UPDATE 2018: PDFs for most of these designs are available directly from me through the pattern page on You can also find them through my store on Ravelry.

Knitting designs by Mary Ann Stephens:


Ivy Headband PDF, knit in sport weight alpaca.


Christmas Eve Collection PDF, knit in DK / sport weight wool.

Earflap hat knitting pattern

Sagebrush Chullo PDF, adult-sized earflap hat, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool.  Yarn pack also available.

neon fair isle knit hat

NY Nordic Hat PDF, sized for teens/adults & XL adults, knit in worsted weight wool.

Baby's sunhat knit in sport weight or DK cotton yarn from PDF thru Ravelry.

The Littlest Fisherman PDF, size for 0/3 mo (knit in sport weight yarn) & 3/6 mo (knit in DK weight yarn).

ladies fair isle knit ski hat

Ladies’ I Spy a Crocus Hat PDF, knit in worsted weight wool.

free knitting pattern PDF with purchase; PDF available for $5 thru Ravelry.

Nordic Easter Egg PDF. Three inch tall samples were knit in fingering weight wool, but you can also use heavier yarns to get larger eggs.

Fair Isle hat

Fair Isle hat design,

Gentle Hat PDF, uses 7 different shades of alpaca wool. Fits average adult head.

Supernova Hat knitting pattern by Mary Ann Stephens

Supernova Hat – super warm, super cool, with only 30 quick rounds to knit.

Supernova Hat PDF, knit in super bulky wool.  Fits average adult head.

Ladies' Camissonia Mittens, knit in Dale Garn Alpakka 100% alpaca yarn

Ladies’ Camissonia Mittens, with fitted cuffs and thumb gussets. Embroidery on back of hand is optional.

Camissonia Mittens PDF, knit in five colors of alpaca sport weight wool. Sized for an average adult female hand.

Knitting pattern for ladies' hat with Fair Isle detail.

Shepherdess Cloche PDF, an adult-sized hat quickly knit with the main portion worked with an effect yarn + sport weight wool held together and the decorative band knit with aran weight wool.

fingerless mittens knit in alpaca yarn

Chevron Fingerless Mittens PDF, knit in 3 shades of sport weight alpaca.

Knitting Pattern for Ladies' Fair Isle Gloves

Spice Route Gloves with a bit of optional duplicate stitch embroidery on the cuff.

Spice Route Gloves knitting pattern

Ladies’ Spice Route Gloves PDF, knit in fingering / jumper weight Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool.  Yarn packs available here and here. 

shamrock mittens

Ladies’ Shamrock Mittens PDF, knit in fingering / jumper weight Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool.  Yarn packs available here.

Riverside Cowl knit in Dale Alpakka

Riverside Cowl PDF, knit in three shades of sport weight alpaca.

Fair Isle knitting with embroidery, the Allamanda Hat, designed by Mary Ann Stephensknit hat top, allamanda hat

Allamanda Hat PDF, with optional embroidery; knit in fingering / jumper weight Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool.  Yarn packs available here.

monkey hat knit for babies

Monkey Hat PDF, with sizes for little ones knit in fingering weight yarn…

Monkey Hat knit in Dale of Norway Falk yarn for youth and teen / adult sizes

…and sizes for us big kids, too, knit in sport weight yarn. Monkey Hat PDF.

fair isle hat

North Star Hat PDF, with sizes for kids knit in worsted weight wool and sizes for adults knit in aran weight wool.

hat knitting pattern - macadamia

Macadamia Hat PDF, knit in aran weight wool.

stranded knit fingerless mittens

Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens PDF, knit in Jamieson’s DK, a DK weight 100% Shetland wool. Yarn packs are available here.

fair isle Zinnia mittens from Twist Collective Winter 2011

Zinnia Mittens PDF, knit in fingering weight wool.

nordic motifs in the fair isle hat from vogue knitting fall 2011

“#08 Fair Isle Hat” from Vogue Knitting Fall 2011

Earflap Hat knit in Dale of Norway Hubro wool yarn

Nomad Earflap Hat PDF, knit in super bulky wool yarn.

