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Di Gilpin

Polar Gansey Pattern

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

    Polar is a classically constructed gansey but with a modern twist. It is made in our beautiful light, soft and durable Lalland Lambswool. It has gussets underarm and at the neck to create a great fit.

    Patterns include a twisted rib, diamonds with crosses and Di’s own Compass design. The design can be knitted in a single colour or for fans of colour, the Compass design can be knitted in a contrast.

    "I wanted to make a contemporary gansey with shape and style, but with traditional techniques and references to the incredible work collected both at the Moray Firth Gansey Project and in the collection at the Scottish Fisheries Museum near Anstruther in Fife. I have 3 amazing ganseys from the area in which I grew up...Filey and Flamborough. I have always loved these special garments for the protection they gave the generations of fishing folk from around the coast of Britain. This gansey is designed to give those who make and wear it that same protection in the crazy old world we live in. It is light, durable but soft and warm. Slightly shorter sleeves as in the traditional and with a great fit!"

    Small (Medium)

    Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. 
    7 (8) balls

    1 set 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) double pointed needles (dpns), for neck gussets
    1 pair 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) straight/circular needles
    1 set 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) double pointed needles (dpns), longer 40 cms length for body and sleeves
    1 set 4mm (UK 8, US 6) double pointed needles (dpns), for collar.

    26 sts and 34 rows in st st using 3.75mm needles measured over 4in (10cm).

    Sizes - Inches (cms):

    Small Medium
    Body length to underarm 15 (38) 17 (44)
    Sleeve length to underarm
    17 (44)
    20 (51)
    Overall length 22 (55) 24 (60)
    Chest at underarm 19 (47) 20 (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.