My publishers and I check all our patterns very carefully but inevitably mistakes sometimes creep in. Big apologies for any confusion this causes and we really hope it hasn’t stopped you enjoying your knitting too much.

If you spot a mistake, please let me know so I can pass the information on to other readers.

Some of the comments somehow don’t come through to my main email so please contact me directly if you can at

Animal scarves, mitts and socks

Shark scarf, page 70

Please replace the copy from the beginning of Row 107 to the end of Row 121 with the following instructions:

The underlined parts of the following text highlights the oversights.

Row 107: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. (9 sts)

Row 108: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 109: Knit.

Row 110: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep rows 109-110 twice more.

Shape tail

Row 115: K2, m1, k to last 2 sts, m1, k2. (11 sts)

Row 116: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep rows 115-116 three times more. (17 sts)

Row 123: K2, m1, k6, turn and cont on 9 sts just worked, leaving rem sts on needle.

The last row of the instruction replaces the printed instruction for Row 121.

After completing what is now Row 123, continue as printed pattern till end.

Cute & Easy knitting

Placemats, page 78

In the very first column, under ‘Yarn and other materials’, please note that you will need 2 balls of the specified yarn to complete one table mat. (The mats actually use about a ball-and-a-third each, so if you are knitting a set all in one colour, you do not need to buy 2 balls for each mat. For example, you will need 4 balls for a set of 3 mats and 8 balls for a set of 6 mats.)

Also on this page, at the very top of the middle column, the instruction should be:

Cast on 20 sts in A or B, using your yarn double. (The first edition instructions do not specify that you need to use the yarn double)

Coasters, page 89

The correct gauge (tension) for this project should be 21 sts and 38 rows in garter stitch to a 4-in (10cm) on US 2/3 (3 mm) needles using yarn double. (The first edition instructions has the wrong tension/gauge figures)

Dog draft excluder, page 111

The dog’s coat and coat strap (though not the collar) should be knitted on US 6 (4 mm) knitting needles, not US3/3.25 mm as stated. The gauge/tension for the coat and coat strap is 18 sts and 25 rows to a 4-in/10cm square.

For the instruction following Row 6 (currently: ‘Rep last 2 rows 47 times more’), please add at the end of this instruction ‘or till coat measures 16 in (41 cm) from cast-on edge’. Then continue pattern as written.

Knitted animal hats

Buzzy bee hat

It will be useful to wind a 3.5 yd (3 m) separate ball of yarn B before you start.

Row 9 will then read: K30(36) in B form main ball, k12 in A, k30(36) in B from small ball.

You can then break the yarn on the small ball once you have come to the top of the bee’s face.

Savannah the zebra

The first line of instructions on p35 should read:

Next RS row: K1, [sl1, k2tog, psso, k2] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1. (so k1 at the end and not k11 as printed)

Rumble bear

The row after row 34 should read as follows:

Next row: K4, [sl1, k2tog, psso, k8] 5 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4. (54 sts)

So knit 4 stitches at the beginning of the row – this step was omitted.

Waddle the penguin

The last row on the earflaps should read as follows:

Next row: sl1, k2tog, psso. (1 st)

Gurgle the fish

On the main hat, the fourth line up from the end should read as follows:

Nest RS row: K3, M1, k1, M1, k6, M1, k1, M1, k3. (18 sts)

So knit 6 stitches in the middle of the row and not 8 as printed.

Knit Your Own Zombie

Frankenstein’s monster


On third column on page 30, after 5th bullet point up from bottom of column where it reads ‘Rep last 2 rows 3 times more’ please carry out this instruction then knit 1 more row

The next bullet point (4th up from the bottom) should then read:

Next row: Cast off 3 sts kwise, P to end then P across the other 31 sts on the needle. (42 sts)

The pattern is correct from this point on.

The 12 Knits of Christmas

Nine ladies dancing

The instructions for repeating the rows for the skirt went a bit wrong and the skirt comes out longer than illustrated. Rather than point out the places where the pattern was incorrect, I’ve rewritten it so please work to the pattern shown below.

