Maggy is a versatile colourwork design featured in my new book, Evolution, a collection of 13 designs inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project.

About Maggy:

Maggy was inspired by the simple, geometric recurring motifs found in Margaret, from The Vintage Shetland Project. I have used just two motifs throughout. Rather than create another cardigan, I decided to create a colourwork waistcoat, providing warmth when needed but easy to remove when the temperature increases. The bands and welt are knitted in moss (seed) stitch echoing the finishing touches found on Vaila and creating a neat, stylish edge. Buttons are added purely for decoration with press fasteners also used.


Maggy is knitted in the round from the bottom up with a centre front steek worked throughout and additional armhole steeks are added when required. The shoulders are grafted together before bands are picked up and worked.


Three lengths of waistcoat are provided from with further information given to customise the length even further if required.


Theyarn used is Byre, a soft, fingering weight blend of Jacobs and Shetland fibres spun exclusively for me in a nearby Yorkshire mill. I have hand dyed four of the five shades to create a rich, autumnal palette of plums, golds and greens.


Please note the patterns from the collection are not available to purchase separately.



Susan Crawford Byre, (Fingering weight) 100% British wool (400m/416yds per 100g skein)

Suggested needles:

2.75mm (US 2) circular needle (40-60cm in length)

2.75mm (US 2) circular needle (80-100cm in length)

3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (80-100cm in length)



Waste yarn

Stitch markers

Buttons and Press Fasteners



Following a chart

Stranded colourwork

Working in the round

Cutting a steek

Picking up stitches



Yarn kits are also available offering a considerable discount on purchasing the yarn separately.


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