Designs by Janice Anderson

« Inspiration for my design work comes from many places.  Nature, textiles, photography, animals, friends and family.  Usually the design begins in my head, progresses to my sketchbook and finally my needles.

I love creating toys with character.  To watch each personality grow on the needles is very satisfying. »


Festive Christmas Stockings

Festive Christmas Stocking in 4 ply

Festive Christmas Stocking in 4 ply

Bring some traditional festive cheer to your home with stockings of all sizes  –  by Janice Anderson 

These cute Christmas stockings can be knit in various sizes using any weight of yarn. Create a garland of colour by hanging many tiny stockings from some Christmas ribbon, knit a selection of sizes to suit each member of your family on Christmas morning or why not fill with chocolate treats and hang from the tree as thoughtful gifts?

Interesting and unusual techniques such as Turkish Cast On, Magic Loop and Latvian Braid, are described in full with the addition of photographs and useful links. In addition the pattern is available in two versions. Version 1 for the adventurous new knitter who likes a challenge and Version 2 for the more experienced knitter who thrives on the pretty but quick Christmas knit.

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Festive Christmas Stockings


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Mabel Mc Tavish Tea Cosies

Mabel Mc Tavish Tea Cosies

With this pretty Tea Time Cosy Set, not only will you keep the pot hot, but your mug too! –  by Janice Anderson 

The vintage inspired tea cosy comes in two versions. The serene two-colour cosy or the slightly crazy stash busting design. Both incorporate colour work, twisting cables and pom-poms for that finishing touch. In addition the Mug Cosy can be worked in two sizes with adaptations for a custom fit.

Worked ‘in the round’, with steeked openings for handle and spout, these quick and practical knits will be finished in no time. ”

Clear instructions and photographic tutorials guide the knitter through the required stages, making these projects ‘simple’ knits for the experienced steeker or perfect first projects for those who have never steeked before. ”

Ravelry Links to pattern pages:

Mabel Mc Tavish Tea Cosies
Mabel Mc Tavish Tea Cosy
Mabel Mc Tavish Mug Cosy


Trio of Shadow Knit Pillows

Trio of Shadow Knit Pillows

Trio of Shadow Knit Pillows 
Geometric, Heart Motif and Nautical Themed Pillows –  by Janice Anderson 

The Shadow (or illusion) knitting technique uses only knit and purl stitches to create a design which magically appears and disappears as you vary the angle at which it is viewed. 

A collection of pillows designed to suit those new to shadow knitting. The patterns provide detailed instructions in both written and charted form thus allowing the knitter to choose their preferred format. In addition you can choose give your pillow a fabric (or knitted) back by following the instructions provided.

Ravelry Links to pattern pages:

Nautical Knit Shadow Pillow
Geometric Shadow Pillow
Heart Motif Shadow Pillow
Trio of Shadow Pillows

©JennyRosePhotography

©JennyRosePhotography

Ramsay MacSporran 
Highland Dress – Kilt, Shirt, Sporran, Belt and Bagpipes  for Wee Black Faced Sheep by Janice Anderson 

What does every Scottish celebration require?  A Ram in a kilt, of course!  

January brings a revised edition to the Wee Black Faced Sheep wardrobe.  The Highland Dress outfit with new accessories for 2014.

A St Andrews Day dinner was the inspiration for the addition of a shirt, belt and the ‘Heilan Coo’  sporran to this pattern.  First published on Ravelry in January 2013 this design has been Wee Black Faced Sheep’s most popular outfit to date.  And so, I felt my knitty friends deserved a few little extras!

Ravelry Link to pattern page

Rudolph Ramdeer

©JennyRosePhotography

Rudolph Ramdeer 
Festive Jacket, Antlers and a Red Nose  for Wee Black Faced Sheep by Janice Anderson 

The perfect outfit for the North Pole this Christmas!  

December brings the latest edition to the Wee Black Faced Sheep wardrobe.  A Shetland Wool Jacket with snowy landscape and tiny Ramdeer motif will keep out those North Pole chills. While the Red Nose and Antlers will help our Wee Sheep to blend in with his Reindeer colleagues on Christmas Eve!  

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Herdy Jumper and Beanie Knit Pattern

©The Herdy Company — Herdy Jumper and Beanie Knit Pattern

Herdy Jumper/Beanie Knit Pattern
by Janice Anderson for The Herdy Company

The Beanie and Jumper instructions are available as a printed pattern from The Herdy Company.

