Stephen West Midgard

Westknits Book 5- Midgard by Stephen West & Cirilia Rose

With his unabashed love of colour, dramatic styling and innovative techniques it’s hard to mistake the original designs of Stephen West. The latest in his series of West Knits books, the highly anticipated Midgard, is the result of a collaboration with fellow designer Cirilia Rose. Fancy a little peek at some of the patterns and finding out how you could win a copy? …

Esjan by Stephen West

Esjan by Stephen West

Photographed in Reykjavik, Iceland by the multi-talented  Ysolda Teague (a name you probably recognise!), the setting echos this collection of beautiful and eclectic patterns. Esjan above is a statement shawl, with a bold lacy edging. Using aran weight yarn, it is just the thing to wrap yourself up in come winter – hurray for cosy shawls!

Hekla by Cirilia Rose

Hekla by Cirilia Rose

Harpa is a colour work scarf worked in the round – this creates the added bonuses of no wrong side to display and an extra thick cosy material!

Litrík by Cirilia Rose

Litrík by Cirilia Rose

The pals also lent their knitty skills to a pair of handwarmers, each reflecting their designer styles. For Stephens Saema you have his love of textured stitches which creates a woven effect and some clever short row shaping to create a comfy thumb gusset. Where as Cirilia takes inspiration from one of her favourite details in Reykjavik by representing the brightly coloured roofs of the houses on Litrik.

CW from Top Left - Raxtur by Stephen West, Elvar by Cirilia Rose and Baxtur by Stephen West

CW from Top Left – Raxtur by Stephen West, Elvar by Cirilia Rose and Baxtur by Stephen West

Of course, if you’re out in Iceland and want to get ahead, you’ll need a hat! Either the two textured beauties Raxtur and Baxtur or the delicate colourwork silver birches of Elvar will keep you toasty.

Hekla by Cirilia Rose,

Hekla by Cirilia Rose,

As well as accessories, this pair have garments covered too. Hekla and Sólfar, both simple and elegant allow you to play with colour combinations.


Sólfar by Stephen West

Sólfar by Stephen West

Gullfoss features some of that clever Mr. West construction where the garment can be worn upside down or back to front to make a poncho or a scarf.

Gullfloss by Stephen West. MIgard

Gullfloss by Stephen West

As well as working with Stephen West, Cirilia Rose has been busy with her own publication, ‘Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads’ which is out this Autumn. We are thrilled that she is visiting Loop later this year where, as well as a book signing, we will be hosting her as a teacher for some exciting new classes. As well as Bricolage Basics on 15th November  (a creativity masterclass) and an Intarsia Workshop on 16th November; you can also learn the tricks to recreate your favourite garment in Clone Your Closet.

To book on any class simply call the shop on 020 7288 1160 and we’ll be happy to help.

So now you are better acquainted with Midgard, you’ll be pleased to know that we are hosting another one of our fabulous giveaways! Just comment below letting us know which pattern from the book you can’t wait to cast on and we’ll pull a name out of the hat next Friday. This competition closes Wednesday 20th August at midnight.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

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89 comments on “Stephen West Midgard
  1. Libbi says:

    Esjan. I am so ready for some cold weather knitting and this would be perfect for the oncoming cold months a good cuppa. ☺

  2. Amy says:

    Harpa, it looks so snuggly!

  3. sara nixon says:

    gullfloss I love it.

  4. Belinda says:

    The Litrik handwarmers look especially fab. And an idea for easy to post Christmas presents. Sorry is it too early to say Christmas? :-)

  5. Sarah says:

    Baxtur, definitely; i’m in desperate need of a scrummy slouchy hat before winter gets here!

  6. Maxine says:

    Esjan for me definitely!

  7. Mel McLaughlin says:

    I’d love to knit the Harpa pattern. I’m drawn towards colour work at the moment and the colours used in that scarf are gorgeous; it also looks lovely and cosy for winter.

  8. Margaret says:

    I really like Litrik; I haven’t tried hand/wrist-warmers before and these look really great with the bold pattern.

  9. Martine says:

    Oooh Hekla looks gorgeous :-)

  10. Love the hat. Going to order the pattern.

  11. aknitontheside says:

    Esjan looks an interesting knit, and cosy too.

  12. Alfie says:

    I love the heavy lace edging on Esjan – that would be my first knit (of many!) from ths gorgeous book.

  13. Francesca says:

    Solifar first! Although they’re all fab!

  14. Susan Hughes says:

    Love ‘Esjan’. Stunning and cosy.

  15. Anouska says:

    Harpa definitely, reminds me of the amazing coloured glass design in the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik

  16. Marion, Keeper of the Knitronomicon says:

    Gosh, it’s a toss-up between Raxtur, Baxtur, and Gullfoss, I think! I mean, not that I NEED more hats, but…

  17. Mordant says:

    Baxtur, definitely, with Esjan a close second.

  18. steph says:

    harpa!!! what a cozy knit that would be!

  19. Maria says:

    Just love the Harpa dual colour way scarf! Looks deliciously cosy!!

  20. Maria says:

    Just love the dual colour way scarf, it looks deliciously cosy!

  21. Jules says:

    Too many choices but I think Esjan would be the favourite.

  22. RENE WALKIN says:

    I love Gullifloss.

  23. Rose de Boer says:

    Aaah! I love Stephen West’s designs. For me it has to be Esjan, a quirky shawl that I’d love to knit and maybe be in some bright colours for winter!

  24. I’ve admired Solfar since the first photos came out.

  25. redrouge says:

    I have yet to knit a Stephen West pattern although there are many that I like.
    I think l could start with one of the hat patterns in this book.

  26. Nesta says:

    Gullfloss by Stephen West, so multifunctional!