Make 2 pieces
Cast on 22 sts in pale pink.
1st row: K.
Next row: K1, (yf, k2tog) to last st, K1.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Next row: K1, k2tog, K to last 3 sts, ssk, K1. [20 sts]
Next row: K2, (yf, k2tog) to end.
Next row: K.
Next row: K2, (yf, k2tog) to end.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Next row: K1, k2tog, K to last 3 sts, ssk, K1. [18 sts]
Next row: K1, (yf, k2tog) to last st, K1.
Next row: K.
Next row: K1, (yf, k2tog) to last st, K1.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Next row: K1, k2tog, K to last 3 sts, ssk, K1. [16 sts]
Next row: K2, (yf, k2tog) to end.
Next row: K.
Next row: K2, (yf, k2tog) to end.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Next row: K1, k2tog, K to last 3 sts, ssk, K1. [14 sts]
Next row: K1, (yf, k2tog) to last st, K1.
Next row: K.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Cast off.
Twelve drummers drumming
The instruction for the fourth asterisk should read ‘Work 18 rows in st st, beg with a K row…’ not ‘Work 19 rows’.
 Knit your own royal wedding


Page 37, Dress

The 8th bullet point should read ‘Work 5 rows in st st beg with a P row’ (it currently says to begin with a K row).


The pattern is correct but there are three miscounted stitch totals – the figures given in square brackets after some of lines in the pattern that require increasing or decreasing.

Page 46, Body

Third from last bullet point – stitch count should be [15] not [13]

Second from last bullet point – stitch count should be [14] not [12]


Third bullet point should be [10] and not [12]


Sixth bullet should read ‘Work 5 rows in st st beg with a P row’ (it currently says to begin with a K row)


Sixth bullet should read ‘K1, m1, K to last st, m1, K1’ (it currently says knit to last 2 sts)


Page 32, Jacket

Fourth bullet point – this should read ‘…remembering to K1 st at the beg and end of every ws row’ rather than ‘K2 sts’ to make it consistent with the third bullet point. But it does not really matter whether you K1 or K2 sts at the end of each ws row – if you K2, you will simply have a slightly (but only very slightly) thicker side borders on the jacket.


page 24, Dress

In the ‘you will need’ I say you need 4-ply (fingering) yarn for Kate’s dress. This is correct. In the pattern itself on page , it refers to DK yarn – which will work but just make a thicker dress. Stick to 4-ply like it says originally if you can.


Not technically a typo but a few people are having a problem with the ox instructions, so I’ve written them in a slightly fuller more explanatory way below:


The body and head are knitted as one piece.

Cast on 27 sts in dark brown.

Work 4 rows st st beg with a K row.

Next row: K9, m1, K to last 9 sts, m1, K9.

Next row: P.

Next row: K.

Next row: P.

Repeat last 4 rows four times more. [37 sts]

Next row: K9, m1, K to last 9 sts, m1, K9.

Next row: P.

Repeat last 2 rows nine times more [57 sts]

Work 4 rows in st st beg with a K row.

Next row: K9, (k2tog) 9 times, K3, (ssk) 9 times, K9. [39 sts]

Next row: P.

Next row: Cast off 5 sts, K to end.

Next row: Cast of 5 sts pwise, K to end. [29 sts]

This bit just underlined is worked in K stitch but you are on the reverse of your work (where you would normally purl when working stocking stitch) so it will give you a garter stitch ridge round what will be the ox’s neck.

Work 9 rows in st st beg with a K row.

Next row: K.

This bit just underlined is worked in K stitch but you are on the reverse of your work (where you would normally purl when working stocking stitch) so it will give you a garter stitch ridge round what will be the ox’s nose.

Next row: k2tog, K to last 2 sts, ssk.

Next row: P.

Repeat last two rows once more. [25 sts]

Next row: (s1, k2tog, psso) 4 times, K1, (s1, k2tog, psso) 4 times. [9 sts]

Next row: (p2tog) twice, P1, (p2tog) twice. (5 sts)

Break yarn, thread it through the remaining sts, pull it up and secure.

