Lalland is a very special yarn.
Spun from 100% Scottish Lambswool, the proprietary double twist is made by plying 2 x 2 threads separately and then twisting them together to give a crinkle to the wool. This means it knits out really fabulously flat and smooth but when a stitch or cable is introduced it bounces out of the fabric...so, for example, gansey knitting is perfect in Lalland.
It also gives an old fashioned softness and style which Di was trying to recreate from yarns she had knitted with as a child. Great for stitch definition, cables. lace and colour work.
Lalland is spun in Scotland in a cashmere mill and requires the same micron count as cashmere to work on the machinery, hence its incredible handle. It is finished at Laxtons in Yorkshire where it is plied and twisted and steamed. This means it does not pill and wears really well.
Amazingly you don't need to block this when finished since it's already been steamed...a light steam of the cast on, cast off and edge stitches is sufficient with the iron held over the knitting and not pressed down onto it.
Unlike many other Lambswools, this yarn is soft right next to the skin! The contemporary colour palette makes it even more versatile and perfect for garments and accessories alike.
This yarn is sought after by many couture fashion brands and frequently featured on runways for La Fetiche, Wolsey, Erdos 1436, Graeme Black and more!
Proudly made in Scotland. Hand-wash in warm water and lay flat to dry.
Don't forget to check out the beautiful patterns by Di Gilpin for Lalland too!
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.