Schiehallion Gilet in Lalland Lambswool : Knit Kit
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!
3 sizes. One colour way. Special Launch price for the Original Coulourway.
Included in the kit:
Yarn : 2 (2, 4) 100g Balls of Lalland Aran : 100% Lambswool Spun in Scotland
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.