Grafting Lace – Tutorial


This is a grafting tutorial for my yet to be released Dark Valentine Scarf/Wrap Pattern.

The project is worked in 2 pieces from the ends and grafted together in the centre to join.

The steps below can be used for grafting any project on the purl side, eg: simple stockinette will also work with this technique. The lace is worked on the right side, then grafted together on what would be the WS purl rows.

Grafting Steps:

Steps 1 – 3 are worked once, then Repeat steps 4 – 7 until 2 sts remain, pausing to check the tension on your work. For the  last two sts, repeat step 4, then step 6.

step 1

Step 1: Stitches from each half on separate needles, holding them parallel with wrong sides facing. Allow yarn for approximately 3 times the width of the project, use the tail from the piece further away and thread with a tapestry needle.

step 2

Step 2: Insert the needle into the first st, closest to you knitwise and pull it through leaving the st on the needle.

step 3

Step 3: Insert the needle purl wise into the first st of the stitches furthest from you, pull the yarn through and leave the st on the needles.

step 4

Step 4: Insert the needle into the first st of the front needles knitwise, slipping the stitch off the end of the needle.

step 5

Step 5: insert the needle into the next st of the front needle purlwise, pull the yarn through and leave the st on the needle.

step 6

Step 6: Insert the needle into the first st on the back needles, purlwise, pull the yarn through slipping the st off the needle.

step 7

Step 7: insert the needle knitwise into the next st on the back needle, pull the thread through leavning the st on the needle.

step 8

Pause to check the tension as your work through the steps.


Cardinia Wrap


Happy Friday knitters,                                                                                                                           Finally Autumn has kicked in here and it looks all set to be a chilly, knitting friendly weekend here. Here’s one I knit earlier (sorry , couldn’t resist) the Cardinia Wrap and I am hoping it is chill enough to be able to wear it for the first time, I am looking forward to wearing this one. I knit my sample in beautiful Madelinetosh Merino light and, as you can see, had loads of fun selecting the colour combination.

I have a special introductory offer for this design on Ravelry until midnight Sunday, take $1 off the purchase price. More details are over on the pattern page.

Cardinia Wrap is named for the Australian Aboriginal word for Dawn. The layers of soft blue and dark and light neutrals with the star-like eyelets are evocative of the dawn light. Cardinia is a substantial wrap, perfect for the coolest of days. Worked from the bottom up, this is a straight-forward knit to enjoy with your favourite show



Barmah Shawl

Barmah Shawl


The days are finally growing crisp in the mornings, a sign my favourite season Autumn is here. A couple of days ago I was pleased to be wrapping my new design, the Barmah Shawl around to ward off the chill, I have been looking forward to wearing this cosy number, which I happen to have just released on Ravelry today.

Barmah is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning “meeting place”. I felt this was an apt name for this shawl with its trio of colours meeting along the way. Barmah knits up quickly in a DK weight yarn, for a cosy and satisfying project. Worked from the top down, the repeats are easily adjusted to make the most of your yardage. Choose 3 colours from the same family for an ombre effect, or go wild and create a technicolour dream-version.

Suitable for advanced beginner knitters.

Introductory offer: for the next 48 hours (to midnight March 5th, in your time zone) the Barmah shawl is only $4 with the check out code Barmah in my Ravelry store here.


Barmah Shawl


kinta pattern


2 is feeling like a rather auspicious number for me right now. 2 years ago, on the 22nd of the 2nd month I released my very first knitting design on Ravelry.  Kinta, pictured above, was my first.

Those two years have passed by by in a whirl, I have published 36 more patterns since then and have another 3 very close to publication and ever more in the works. Ever encouraged by the wonderful knitters who knit beautiful projects and keep my inspiration flowing.

I am looking forward to a great many more years of this and can tell you I have plenty in store for 2015, Meanwhile I wanted to have a special offer to celebrate this anniversary of mine.  For 2 days, from now until Midnight 22nd of the second, in your timezone. I will be offering a 2 for one special, add two patterns from my Ravelry store, and enter the code two on check out and you will only be charged for 1.

