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Di Gilpin

Gruainne Frock Coat Pattern

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  • Online Download - the pattern will be emailed to you upon purchase.

    The Gruainne frock coat is available in 3 sizes and is knitted using 2 balls of Di's Lalland Scottish Lambswool knitted together, to create an Aran weight OR one thread of new Lalland Aran!

    Small/Medium (Medium/Large)

    Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. Pattern uses two balls knitted together.
    17 (20, 23) balls.
    Di Gilpin Lalland Aran, 100gr/ball. Pattern uses one thread:
    9 (10, 12) 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:

    Small Medium Large
    To Fit 30-32"
    38-40" 46-48"
    Length 38.5"
    38.5" 38.5"
    Width of bottom back
    20.2" 25.5" 32.2"
    Actual chest
    41-42" 50"
  • 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.