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Garden City Patchwork Cushion Kits by Dee Hardwicke

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    Another of the stunning patterns from The Knitted Fabric by Dee Hardwicke - we completely LOVE IT!! Check out the kits for the quilt too.

    So we've created kits in the original colourway of exquisite Lalland and a couple of gorgeous alternatives.

    "I’ve always been very inspired by the creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship embodied by the Arts & Crafts movement and by the Garden City pioneers in the early twentieth century. My work draws on that heritage and the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

    My Garden City motifs began life on a special collection of ceramic tiles and they’re a celebration of the wonderful florals and geometric patterns in nature. The designs are a lovely way of bringing the outside in and – very much in keeping with the Garden City movement – of being able to enjoy a little bit of the natural world whether you live in the city or the countryside." Dee Hardwicke

    Your Kit includes:
    • Your Yarn - 10 x 50g balls of Lalland for your choice of Kit*

    You will also need:
    A pair of 3.5mm (US 4) needles
    • A 3.5mm (US E/4) crochet hook
    • Tapestry needle
    • Cushion pad (approx 44.5 x 38.5cm / 17.5 x 15")
    • 6 buttons

    28 sts and 31 rows to 10cm / 4in measured over stranded colourwork pattern in stocking stitch, with 3.5mm (US 4) needles

    44.5cm / 17½in wide
    38.5cm / 15in tall

    Click here for more information on beautiful Lalland - a very special yarn.

    *If you'd like to build your own bespoke kit colours, feel free to book a Virtual Session with us so we can build it out.

  • KIT Original Winter Warm
    A x 4 balls
    B x 1 ball Coral
    Sea Thrift
    C x 1 ball Coruisk
    Storm Petrel
    Corn Flower
    D x 1 ball Spring Shoots
    Sea Purslane
    Spring Shoots
    E x 1 ball Furze
    F x 1 ball Linnet Blue Enigma Coruisk
    G x 1 ball Ruby Red Dulse Ruby Red

    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.