Pattern review

Stephen West – The Doodler MKAL


I’m probably going to get shouted down by all the Stephen West fans out there for this post.

As intrigued as I am by his patterns I’m never quite sure if they are my cup of tea or slice of toast with Marmite.  I find the colour combinations he puts together quite challenging and some of the shapes I am sure would make me look like a sack of potatoes.  I have bought quite a few patterns for interest because I am so intrigued by the way he puts a design together but not tried them.

If you are a fan I know this is bordering on heresy but I guess we all have our favourite designers.

However I have been knitting The Doodler Mystery KAL, mainly because it was chosen as the KAL for one of my client’s Ravelry group, so I had to do it.  Honestly, I wasn’t keen, but I feel like I have had an epiphany.


Sure the pattern is a little repetitive but if you are a beginner or intermediate knitter I am sure that will help you get in to the rhythm of the pattern as you go through each component.

What has really struck me is how darned clever it is and how beautifully written. The pattern flows and is so easy to understand.  There aren’t many pictures, but that is a good thing.  You HAVE to trust Mr West, which is scary, but what emerges from your needles is just fascinating.

You can find Stephen’s patterns here. So if you have never tried a pattern by this eclectic designer, go on, be brave and give it a whirl.


2 comments on “Stephen West – The Doodler MKAL

  1. josiekitten

    I know what you mean about the patterns! I find him a fascinating individual and I really ought to give one of his patterns a try.

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