The beanie pattern features the Herdy  ‘Peep’ logo and is sized to fit baby 6-12months (toddler 1-3 yrs: child 3-10 yrs, teen, adult woman, adult man) with head circumference of 45.5 (48 : 51 : 53 : 57 : 61) cm. With this wide range of sizes you may wish to knit one for every family member!

Herdy jumper -- Back

©The Herdy Company — Herdy jumper (Back)

The jumper features Herdy on the Front and the ‘peep’ logo on the Back. It is sized for children aged 1-2(2-3 and 3-4) years.

Note: Further explanations about the intarsia technique in particular are available on our Tutorial page.

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Cosy Cabled Toe-Up Socks

For knitters new to toe-up socks, and who like pretty cables

From left to right - Sock C, Sock A, Sock C (wide fit) and Sock B

From left to right – Sock C, Sock A, Sock C (wide fit) and Sock B
©JennyRosePhotography

Designed for knitters who are new to the Toe-Up method and who would like to try a sock with a little more difficulty. Instructions are given for two circular needles and include four versions of a basic sock.

Options are:

  • Cosy Cabled Ankle Sock (A),
  • Cosy Cabled Slouch Sock (B),
  • Heads & Tails Ankle Sock (C) and
  • Olive a Short Sock (D) with pretty cable panel.

Two widths of sock are offered, the length is easily adjusted to suit your own foot. All socks shown are knit in chunky (bulky) weight yarn on 6 mm (US 10)needles.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


James Galway
James the Galway Sheep 
A kind and quiet gentleman,  polite and well mannered at all times…..

A close relative of the ancient breed of domestic sheep originating in Galway, West of Ireland. James is a real sweater and slippers type of ram.  Although smaller than his Irish cousins James shares the laid back nature of the Galway breed.   White and hornless, with a woolly head and legs and a rather enigmatic smile.

You can see more images of James Galway here.

Ravelry Link to pattern page



Esther, Ernie & Enid Easter Chicks
 A simple knit to celebrate Easter.

These chicks originally featured in the  Organic Cotton Kid’s Collection by Rowan. They have been reworked in bright shades of Baby Merino Silk DK and re-named.  A quick to knit Easter gift for friends or family.

This pattern is available as a free download from Knitrowan (registration or login is required but no fee)


Love Heart ChicksLove Heart Chicks
 A simple knit for someone special on Valentine’s Day.

These chicks originally featured in the  Organic Cotton Kid’s Collection by Rowan. They have been reworked in 2 colours of the gorgeous Rowan Cotton Glace, with Rowan Baby Merino Silk Dk used for the legs and beak.

This pattern is available as a free download from Knitrowan (registration or login is required but no fee)


Julia - the not so wicked Woolly WitchJulia, the not so wicked
woolly witch
by Janice Anderson

‘Julia’ was inspired by the wonderful rhyming picture book, ‘Room on the Broom’ written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. (Perhaps better known as the duo behind ‘The Gruffalo’.)

She first came to life a few years ago as a mini Parent and Child workshop project, and is now very pleased to be appearing as the leading lady in our first Woolly Alliance production!

Download the pattern (free):
Julia – PDF in A4 format
Julia – PDF in US Letter format

Ravelry Link to pattern page


JA-c - Cable Jumper SheepWee Black Faced Sheep by Janice Anderson
The sheep who loves to dress  up for every occasion! 

This wee sheep was inspired by the Scottish Blackface breed which is found all over our landscape.  They are an extremely hardy sheep and often have spectacular curling horns making them easy to spot.
As curling horns can make wearing fashion accessories (especially hats) a bit tricky, our Wee Black Faced Sheep has no horns to get in the way.

You can see more images of Wee Black Face and his outfits here.

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Herdy Toy and Hot Water Bottle Cover
by Janice Anderson for The Herdy Company

Herdy Toy

The two Herdy projects featured here were originally sold as Knit Kits.  However, their popularity lasted long after the kits sold out.  It is great news that The Herdy Company have now made the pattern available as a free download from their website.

Both patterns use the Rowan British Sheep Breeds chunky yarn which is 100% British Wool and delicious!

Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover

Many of you have asked about this pattern via my Ravelry design page I have therefore included a photographic tutorial here to guide you with construction  and finishing. (Unfortunately I only have photographs available for the Hot Water Bottle Cover not the Toy)

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Little_Festive_Knits_2012Little Festive Knits
 A Christmas collection of seasonal pieces from the Rowan Design Team. 

This online collection features Sanquhar Felted Hearts by Janice Anderson. The hearts are knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed DK and Rowan British Sheep Breeds Dk,  two of my favourite Rowan yarns.

