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Di Gilpin

Oak Sweater Pattern

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

    This is a complex cabled sweater with great fit and shaping. Peplum welt and a beautiful rope cable neck line. Two balls of different colours knitted together to create a lovely tweed.
    The back is really quite special, with an overlay knitted trellis…amazingly good fun! References 18th century corsetry. A real must for cable lovers who want a challenge.

    The notion for the design came walking in ancient forests and glimpsing through the stark dark branches of the Oak and Beech the antlers of a beautiful stag… Cuillin and I crouched down and waited and watched as he moved silently through the forest…stepping over fallen logs and gracefully leaping away when he sensed us nearby.

    The pattern is charted but with written notations for the overlay trellis section on the back.

    Small (Medium, Large)

    Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. 
    Colour 1: 7 (7, 8) balls
    Colour 2: 6 (7, 7) balls

    1 pair of 4.5mm needles (UK 7, US 7), and
    1 pair of 5.5mm needles (UK 5, US 9)
    2 dpns 4.0mm needles (UK 8, US 6)
    1 cable needle, 4 safety pins, or small stitch holders

    Work a tension square using the Front Chart from Row 1 to Row 30, over 30 sts, on 4.5mm needles, with 2 strands of wool held together. In the centre of this pattern, 16 sts and 24 rows will measure 10cm by 10cm (4 ins). Check tension carefully and adjust needle size accordingly.


    Med Large
    Length 19 (48)
    20 (51) 21.5 (55)
    Width at Chest 36 (92)
    40 (102) 44 (112)
    Sleeve Length
    19 (48)
    19 (48) 19 (48)
    Back Neck Edge
    8 (20.5) 8 (20.5) 8 (20.5)
    Armhole Depth 7.5 (19) 8 (20.5) 8.5 (21)
  • 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.