About Lottie

I have always been creative, but only started knitting as an outlet for my creativity while recovering from illness, and have never stopped since!

I love to use different stitch patterns and textures in the same garment depending on the properties I want the fabric to have and I like to make stitch patterns flow into one another. I am inspired by interesting techniques and constructions and am always experimenting with ideas for my next design.

My first design was published in the book ‘Coffee Cozies’ (GMC 2009) when I was a runner up in a competition to design a cafetière cosy in ‘Knitting’ magazine (GMC) . I then won the Sirdar ‘Design a Summer Knit’ Competition (also run in ‘Knitting’ magazine) and my winning design ‘Waves Beach Dress’ was published in issue 77 of ’Knitting’ magazine in June 2010. Since then I have produced several designs for Artesano, working with both Artesano and Manos Del Uruguay yarns, and my designs have been featured in magazines ‘Knitting’, ‘Let’s Knit!’ and ‘Knit Now’.

When not designing I work in the ever inspiring environment of Stash Fine Yarns in Chester.

You can find all my published designs on Ravelry here: Designs by Charlotte Walford

4 thoughts on “About Lottie

  1. Hello Charlotte,
    I hope that this note finds you well. I have come across one of your patterns and I’m having difficulty with it. I’m not sure if I need it explained in a yellow crayon format or what. But it’s your Newfoundland Scarf It’s gorgeous. But I’m stuck. I’m stuck at the part where it has me place 10 of the stitches on the temp needle. So after I did 5 then the other 5, it tells me to work another 19 rows. I’m thinking, “how does one do that when part of the scarf is still stuck on the temp needle” and “work a further 19 rows as row 1…how?”

    I want to make this so badly, but I tried to figure out how you’re explaining it, but then the scarf looks as though it is half folded. It doesn’t gracefully angle.

    Oh how I wished that there was a better way (directions) for me to understand… Can you help?

    Thank you,

    Staci

    • Hi Staci,

      Firstly, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately designing is not my day job, so it has to be fitted in around work and I’ve been a little poorly with migraines this week, so if I’d replied earlier I probably wouldn’t have made much sense.

      So, basically the scarf is just one big cable, worked in rib, which creates a twisted sculptural effect. So first you knit 20 rows in rib (Row 1 and then 19 more rows in pattern), then your next row (Row 21) is a cable row, so using a DPN (double pointed needle instead of a cable needle because of the large number of stitches involved) you slip half the stitches to the DPN and hold at the front of the work, then work rib the stitches left on your left hand needle, then you work rib over the stitches on the DPN. So now you’ve completed the cable row all your stitches should be on the right hand needle.

      Then you work 19 more rows in rib, then another cable row, just like Row 21, and continue in this way until your scarf is the desired length.

      I hope that makes it a little clearer for you, if you’re on Ravelry you can always ask me for help on there, my username is Lottieknits, just PM me or leave a comment on the relevant pattern or in my Ravelry group, Lottieknits Designs.

      I’d love to see the scarf if you make it!

      Best Wishes,

      Lottie x

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