This collection is available as a free download from Knitrowan (registration or login is required but no fee)

View all images of Sanquhar Felted Hearts by Janice Anderson here.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Maipo-front-cover-616x800Ten Hand Knitting Projects using Araucania Maipo
 Ten designs created by Janice Anderson

This booklet is brought to you by Designer Yarns.  All designs feature Araucania’s Maipo bulky yarn.  Another beautiful yarn to knit.

This publication is available from various online retailers.  For a list of stockists see Designer Yarns website. 

View all featured designs by Janice Anderson in the Araucania Maipo booklet here.

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ranco-front-cover-581x800 Five Hand Knitting Projects using Araucania Ranco
 Five designs created by Janice Anderson and Aurelie Colas

This booklet is brought to you by Designer Yarns.  All designs feature Araucania’s Ranco 4ply Multi and Solid colours.  A beautiful yarn to knit.

This publication is available from various online retailers.  For a list of stockists see Designer Yarns website. 

View all featured designs by Janice Anderson in the Araucania Ranco booklet here.

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Herdy Cushion Cover Knit Kit
by Janice Anderson for The Herdy Company

Herdy Cushion Cover knit kit
©The Herdy Company

This cushion cover pattern is available only as a Knit Kit from The Herdy Company.

The cover will fit a 30cm x 30cm cushion pad, and is available in six different colourways.

If you wish to make a second cover, the Herdy Wool can be ordered direct from the company.

Herdy Cushion Cover Knit Kit (Back)
©The Herdy Company

The cushion is reversible with the Herdy ‘Peep’ logo featuring on the back.

Note: Further explanations about the intarsia technique in particular are available on our Tutorial page.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Herdy Rucksack Knit Kit
by Janice Anderson for The Herdy Company

Herdy Rucksack Knit Kit
©The Herdy Company

This rucksack pattern is available only as a Knit Kit from The Herdy Company.

The backpack is suitable for adults and children, measures approximately 30cm x 30cm when complete and can be ordered in six different colourways.

The rucksack has a drawstring and flap closure, and the shoulder straps are easily adjustable to suit the wearer.

If you wish to make another rucksack, the Herdy Wool can be ordered directly from the company.

Note: Further explanations to help with the making of this design are available on our Tutorial page.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Miranda - The Masham SheepMiranda The Masham Sheep
by Janice Anderson for Rowan

Miranda has been created to celebrate British Wool Week (15th – 21st October 2012). See page 10 of the October 2012 Row@n eNewsletter (here) for more details about Wool Week and the Campaign for Wool project.

The pattern for this very cute sheep is available for free on Rowan website (here). To download this pattern, you need to log in or register as a Row@n Member (free).

A few words about Miranda:
With her long hair and cute eyes, Miranda sees herself as a rather glamourous sheep. Despite numerous “bad hair days”, when she is more difficult to spot (usually behind a bush), she is very outgoing and friendly. She certainly has a strong personality and looks forward to meeting new friends on her Facebook page (see below for details about the competition).

Competition! Look at October 2012 Row@n eNewsletter (here) for details on a competition organised by Rowan to knit your Miranda.

Note: Detailed pictures and further explanations are available on our Tutorial page.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Katie BeretKatie Beret
by Janice Anderson for Rowan

This pattern was first published in Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 46. Since then, it has been published in a number of magazines or supplements. It is now available for (free) download here following its publication in Prima magazine.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Campbell ScarfCampbell Scarf
by Janice Anderson for Rowan

This pattern was first published in Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 46.

Note that this design is known under two names: “Campbell Scarf”, as well as “Cambell Scarf”.

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Jacob Suffolk and LeicesterJacob Suffolk and Leicester
by Janice Anderson for Rowan

The three cuties were created for the launch of Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK yarn.

The pattern is available for free on Rowan website (here). To download this pattern, you need to log in or register as a Row@n Member (free).

Ravelry Link to pattern page


Rowan Purelife - The Organic Cotton Kids Collection - Book CoverRowan Purelife
The Organic Cotton Kid’s Collection

All toy designs in this book created by Janice Anderson

Although Rowan have now discontinued Purelife Organic Cotton, the toy patterns will knit up well with any similar 4ply or Dk weight yarn.

This publication is still available from various online retailers.
ISBN 978-1-906007-58-4

Please meet with Sonia Cow, Rosie Pig, Francis Turkey, and the now famous chickens (named after well-known chefs!): Gordon (pink), Jamie (yellow) and Hugh (shown with glasses).

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