I have just been updating all of my patterns to a lovely new format, there is just Billa left to do, Folks who have previously purchased the pattern on Ravelry will have an update sent to them – so easy, I love it! I am quite excited to now have a unified layout to all of my patterns.

I hope your second month of 2015 is cruising along well, I’m feeling much more settled having moved into our (almost finished)  new home. The construction of this kept me distracted and busy for the final part of 2014, so I haven’t been here as much as I would have liked, now I have my lovely studio I’m eager to be in touch more.

I have been hanging out a lot on instagram, quite addicted these days. You can find me there@ambahobrien

Happy making lovely people.



Ladies of Luxe

red riding hood yarns ladies


I am pretty excited to tell you about a yarn club I am designing for. This is a special treat put together by Hannah of Red Riding Hood Yarns She has selected 3 designers to each create a design based on a Lady of Luxe…..I’m keeping zipped about mine for now, but I cannot wait to tell you all about my glam lady.

Here’s Hannah’s designer announcement:

First up we have Holly from Hollyberry Designs. Holly is a multi talented woman who dyes and designs and farms as well as raising her tribe. Holly has a flair for unique designs and you will love what she has come up with for this club.

Then we have Ambah from ambah whose design aesthetic is nothing short of glorious. Striking silhouettes and construction techniques make for truly head turning garments.

Jenny from JCL-Created Cuddles.Gifted Embrace is a relatively new designer, but her eye for detail makes for beautifully elegant designs. A true natural at taking luxurious yarns and turning them into something stunning.

And some club details:

Here are the details you need to know about this years Ladies of Luxe adults only yarn club.

Signups will be next week Wednesday 25th of Feb at 8PM NZT via email.

If the choice between the two clubs is too much to bare, there is the option of receiving both lots of yarn each month as a VIP for an additional cost of $90.

One of the months also has the option of an extra skein of yarn to give you more pattern options ( i highly recommend this ). This will be an additional $30.

Judging by last years clubs members are in for a real treat, there will be luxe yarn, pattern and treats edible and non…so exciting!

Visit Hannah’s facebook page for more details and feel free to ask her any questions. If you are keen you may need to stalk her update as she sold out of the limited spots last year.

Once the club is complete, I will release my design on Raverly – stay tuned.

RRY luxe


Kalari Shawl



Howdy Knitters, I have a new design fresh off the press and in my Ravelry store. I thoroughly enjoyed making mine and so did my testers, I have loved the variegated versions that have emerged during the test. Above is my pattern sample, knit in truly beautiful Wollelfe merino/silk gradient. The magenta prototype below is knit in possum fur yarn! Check out the details on my project page here.

Kalari is a delightfully simple knit, perfect for cosying up by the fire and  dreaming of warmer days, or sitting by the beach and drifting off in the sun. The result: a versatile shallow triangular shawl, the subtle textures are perfect for showing off a gradient yarn or your favourite solid/variegated colour. Worked from the top-down, the repeats are easily memorised and this shawl is readily adapted by simply increasing or decreasing the number of repeats worked.

I have a special introductory offer to celebrate the release of Kalari through to February 10, details can be found on the Ravelry pattern page here.





Nardoo Shawl

nardoo back small nardoo small


Inspired by the structure of feathers, the chevrons representing the 
branches or barbs of a feather, the Nardoo Shawl is an asymmetrical triangular shawl, featuring a geometric zigzag eyelet lace design. Worked from the left tip, stitches are increased along the bottom edge, creating points along this edge, with the bind off edge forming the right side. This construction allows for easy customization according to your yardage or desired finished size. This is a simple project, suitable for an advanced beginner.

Happy New Year Lovely knitting folk, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Festive season and are settling down to some fun knitting projects. I have just released a new pattern on Ravelry today, the Nardoo Shawl. Once you get into the rhythm of this knit it makes for perfect mellow, post festive season knitting.

I have an introductory offer, good for a few days – until midnight January 7,  in your time zone. You can find all the details on the Ravelry Pattern page here.

Have a wonderful day


Balamara Giveaway!

balamara giveaway

I have some copies of my new eBook, the Balamara collection to giveaway! I have decided to run it on my favorite social medial networks. I would love to have held it here too, however I was getting so spammed via my comments I decided to turn them off for a while, until I figure out how to manage the spam more effectively. So you can enter via Facebook, Ravelry and Instagram.