  27. Nina says:

    I would love to knit Harpa by Cirilia Rose – I’ve just learned how to do colorwork and this seems like something I could handle :-) I’ve knit several Stephen West patterns though, so this was definitely a tough choice!

  28. marybeth says:

    Solfar is so beautiful! Love the cozy neck. I just took a class with Stephen in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) and was so inspired. Thanks for a beautiful website!!

  29. Sally says:

    Raxtur is my favourite. It looks practical but whimsical and elvish at the same time.

  30. Donna says:

    It has to be the stunning Esjan, sooo cosy.

  31. Linda Rumsey says:

    Hekla looks great for Autumn!

  32. Tracy says:

    Solfar looks great for Autumn.

  33. Karen says:

    Ooh, Hekla, Raxtur, Litrik, Harpur……

  34. Deb says:

    Esjan is such a lovely design

  35. Philippa Swann says:

    Esjan! I do believe in elves!

  36. Lorna hayton says:

    I want to do the gulfoss one a combination of a technical challenge and a cool pattern sounds like a pleasure to knit

  37. Annie Wells says:

    I would love to start knitting the Sólfar by Stephen West
    in exactly those colours, I love the odd construction details that Stephen manages to find in most of his shawls, fabulous. Can’t wait to start knitting

  38. Sue Robinson says:

    I would love to knit this in a nice warm brown for my son

  39. André says:

    Gullfloss looks an exciting experience to knit and totally adaptable which is great for the Autumn.

  40. Janet Chappell says:

    Hekla looks very inviting although I have to say I think they all look tempting. Keeping my fingers xd.

  41. sheila talbert says:

    Favourite two by far are Hekla and Gullfloss both wearable for a lady of my years ??? who wants something a bit differant

  42. Liz says:

    I love Elvar, so beautiful!

  43. Anne Bull says:

    No doubt, I would love to knit Hekla – and in the same colours as on the picture.

  44. Paulette says:

    Litrik looks like a fun small project!

  45. Alicia says:

    Gullfoss is so clever – and just as beautiful as the real place (see G.o.T.)

  46. Leith says:

    Raxtur and Litrik! Great portable projects and both look so fun :)

  47. Elizabeth Johnston says:

    I would love to knit gullfosse in those gorgeous colours.

  48. Emma says:

    Gullfoss or harpa, simple yet dramatic. Just beautiful.

  49. Bordergirl says:

    Baxtur is such a unique construction. Love to knit it and learn new techniques. Hard choice – all the patterns are great. Thanks.

  50. Vanessa says:

    I’d love to make myself a Harpa I’ve had this in my ravelry queue for so many years it’s such a beautiful and effective colourwork pattern. Just Beautiful :) X

  51. Noelle says:

    Esjan! I love Stephen’s shawls

  52. Joanne says:

    Helka or Gullfoss? Both so unique and beautiful. Stephen West and Cirilia Rose both understand that we knitters love to deviate from a standard pattern. Thank you

  53. Christine says:

    Gullfoss.Great design and colour!

  54. Paula says:

    I love Esjan! It’s on my to-do list for a long time.

  55. Tess Davis says:

    Solfar for my daughter so she can wrap herself up while doing her English dissertation in her last year at university.

  56. Irmeli says:

    Hekla it looks so warm

  57. Jean says:

    Baxtur is the pattern I’d pick. I’ve begun to really like two-color knitting. This hat is so attractive! I love the design!

  58. Lisa says:

    Harpa would be my choice, I love the pattern repeat and that it’s a cowl.

  59. Brenda Johnson says:

    Sólfar would be my choice. Love Stephen West’s quirky and striking designs. Cheers

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  61. louisepants says:

    The Elvar hat looks beautiful! Can’t wait to cast that on!

  62. Baxtur for me! Love Stephen West’s patterns.

  63. Kate says:

    Harpa, please! That looks beautiful!

  64. Michelle Radford says:

    Esjan is amazing! It would definitely be my first project

  65. alexia says:

    Baxtur…Omg this pattern is georgous

  66. Karen says:

    Heklar and Elvar! Too hard to choose just one!

  67. Mrs Mary Volkering says:

    Heklar is my favourite!

  68. Jen says:

    Hekla looks amazing!

  69. Amelia says:

    I love their designs — Hekla would be first in my queue!

  70. Sue says:

    Elvar, I just love hats and this looks so cute!

  71. Gonneke says:

    Gullfloss, a real everything-cozy-in-one pattern!

  72. Sarah says:

    A very difficult decision ! I would like to try Harpa – bold and graphic – and now, what colours to choose ?

  73. Holly says:

    Litrik is so sweet!

  74. Angie says:

    I think the ‘Elvar’ hat is quite beautiful.

  75. Lorenza says:

    Gullfloss, it’s amazing!

  76. TamsinJ says:

    Esjan looks amazing – interesting texture……. Great for cold winter evenings by the fire.

  77. Whitney says:

    Esjan! Love the construction! After that, I’d cast on every single one. Love this collection!

  78. Shelly says:

    Gullfloss – it’s GORGEOUS. And also, I am passionate about bird dental hygiene.

  79. Cheryl Lewis says:


  80. T.J. says:

    I would LOVE to make them all!!!!
    I think I’ll start with Harpa!
    Thank You

  81. Verena says:

    Hekla closly followed by Gullfloss. The first for everyday wear, the later for cosy evenings spinning or knitting.

  82. Ashley says:

    I’ve been obsessed with knitting a Harpa or Esjan for quite some time now!

  83. Maryann says:

    So many great patterns! I love the Elvar hat.

  84. Christina says:

    Esjan or Gullfloss ! Hekla I have already! ;)

  85. Kati says:

    Hekla. It simply looks gorgeous!

  86. Cath Cinnamon says:

    Has to be Harpa! Love the colour work.

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