Ladies Tulip Mittens stranded with latvian fair isle norwegian and turkish influence

Tulip Mittens PDF, melding Fair Isle, Norwegian, Latvian and Turkish influences, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool fingering / jumper weight yarn.

Yarn packs are available here.

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Amaryllis Mittens

Amaryllis Mittens PDF, knit in four shades of fingering weight wool.

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Amaryllis Hat in Baby Ull

Amaryllis Hat PDF, knit in fingering weight wool.

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Postwar Mittens knitting pattern, knitting kit

Ladies’ Postwar Mittens PDF, knit in fingering weight wool.

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The original Rosalia with 3/4 length sleeves, copyright Mary Ann Stephens 2010

Rosalia, a modified kimono jacket melding Fair Isle, Nordic and Asian influences

Rosalia PDF, knit in sport weight wool.

Rosalia Encore, the full length version of Rosalia by Mary Ann Stephens 2010

“Rosalia Encore”, a longer version of the original Rosalia; see blog for more info

Read the Rosalia Encore blog post.

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Norwegian knitting design

The Timbers Hat PDF, knit in worsted weight wool.

Polar Chullo, aka “Polar Bear Chullo”, aka “Polar Bear Earflap Hat”

Polar Chullo by Mary Ann Stephens, in the Winter '09 Twist Collective

Polar Chullo, sized for adults, melding Fair Isle and Peruvian influences, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift

Polar Chullo, knit in fingering / jumper weight Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 100% Shetland wool.  Yarn packs available from the designer here.

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Sleepy Monkey Blanket copyright Mary Ann Stephens

The Sleepy Monkey Blanket, a reversible baby blanket, perfectly sized for strollers, serves well as a playmat, too.

Sleepy Monkey Blanket copyright Mary Ann Stephens

Sleepy Monkey Blanket PDF, knit in worsted weight wool.

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Camellia Mittens by Mary Ann Stephens

Ladies’ Camellia Mittens PDF, knit in fingering weight wool.

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag copyright Mary Ann Stephens

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag, with Nordic, Peruvian and Turkish influences, knit and felted in sport / DK weight 100% wool yarn.

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag PDF, knit in DK / sport weight wool yarn.

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Ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover

Ladies' Wintergarden Pullover, a stranded knitting design with Norwegian and Fair Isle influences, knit in Dale of Norway Heilo yarn

Ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover, a steeked, stranded pullover with Norwegian and Fair Isle influences, knit in two colors of DK / sport weight wool yarn.

Wintergarden Pullover PDF, knit in DK / sport weight wool yarn.  Read Mary Ann’s Top Ten Tips for Machine Sewn Steeks here, to see how to work painless, yet perfect, steeks in your Wintergarden.

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Wintergarden Hat

Wintergarden Hat, a stranded Norwegian knitting design in PDF or kit

Wintergarden Hat knit motifs seen from the top

Wintergarden Hat PDF, knit in DK / sport weight yarn, motifs seen from the top

The Wintergarden Hat, which coordinates with the Wintergarden Pullover, above, is a circularly knit, stranded knitting design using simple, classic Norwegian and Fair Isle motifs to produce a stunning effect with little effort.



16 Responses to Designs

  1. taiga hilliard flagstaff sedona says:

    So pretty!

  2. Joy Tucker says:

    I love it all. I am a “wanna be”. all is Beautiful ! I WILL be trying some.

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  5. Christine says:

    Omigosh — I should never have come to this page. I was looking up how to do the tassel on your fair isle hat from the Vogue Knitting magazine….Now I want to make each and every one of these projects!! Simply gorgeous.

  6. Delores says:

    I am in the process of looking for a simple cable pattern for a man’s scarf and cannot seem to locate one. Just want to say I LOVE your owrk. Beautiful thanks for sharing

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  8. Mary Ann – these are amazing!!!! You are so talented!!!

