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Di Gilpin

Lyra Fair Isle Slipover Pattern

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    Named in homage to Philip Pullman’s wonderful character in “His Dark Materials”. Lyra is a woman of our time; Daring, Fearless, Intelligent and Kind. A true inspiration.

    The pattern uses the beautiful 1 & 1 Fair Isle Rib for the welt of Lyra, using all the colours that appear in the main design. The garment is knitted in the round and divides for front and back, with a sloping back shoulder cast off and a very special neckline in rib. This is a great design for wearing in many different ways.

    SIZES
    Small (Medium/Large)

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

    Colourway 1 Colour Small  Med/Lg
    Main Colour A Agate 1 ball 2 balls
    Colour B Crowdie 2 balls
    2 balls
    Colour C
    Laggan 1 ball 1 ball
    Colour D
    Bellrock 1 ball 1 ball
    Colour E
    Furze 1 ball 1 ball
    Colour F
    Coruisk 1 ball 1 ball
    Colour G
    Storm Petrel 1 ball 1 ball

    Colourway 2 Colour Small  Med/Lg
    Main Colour A Beechnut
    1 ball 2 balls
    Colour B Driftwood
    2 balls
    2 balls
    Colour C
    Jasper
    1 ball 1 ball
    Colour D
    Coral 1 ball 1 ball
    Colour E
    Bell Heather
    1 ball 1 ball
    Colour F
    Storm Petrel
    1 ball 1 ball
    Colour G
    Bellrock 1 ball 1 ball


    NEEDLES
    1 set of 5 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) double pointed extra long needles (14 in, 36cm) 1 set of 5 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) double pointed extra long needles (14in, 36cms) 1 pair 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) straight needles.

    TENSION
    26 sts and 28 rows in st st using 3.75mm needles measured over 4in (10cm) in pattern.

    Special notes for the design: 
    Sloping Edge Cast Off (for Fronts and Back): Work to the last stitch on the row before the cast off, do not work the stitch but slip it and turn. Slip the next stitch un-worked and pass the first slipped stitch over, work the rest of the cast-off sts.

    Fair Isle Rib: When working the rib on row 1(RS) carry both colours at the back of the work, bringing the contrast colour forward to Purl and then back again after the stitch, to carry behind the MC knit stitch. Reverse for Row 2 (WS). The purl stitch is there to stop the cast on curling and adds lovely texture.

    Jogless stripe technique: To achieve the perfect stripe here is our suggestion:

    Knit your first stripe and change colour as usual. Knit the first round of the second colour. When you come to the first stitch of the second round, pick up the stitch from the round below (i.e. the first stitch in the last round of the first and knit it together with the next stitch (the first stitch of the first round in the second colour). This turns the stitch of the first colour into a stretched stitch, which neatly hides the jog.

  • Ingredients:
    100% Lambswool

    Length:
    175 meters (191 yards)

    Weight:
    50g

    Gauge:
    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.

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