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The Lost Patterns File

Have you seen these patterns? Perhaps if you’re a long-time reader you may remember them. The Country Stockings, the Dovetail Shawl & the baby version of the Houses Slipover. These are all patterns that were destined to be in the Houselock collection, but were never actually released. Why? The shawl & stockings are even written up!

Country Stockings

Country Livin'

It’s hard to give a definite answer. I think part of it was my inexperience. Releasing patterns (or anything, actually) is a scary business. Still, designing, knitting, writing up, and photographing a pattern, and then not doing anything with it? Silly. And lazy.

I regularly get messages from people looking for these patterns, and I have to tell them a little sheepishly that they were never released, and won’t be in the near future. The pieces themselves are now in storage in the UK. The patterns are tucked away in my hard drive, all on their lonesome, when instead they could be duplicated and reduplicated all around the world; proliferating in all manner of shapes and colours, and perhaps bringing a little excitement and delight to knitters.

baby vest

Baby Blues

The baby version of the Houses Slipover (looking appropriately mournful in these photos) was, admittedly, a failure. I knit it upon fervent insistence, but it didn’t occur to me that the motif is rather large, and babies are rather small. Ha! Oh dear, this is turning into “Knitting & Crochet Confession Week”. ;)

baby vestCountry Stockings detail

Still, all yarns can be reknit, retold, and not all those who wander are lost. Hopefully these patterns will come Home yet. :)

31st March, 2011  // Houselock, Laylock // tags: , , , .


  1. josiekitten says:

    That Dovetail shawl is beautiful. I do hope you are able to write up the pattern some time.

  2. rachel says:

    the dovetail shawl is lovely. i bet quite a few knitters would be happy to see that pattern some time in the future!

  3. Mags says:

    Aww, that’s sad! I would love to knit and wear those stockings :(

  4. Tawnee says:

    I love those stockings =[ They look super cute

  5. Francesca says:

    You can still publish those patterns and now that you have more experience you’ll do a better job. Even if you have to wait to be back in the UK, those patterns won’t become old. :)
    The dovetail shawl is lovely. Don’t give up on it.

    • laylock says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Francesca! I think you’re right, I can do a better job writing them up now. Maybe it was better that I waited!

  6. Fay Lynn says:

    The picture of the stockings is just wonderful.

  7. katili says:

    Beautiful photos! That is so sad about your patterns :( I just released my first pattern, so I completely know what that little pit in the belly feels like. Still, I’d love to make that shawl one day…

    • laylock says:

      Thank you! Good luck with your patterns. Your site looks amazing; you clearly have the skills & aesthetic to make it work. :)

  8. Claire says:

    Also loving the shawl. I would love to knit that someday!

  9. Kepanie says:

    I hope these patterns are free one day. They look so lovely.

  10. […] … for the Country Stockings I mentioned on Thursday… […]

  11. Julie Tremain says:

    Dear Laylock…..I also am looking forward to knitting the Dovetail Shawl…it is absolutely stunning!! Please keep me posted on it’s progress!!!Thank you!!

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