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Di Gilpin

Shoowa Jacket Pattern

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    "This jacket is an odyssey. A series of paths taken in a journey through the pattern. Each Front and the Back are all different. The symbols are my own interpretation of the incredible Cuba cloths from the Congo that inspired my first design in 1990!

    "I have used Fair Isle and intarsia techniques in the making and some vibrant colour choices to celebrate the richness of the pattern.

    "The inspiration for this design goes back to an invitation to create a special garment for someone in Brussels who had been involved in creating a collection of Cuba woven, tufted and embroidered fabrics from the Congo.
    I absolutely love the spirit and creativity in these incredible Cuba cloths. At the time it seemed that the pieces started with a strong pattern, which was then abstracted as it developed. I worked on the commission over a year and returned with it for an exhibition and workshop at Initiations in the spring of 1991. Over the year I allowed my knitting to develop in a meditation…I planned nothing and just let my mind abstract the pattern as I worked. It was an amazing process and I still use the same method today. It is like a journey with the lines representing the path trodden. A knitting odyssey!"

    Small (Medium/Large)

    Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball.

    Colourway Colours Pic 1 Colours Pic 2 Small  Med/Lg
    Main Colour A Storm Petrel
    Crowdie 6 balls 6 balls
    Colour B Coruisk Bells rock 3 balls
    3 balls

    Colour C
    Laggan 1 ball 1 ball

    Colour D
    Sea Thrift
    1 ball 1 ball

    Small : 1 pair needles, 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5)

    Medium/Large : 1 pair needles, 4mm (UK 8, US 6)

    For the Sleeves:
    25 sts and 34 rows in st st using 3.75mm needles measured over 4in (10cm).
    22 sts and 30 rows in st st using 4.00mm needles measured over 4in (10cm). For the Back and Fronts in stranded intarsia:
    26 sts and 26 rows in st st using 4.00mm needles measured over 4in (10cm).

    Inches (cm)

    Small  Medium
    Width at Chest on Back 21 (54) 27 (68)
    Length from back of neck edge to cast on edge 20 (52) 26 (65)
    Sleeve Length 17 (44) 18 (46)
    Depth at Armhole 6 (16) 7 (19)
  • Ingredients:
    100% Lambswool

    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.