Schiehallion Gilet in Lalland Lambswool : Pattern

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Originally celebrating the paintings of the artist Dora Carrington (Bloomsbury Group) in a hand knitting piece, this pattern uses cable and colour to create a painterly knitted canvas showing the landscape and geology of Andalucia.

Dora Carrington stayed in Yegen (a remote village in the Sierra Nevada mountains Southern Spain) with the writer Gerald Brennan (The Face of Spain) and Lytton Strachey at Brennan’s house for some time in March 1920 (over one hundred years ago). `She found it a ‘unique arcadia’ and had ‘seldom been so happy continuously day after day’. Her incredible painting of the mountains towards Almeria has been an all-time favourite of mine. Her reading of the landscape and colour of this extraordinary part of Spain is deep, rich and evocative.

I have tried to approach the design of this gilet in the same way; bringing a richness to the pattern and to the colour using Lalland Lambswool in both DK and Aran weights. During the long, strange time of lockdown I began to reflect on the nature of painting, knitting and landscape.

In love with the Scottish Highlands, I have always been drawn to the rather mystical mountain, Schiehallion, which can be seen from a hill that I take my wee dog, Loui, up every week. I have applied the same techniques from Dora to make a new gilet. Fair Isle, cable and Fair Isle Cable!

The pattern is one colour way, and has 3 sizes detailed. It is knitted with the following yarns: 

Yarns

Di Gilpin Lalland Aran Lambswool (100% lambswool spun in Scotland, colour blended by Di and finished in Yorkshire). 100 gram balls. Meterage: 150m/164yds to 100gr.

Di Gilpin Lalland DK Lambswool (100% lambswool spun in Scotland, colour blended by Di and finished in Yorkshire). 50 gram balls. Meterage: 175m/190yds to 50gr.

 

Size

1

2

3

 

 

Colour A

1

1

1

100gr balls Lalland ARAN OAK

Colour B

2

2

2

50gr balls Lallan DK DULCE

Colour C

2

3

4

50gr balls Lallan DK SEA THRIFT

Colour D

4

5

6

50gr balls Lalland Dk OATIE

Colour E

1

1

2

100gr balls Lalland ARAN FIREBIRD

Colour F

2

2

2

50gr balls Lalland Dk FURZE

 

All Lalland Aran weight yarns are knitted as a single strand. All Lalland DK weight yarns are knitted with 2 strands together. One drawn from the first ball and one drawn from the second ball.

Needles

1 pair 4.50 mm needles. (Adjust needle size if require to achieve tension).

A set of 4.5mm dpns for the border section, where it extends beyond the cast off of the shoulder edge

Notions: Cable Needle and Darning Needle for sewing up.

 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (CMs)

Size

1

2

3

Length from Back Neck Edge to Welt:

48.5

53.5

58.5

Shoulder:

15

15

20

Chest:

94

105

113

Back:

44

50

56

Waist:

92

100

109

Back Welt:

61

76

86

Front Welt R:

25

35

40

Front Welt L:

25

35

40

Armhole Drop:

22.5

25

27.5

Underarm to Welt:

26

28.5

31

Back Neck Edge:

18

22.5

27.5

  

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (INs)

Size

1

2

3

Length from Back Neck Edge to Welt:

19

21

23

Shoulder:

6

6

8

Chest:

38

42

46

Back:

17.5

19.75

22

Waist:

36

40

44

Back Welt:

24

30

34

Front Welt R:

10

14

18

Front Welt L:

10

14

18

Armhole Drop:

9

10

11

Underarm to Welt:

10

11

12

Back Neck Edge:

7

9

11

 

Skills: This pattern is for experienced knitters. It requires following charts and uses Fair Isle and cabling techniques. The garment is knitted in 3 pieces with the double cable front bands knitted integrally and sewn into place at the end. This is a unique knitting experience. The garment is beautifully shaped and has a great fit. It can be worn in many different ways over dresses, sweaters, blouses etc. It is a very sculptural piece and an exciting way to use colour. We will be offering more colour ways shortly! If you would like to change a colour please email and we can do so.