You’ll have to be quick for the Ravelry one as it’s a the next person to reply kinda deal…to enter on facebook, take a look at the Balamara Collection and reply to the post on my page (you’ll see it) telling me which you would make first and the 3 colours you would choose for your project. You can share it if you like for another chance to win. There’s 3 up for grabs on facebook and another 3 on Instagram, you can see the Instagram instructions in the picture below.


instagram giveaway

Balamara Collection



Balamara Collection.indb


Hello Knitters! Today I am excited to have just released my new pattern mini-collection; Balamara Collection. This is a result of a collaboration between myself and Sarah, the talented and lovely lady behind the gorgeous January Yarns. The colours in this range of hand-dyed yarn are saturated and rich. I just knew they would be perfect for a little collection I had been daydreaming about. I used the January Yarns Merino fingering for each of these projects – and made all of the collection with 3 skeins, actually I have quite a bit of the Grapefruit colourway left, you can expect to see that pop up again soon. This yarn is sturdy and also so soft, it was quite heavenly to work.

The Balamara Collection is a set of 3 patterns; Hat, Mitts and a Cowl/headband (2 in one there). design set featuring a simple stranded colour work geometric motif. Choose your favourite fingering weight colours, the small amounts required for the colour work areas may be the perfect use for your treasured leftovers. Complement with the matching Balamara Cowl/headband, Mitts and Hat, or knit these fast items for the gifting season. Many sizes are included with each pattern – the hat is sized child to large adult, the Mitts have 3 sizes to choose from and the Cowl/headband suits child – adult, so there really is something for everyone :)

Balamara is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning Morning Star.

I have a special introductory offer: take $1 off each individual Balamara pattern or the eBook in my Ravelry Store with the coupon code balamara. Good through Tuesday December 2nd.

I have loved seeing the tester’s colour combinations emerge, I look forward to seeing more projects knit up in wonderful colours too.

b mitts with hat small


Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2014


how’s that for some stats!

OK in addition to the gifting KAL I am running in my Ravelry group, I am participating in the GAL again this year. It’s all pretty exciting I have to say. I’ll be co-modding the hand and arm things thread in the Ravelry Indie Designers Gift-A-Long group. In addition to being a participating designer. Phew! the rest of this year is going to wizz on by!

What is the Indie Design Gift-A-Long? It’s prepping for the holidays as only fiber folks can, with special deals from tons of indie designers! The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 1.5 month long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by 293 independent designers.

From November 13 at 8pm US EST through – November 21, 2014 at 11:59pm US EST these 293 indie designers will be discounting between 4 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. There are eight KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, games, and generally a lot of fun! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 13 at 8pm US EST through – December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm US EST

Which patterns are discounted? All the participating designers have posted in this thread including a link to the bundle of patterns they are discounting, and showing a photo so that you can get a sense of their style, if you’re not already familiar with them. In addition, some of our industrious indie design elves have put together an amazing group of Pinterest boards that will allow you to browse through lots of designs at the same time. You can find all the links to the different boards here.

How do I get the discount? It’s easy peasy! Just purchase the patterns you want directly from the designers’ Ravelry shops between 8 pm US EST on Thursday, November 13th and 11:59 pm on Friday, November 21st, and enter the coupon code giftalong2014 at checkout and 25% will be automatically taken off the total price.

I have a selection of patterns discounted for the sale you can see them in the bundle in my Ravelry store, and all of my patterns are eligible to be knit during the GAL* and you can double up and join the gifting KAL in my group too for extra chit chat, fun and even more opportunities to win prizes.

The prizes are impressive! here is a list of all the physical prizes on offer during the GAL (swoon) that doesn’t include all of the digital prizes, below is a peek at the prizes up for grabs in the Gifting KAL in my group.

Are you planning to knit gifts for this festive season? Will you be joining us in one of the KAL’s? Hope I get to hang out with you in one of the threads.

kal prize* note: while you may knit any of my patterns in the GAL, to be in the prize draw the patterns must be a for sale or paid for pattern (not one of the free ones) you can enter either kind of pattern in the KAL in my group.

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