29 responses to “Errata

  1. Pauline Grainger

    I am having trouble with the corgis – is there an error in the insructions

  2. annie46

    You have unfortunately made an error with Rowan Williams’ Chimere. I have been really frustrated by having to rework the pattern this evening! The part where knitting down from the neck, there is a set of 3 sts on each side of the main body. Your instructions only cover ONE set of 3 sts after “Break yarn. You can leave sts just worked on needle” Being an experienced knitter, I have been able to work out that you need to complete both sides the same, so the slits for armholes match. Still, I am delighted with your designs on the whole and shall be posting the finished set as photos on Facebook. I have rejigged all the outfits to reflect the actual colours and uniforms worn on the wedding day…and have chosen to tone down Harry’s hair! Can’t wait for the new books on my Amazon wishlist including Noah’s Ark and Knitivity :)

  3. Percy Mugford

    I’m knitting the royal wedding party from your book but would like to knit Kate’s dress to look more like the actual thing. Do you have a pattern for it?

  4. Percy Mugford

    I’m knitting the wedding party from your book but would like to make Kate’s dress more like the actual one. Do you have a pattern for it?

    • Hi there and sorry for the delay in replying.

      Sadly I don’t have a pattern — would love to do one but unfortunately don’t have the time right now. I’ve put out a message on my Facebook Knitted Royal Wedding page to ask if anyone has developed one and will keep you posted.

      Best wishes


      Please visit my knitting blog to find out more-than-you-probably-want-to on my knitting books and ideas

  5. Kim Stainsby

    Hello Fiona – I’ve been working on the Queen’s outfit and am puzzled by the instructions re: her hat – I’m sure it’s me, not the pattern. Can you please explain “oversew.” Many thanks. Kim
    P.S. I notice another hat pattern is the same in the guest’s dresses, etc.

  6. yard camel

    Archbishop of Canterbury – pattern query: I’m in the final stages of the A of C, working on the chimere. Am puzzled by instructions middle of leftmost col. on p. 30, “Work 3 rows as set” and then “Work 2 rows as set” – what mean these? It’s not a repeat instruction, I think, since repeated lines use the word “repeat” in them. Both lines involve increase rows w/ stitch counts at the end, so I can’t believe I’m supposed to repeat those rows (repeated increase row would result in increased # of stitches total, which does not work out arithmetically). All other aspects of the Archbp. have been fabulous – just these two bits puzzle.

    Fabulous book, btw. After the Abp. I’m moving on to the corgis.

    • Hi Yard Camel. ‘As set’ just means keeping to the main stitch pattern. So in the case here it just means work another three rows keeping to the main stocking stitch pattern with no increasing or decreasing but remembering to work a knit stitch at the beginning and end of every purl row. Does that make sense?

  7. Amy

    Hi Fiona:
    I am knitting the ox in your Knitivity book and I wonder if the line that reads “Bind off 5 sts pwise, K to end” should be P to end? Maybe I miscounted but the bottom of the body is in nice stockinette stitch and the top is inside out.

    Love the book!!!

  8. ChristmasKnitter

    I’m knitting the characters from The 12 Knits of Christmas, and have just started the 9 ladies dancing. Am I right in thinking that there could be an error in the pattern for the lace skirt? The book describes a total of 41 rows which makes the skirt very, very long.

    • Hi Christmas Knitter — So sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this. You are quite right; something has gone wrong with the instructions for repeating the rows. I try so hard to get the patterns right and have a great pattern checker… but sometimes things go a bit wrong. I hope it hasn’t spoilt things too much for you and please accept my sincere apologies and thanks for pointing it out. I am going right from this page to list the amends on the errata page of the blog. With best wishes from Fiona.

  9. Sandra

    I have knitted all the characters of the Royal Wedding, and also included my own version of Carole, Pippa and Mr Middleton. They are all so cute. Thank you for such a wonderful book.

    • Hi Sandra – Thanks so much for letting me know that. Love the sound of knitting the Mr and Mrs Middleton and Pippa too. Do you have a photo? Would love to see it. Best wishes Fiona

      • Sandra

        I do have some photos – not sure how to attach them to this though. I have just ordered the Knitivity and can’t wait to start!

  10. Hello! I’m working on the ox from your Knitivity, and I’m not sure I’ve been doing it right. I’ve taken a picture of it at my website ( so you can see what I’ve got. I think the problem is here:

    next row: Bind off 5 sts, K to end. [34 sts]
    Work 9 rows st st, beg with a knit row.
    Bind off 5 sts purlwise, knit to end. [29 sts]
    Work 9 rows st st, beg with a knit row.
    Next row: K

    In the image, where you see the stitches have reversed, and the back side becomes the front. Based on the picture in the book, it’s not supposed to be this way. :)

    • Hi Lisa – Sorry you’re hitting a problem with this. I’m going to send you some info through your website. Hope it helps. If not, please come back to me. Best wishes Fiona

      • Thanks, Fiona. There should be a working contact page now. I don’t know why it wasn’t showing up before.

