The Knitting Patterns

Each pattern has written instructions laid out as follows: 



At the beginning of each pattern you will find the measurements for the finished project. Many of the projects are accessories, hats, shawls and scarves, so the measurements given are approximate as the items are designed to stretch when worn. If your chosen pattern is multi-sized all the widths and lengths are listed.



This indicates the weight of yarn (e.g., worsted) and amount needed to complete the design. All of the projects that use more than one shade of yarn will include a quantity for each shade used. The quantities of yarn are based on average requirements and are therefore approximate.



Listed are the suggested knitting needles to make the project. The smaller needles are usually used for edgings or ribs, the larger needles for the main fabric of the work. You might need to use different needles to achieve the gauge or tension stated in the pattern.



This indicates the additional items you may require
to finish your project. 



This is the single most important factor when you begin knitting. The fabric tension is written as, for example, ‘22 sts x 30 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over stocking stitch (stockinette stitch) using 4 mm (US 6) needles.’ 
Each pattern is worked out mathematically; 
If the correct tension is not achieved, the project will not fit as intended. Before embarking on knitting your project, we recommend that you check your tension as follows: Using the needle size suggested, cast on 5–10 more stitches than stated in the tension specification paragraph and work 5–10 more rows than stated. 
When you have knitted your tension square, lay it on a flat surface, place a rule or tape measure across it horizontally, and count the number of stitches that fall within a 10 cm (4 in) space. Place the measure vertically up the piece and count the number of rows. 
These figures should equal those stated in the pattern tension note. If you have too many stitches to 10 cm (4 in), try again using a larger needle; if you have too few stitches to 10 cm (4 in), use a smaller needle.
Note: Check your gauge regularly as you knit; once you become relaxed and confident with your knitting, your gauge can change.


Substituting Yarns

If you substitute a yarn not from the Yarntelier range of yarns you must match the tension/guage stated in the pattern. All the patterns in this book are worked out mathematically to the specified generic yarn weight. If the correct tension is not achieved your project will turn out too big or too small. The tension will be stated on the yarn label, and I strongly recommend that you knit a swatch of your chosen yarn before embarking on the design. 



Each pattern lists the abbreviations used in the instructions.



Instructions are given for the first size, with larger sizes in parentheses. Where only one figure or instruction is given, instructions apply to all sizes. 


Pattern Errata

We work really hard to make sure that our patterns are as clear and accurate as possible and all patterns have been carefully test knitted and edited. However, knitting patterns are complicated  and unfortunately errors sometimes slip through and are mostly typography mistakes. When we are alerted to an error we update the pdf version as quickly as possible. 
For errors in the printed books there will be an errata page listing all the pattern updates. If you find a mistake in one of our patterns please let us know at


Pattern Support

We provide pattern support for Yarntelier via email, if you need help with a pattern please email us at with the name of the pattern and as much detail as possible about the problem.