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Named in honour of the legendary Grace O'Malley, the Irish Pirate Queen, trader and chieftain in the 16th Century, the frock coat embodies the adventurous spirit of the waves.
Available in 3 sizes and is knitted using 2 balls of Di's Lalland Scottish Lambswool knitted together, to create an Aran weight.
Small (Medium, Large)
Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. Pattern uses three balls knitted together.
17 (20, 23) x 50gr balls
1 pair size 6.0 mm (US 10, UK 4) needles
1 pair size 6.5 mm (US 10.5, UK 3) needles
1 long circular 6.5 mm (US 10.5, UK 3) needle Cable Needle, Sewing Needle to Finish
3 Large Buttons, 1 Small Button
18sts and 24rows on 6.5mm needles over Zig Zag pattern B. Note: tension changes as you work through the different pattern segments, B, D and C.
It is important to work a tension swatch at the very beginning. You can then adjust your needle size accordingly.
Sizes - Inches:
|Width of bottom back
|Actual Chest Measurement
175 meters (191 yards)
Light DK / Sport
Tension of 10cm x 10cm: 25 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch on 3.75mm needles
3.25 - 4mm (US 3 - 6)
To create original and intensely beautiful pieces of hand knit which not only protect us and tell a story, but transport us in the wearing, into a dream time inspired by the ever-changing land and seascapes of Scotland. To have the wearer feel the spirit of the wild free mountains, and islands, wherever they may be.
My knitwear design studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye. I had settled there in 1983 with little more than a rucksack containing a tent, wool and knitting needles.
I have worked with many Yarn companies over the years and created for Rowan the Rowan Scottish Tweed, which was made at the Harris Tweed mill in Carloway, Isle of Lewis. I wrote a book of designs in this amazing yarn, 'Shorelines" with patterns focused on intarsia, colourwork and gansey knitting.
From those early beginnings, I have developed an international fashion brand, working with leading designers including Graeme Black, Erdos 1436, Hancock VA, Mark Fast, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Sophia Kokosolaki and Nike. Read more about our Collaborations.
Now based at Comielaw Farm on the Balcaskie Estate we have a beautiful showroom and design studio alongside a work room for classes and a kitchen.
We have recruited a great team of skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. There is a core specialist team, who live within a 15-mile radius, to create the one-off pieces and special commissions desired by private clients, fashion designers and the catwalk.
A single Di Gilpin garment could take us as long as two months to create, hand-knitted in the finest Scottish yarn, inspired by our rich cultural heritage and provenance, making it among the most intricate and show-stopping pieces of couture available anywhere in the world.
For the past few years we have been working in tandem with La Fetiche, a Paris Glasgow Fashion label founded by April Crichton and Orely Forestier.