      • Sandra h

        I, too, am having a problem with the ox at the same point. Could you tell me where I am going wrong, or if there is a correction at this point.

      • Fiona

        Hi Sandra
        I will check this tomorrow and get back to you. I’m not aware there’s an error and the book was published a while back. But I will check. All the best and thanks for getting in touch.

      • Fiona

        Hi Sandra
        Please see the newly added comments on Knitivity (end of section) on the Errata page of my blog. There isn’t a mistake (I don’t think) but I’ve written the pattern down and inserted a bit of explanation which I hope will help. Let me know if it makes sense. If not, please get back to me.
        All the best

  11. Hi Lisa – I’ve had a couple of emails bounce back on me. Could you send me an email at and then I will reply with the attachment. Thanks. Fiona

  12. valfmf

    I’ve just started to knit the first doll of the Knitivity and am having trouble understanding one line of instructions for the standing doll. It is where the stitches increase for the head, after instructions to increase to 9 stitches and then knit another P row. The confusion I have is with the next line – K2, m1, K1, m1, K to last 3sts, m1, K1, m1, K2. By the time I have knitted to the last 3 stitches, there are not enough stitches to make 2 extra stitches and knit 3 more. The end of this pattern line doesn’t tell you how many stitches you will be left with at the end of this row (as other increase or decrease lines do) The next increase row tell you to repeat this row to get 17 but with more stitches on the needle how can you repeat it exactly? I have muddled through after three attempts but would like to know if this line in the pattern needs changing. Many thanks.

    • Hi there.
      To make the extra stitch you pick up the horizontal loop running between the stitch just knitted and the next one – so making a new stitch does not use up an existing stitch. The instruction m1 is different from the instruction inc1 and this difference is explained on p15. Does that make sense? Let me know if not and I will try to explain in more depth.
      Best wishes Fiona

  13. Jackie

    Hello, I’ve just been given Noah’s Knits for my birthday and my daughter has asked me to knit Mr Noah for her. I zoomed up the front but am struggling to get the back to work. The instructions say to purl across the 12 sts with the wrong side facing. Please can you help as when I did this with the wrong side of the lower legs facing me, it seems as if the stocking stitch is the wrong way over. Thank you. Jackie

  14. Jolande

    I am trying to knit the baby Jesus vorm the book Nativity (in Dutch). Everything is going fine, but the wrapping cloth. Is the pattern correct?

  15. Frankie

    I am knitting 12 knits of Christmas. Is there a mistake in the drummers pattern?. The pattern for the jacket says knit 19 rows stocking stitch starting with a knit row. The next row then says knit 12 , turn and work on these stitches. This reverses the stocking stitch. I carried on thinking that I was knitting the collar but it now seems that the 3 rows garter stitch are the collar. I now have reverse stocking stitch where the arm holes are. Please can you tell me if this is right?

  16. caz


    I have the book knit your own Zombie, first let me say genius idea! Secondly I’m afraid I’m a bit stuck. On the classic Zombie’s leg, where you knit 6, cast off 18 then knit the remaining stitches afterwards you ss 23 rows. Is that the remaining 12 stitches or just 6? If it is just 6 what happens to the other 6?

    Thanks :)

  17. Paige


    I’m knitting the 9 ladies dancing right now. I’m having trouble with the feet and legs part. I’m not sure how it is supposed to work. Is the 28 and 18 stitches right? Actually, I’m not sure how to pin point what may be wrong, because it just seems very different than the picture. What do you do with the 5 stitches on the other side of the 18 bind off stitches? With it how it is the stockinette will be running in the opposite direction than the picture?

    I would appreciate any help you could give me on how these are constructed, as right now I’m at a complete loss.

  18. Mandy bell

    I am knitting the shark scarf from knitted animal scarves, mitts and socos but when I have finished row 107 I only have 9 stitches, I have started again from the beginning written down alol my rows but still end up with 9 it appears to go wrong when you do the twelve row repeat. Please help.

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