat that knits up quickly in a bulky yarn. Featuring just enough lace detailing to keep things interesting, without requiring too much attention. The hat begins at the top with a simple I-cord and is then joined in the round, increasing with columns of spiralling yarn overs. All of the shaping is worked at the centre back, perfectly gathering the extra slouchy fabric.

Ishbel Beret

My friend Rebecca had yarn leftover from her Ishbel and wanted a beret pattern that would go with the scarf. So this one’s for you Rebecca.


A sweet little mouse that’s fun to knit from just a small amount of yarn. Mousie’s knit almost entirely in the round with minimal seaming. The body is worked in one piece, beginning with the charming I-cord tail and ending with the tip of his nose. Then sts are picked up for the simple I-cord limbs and big, alert ears. Mousie is the perfect gift for anyone who needs a mischievous little companion, including yourself.

Grown Up Booties

What could be better than wrapping your feet in snug, squishy garter stitch? This is a very simple pattern that any beginner could easily tackle, while its nostalgic appeal and endless adaptability make it a fun project for even the most experienced knitter. Try embellishing your booties with ribbons, pom-poms or buttons.


Meet Poppy, a sweet little doll who would make the perfect gift for any child. Or, if you can’t bear to give her away, she’d love to be friends with you too. Knit seamlessly in the round from the top down Poppy is quick to knit from small amounts of yarn. Instructions are given for her cute Mary Janes and dress, but dressing her is a great opportunity to get creative.