Essentials on ‘Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting’

Essentials on ‘Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting’


Title: Marlisle: A New Direction in Knitting

Author: Anna Maltz

Publisher: Anna Maltz

Date: February 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9955994-1-3

Pages: 160, full-colour lithographic print

Cover: soft, PUR bound

Dimensions: 215mm x 269mm x 13mm

Weight: 600g

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Instagram: @sweaterspotter


Launch date: 10 February 2018


Back cover text

Somewhere within the tightly bound belief that everything has been done before, a little finger hole of wiggle room can be found to tease out a loose end and twist a different tale. Marlisle is a simple, yet novel approach to stranded knitting, where two colours magically become three by using yarn held double. Anna Maltz has designed 11 contemporary and wearable circular knits to introduce this technique to adventurous knitters of all levels. Spanning fingerless mitts, mittens, cowls, hats, a scarf, shawl, cardigan and sweaters, these cosy projects deftly show how Marlisle can be used to combine different weight yarns, create scattered motifs and mask jogs in unexpected ways. The results are strikingly graphic, textured, inspiring and intriguing. A design origin story and yarn pairing notes sets the scene for each pattern. All the projects are knitted in a combination of a natural, sheepy shade and a hand-dyed yarn from 22 different, passionate small-producers from around the world.

Author’s bio from book

Anna Maltz is an avid sweaterspotter and knit detective who sees the world through yarn-tinted spectacles. This is her second book of patterns and stories after Penguin: A Knit Collection. When she isn’t globetrotting to eat ice cream, meet friends and teach knitting, you can find her at home in London. She is the resident columnist for Pom Pom Quarterly and regularly contributes to other magazines, books and pattern collections. As the champion of Marlisle, Anna is thrilled to be sharing this new technique with the knitting public, and curious to see where it goes from here.


Accomplice and book design (layout and geometric illustrations): Kristin Blom

Photographer: Elle Benton,

Tech editor: Rosee Woodland,

Copy editor: Amelia Hodsdon,

Sample knitters: Mandy Hewett, Emma Kylmälä, Pien Maltz-Klaar, Debbie Muir, Rachel Rawlins and Vonnie Wiliams.

Test knitters: 43 wonderful women in 10 different countries put the patterns through their paces to make sure they were ready for the knitting public. They are all named in the book

Non-knit clothes: The clothing in the book is sewn from Marilla Walker patterns available from

Featured yarns

Baa Ram Ewe (Dovestone Natural),

The Birlinn Yarn Company (4ply),

Circus Tonic Handmade (Circus Single Ply),

Dandelion Yarns (Dandelion Rosy Sport),

Daughter of a Shepherd (4ply),

Ginger’s Hand Dyed (Masham Mayhem),

Jill Draper Makes Stuff (Mohonk),

John Arbon Textiles (Zwartbles),

The Little Grey Sheep (British Gotland Aran),

Moeke (Elena Single),

Ovis Et Cetera (Quadruple Dutch),

De Rerum Natura (Gilliatt),

Retrosaria (Mé Mé 20),

Rosedean Ryeland (DK),

Rusty Ferret (Polwarth),

South Downs Yarn (Duncton Flock, DK),

Town End Yarns (Pure Natural Alpaca, 4ply),

Filature Valgaudemar (Valgaudemar 2 Fils),

A Verb For Keeping Warm (Flock 2nd edition),

Viola (Mooresburg DK),

Whistlebare (Yeavering Bell Aran),

The Wool Kitchen (Sock),