    • twostrands says:

      Thanks, Jane! I just checked out your blog. You’re pretty amazing yourself! So glad to see you’re still the phenomenal athlete that wowed us all as kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Sheri says:

    Hi Mary Ann, I have just finished the Wintergarden sweater and I was a little surprised at how large it fits through the shoulders and around the under arms. I know with it being a drop shoulder pattern that some of that is usual, but how much extra bulk is too much. I guess I’m trying to decide if this style of sweater is right for my body type, or is this just how that style of sweater fits. I have looked on Ravelry to see how the sweater looked on others, but unfortunately there are very few good pictures available.

    • twostrands says:

      Sheri, with ANY sweater, there are a few things to consider at the underarms – shaping, bulk and ease. I think I’ll be able to give you a better answer if we focus on distinguishing between those points. And, I’ll add a little background, to hopefully be helpful to anyone else with similar questions.
      Any sweater, with any type of shoulder line, can end up being too large, or too small, through the shoulders and underarms. Maybe the size (targeted finished dimensions) selected is too large? Maybe the size is good, but it ended up larger than planned due to a gauge that’s too loose? Maybe the amount of ease (the excess fabric that we can pinch on each side of the body) is more than you like to wear? Any of those points could occur with any sweater. But let’s get further down to the question of a traditional, dropped-shoulder sweater, and Wintergarden in particular.

      With fitted armholes / shoulders, you typically have 0 – 2″ of ease. There’s no question about extra fabric at the sides, in that case, because it has been cut away in the armhole shaping. In between, you have raglans and modified-dropped shoulders. At the other end of the spectrum, you have Wintergarden’s type of traditional dropped shoulder, with absolutely no shaping – hence, its popularity for traditional, graphic knitting – where folks usually target anywhere from 4 to 10″ of ease. (And back in the 80’s…and occasionally today…some oversized sweaters sport even more ease than that!) You have to have considerably more ease on a dropped shoulder sweater, since nothing is cut away at the armhole, so that you have room for movement. All that ease definitely means you’ll have that many more inches of fabric at the sides, below the armholes. If you look on Ravelry at most any Dale sweater, you’ll see the very same type of construction. Sometimes it fits well and allows for plenty of movement (hence, its popularity in ski sweaters.) Sometimes, it’s too tight and the shoulders are restrictive. (That can also happen if the sleeves &/or sleeve steeks are too narrow and the armholes are not cut deep enough. That shouldn’t be a problem with Wintergarden, which has fairly deep sleeves.) If it fits well (in that 4 – 10″ ease range; I usually shoot for 6 to 8″ of ease on mine), and if the sleeve facings are sewn in smoothly (‘cuz, boy, a hasty job on sleeve facings can definitely cause bulk problems) it can be lovely on many people. That said, I think dropped shoulders, in general, are better suited for those with average or smaller busts – a larger bust benefits from a more refined armhole.

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  11. Maralyn Hamilton says:

    Hi, I left you a message on Ravelry, re- your Puffin/Shetland chullo…I am trying to find the pattern. I have purchased the Polar Chullo. How can I buy/grt the puffin pattern???
    Your designs are beautiful, I will need to come back to your site later!!!
    regards, Maralyn Hamilton

    • twostrands says:

      The puffin charts are not mine. The Puffin/Shetland chullo (a Polar Chullo project on Raverly named “Ribbel’s Shetland Chullo”) used much of my Polar Chullo design, but not all of it. She used her own charts to replace my polar bears with her puffins. You might try contacting her for her puffin charts.

  12. Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much. I saw this style of Christmas Balls on a T.V program and wanted to give it a try without being overwhelmed. I’ve never used dpns but love a challenge nonetheless. You have inspired me.

  13. Mary Ann,
    Amazing, and ditto to what everyone else said.
    I just got done with a #08 Vogue Fair isle hat, the one with the red-head model , who combed her hair for the hat, but looked like she lost a battle with an electric socket when she was wearing the gloves…
    I put ear-flaps on it, and did it up with 150 stitches instead of 120. Blue and light blue, it looked real good on my friend when I stuck it on her head. Yee-haw!
    I have a question, how did you learn to design this intricate stuff, and still have it knittable? How does your mind work. ???? It works great!

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