I am knitting one of your one-skein shawl patterns and I’ve run out of yarn with rows yet to knit!

Karie designs her shawl patterns so she have at least 15% left of the yardage when casting off. This “buffer” is meant to safeguard against knitters running out of yarn. Unfortunately she cannot guarantee you won’t run out of yarn. Typically, you might run out of yarn if you are a loose knitter, or if you are knitting from a skein that is less than the advertised 100g. Remember to check your gauge and weigh your skein before you start any project!


I purchased a pattern from you but I don’t know how to read charts!

Most of Karie's patterns include written instructions as well as charts, although some older patterns are charts-only. She have written a series of lace chart tutorials that you may find useful:

Lace Charts 1: The Anatomy of a Lace Chart
Lace Charts 2: How to Read a Basic Chart
Lace Charts 3: How to Read a Shawl Chart
Lace Charts 4: Chart Tricks & Knitting Hacks


Your pattern only contains one side of the shawl. How do I work the other?

Lace Charts 1: The Anatomy of a Lace Chart is just for you! This tutorial tells you all you need to know about turning a single chart into a full-blown shawl. You might find the whole lace tutorial series helpful.


What kind of yarn should I use for this pattern? I don’t know the yarn used and I want to substitute it. Can you recommend me a yarn available in my local knitting shop?

One of the best thing about the knitting site Ravelry is that you can use it to find good yarn substitutions. Go to the pattern you want to make and click the tab called yarn ideas (it is the second tab from the left). There you can find suggestions based on the yarns that others have used.

You can also search for the yarn Karie has used and learn more about it. The yarn page contains information about meterage, fibre composition, gauge, and weight. You can also ask in her Ravelry group where people from around the world are eager to suggest yarns and fibres. This is extra helpful because we are not always familiar with your local brands.


I found a mistake in your pattern!

Many, many apologies! All patterns are scrutinised by both Karie and, at least, one professional technical editor before publication. We take our jobs very seriously. However, sometimes mistakes do happen despite our best efforts.

If you found a mistake in one of Karie's self-published patterns, check you have the latest version of the pattern in your Ravelry library and also check the errata page on this website. If that doesn’t help, please get in touch with us! We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note the office hour details on the contact page.

If it is a pattern published in a magazine or a book, please contact the publisher.


I bought your pattern but I want to use another stitch pattern! Can you help me figure this out?

Unfortunately, no. Karie does not take on any custom-design jobs, and that would count as such. Please note that Karie works to a really tight design schedule with pattern releases reaching far into the future.

Karie does teach several Design Your Own classes and we strongly recommend attending one of these if you often get the urge to make something your own.


I bought your pattern but I didn’t receive it!

All purchases via Ravelry and LoveKnitting are automated and you will have been sent an email by those companies explaining how to download the pattern. Check your spam folder to see if the pattern is there. Also be mindful that your PayPal email address may differ from your usual one, so make sure you check the right inbox! If you still have problems downloading the pattern, please contact the help desk at either Ravelry or LoveKnitting.


I bought your pattern but I cannot print it!

A good place to start is to check the manual! If that doesn’t help, contact your printer company’s technical support team.


I love [NAME OF PATTERN] but I don’t knit! Will you release it as a crochet pattern?
I love [NAME OF PATTERN] but I want it as a hat/gloves/shawl/jumper/legwarmers/socks! Could you please send me the pattern for that?

Anything is possible as long as you ask at the right time.

However, Karie works to a really tight design schedule with pattern releases reaching far into the future.


I love [NAME OF PATTERN] and I want to knit it up to sell at craft fairs/I want to use it for charity! Can I do that? 

Please contact us! We will need to know which pattern you want to use and how you intend to use it. Some patterns have restricted use for various reasons, unfortunately. If you want to knit for charity, I have several free patterns you can use:

Florence Scarf
Larisa Scarf
Seaforth Hat


I asked you a question on social media but you didn't reply!

Please contact us using this contact form!

Unfortunately it is very easy for questions and queries to 'get lost' on social media.

Please compile all your queries into one message. This enables us to keep track of all the details and we can hopefully resolve it much quicker.

Remember to include the name of the pattern you are knitting and add as many details as you can. Thank you!

Karie's Ravelry group is strongly recommended for ALL pattern support queries. Most often they are a lot quicker than either Karie or Penny!


I am knitting one of your free patterns, and I need help understanding it.

Unfortunately we are no longer able to provide 1-2-1 pattern support for Karie's free patterns. 

Karie's Ravelry group is strongly recommended for ALL pattern support queries.