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Di Gilpin

Rua Footless Tights Pattern

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

    This is a design for experienced knitters who love working in the round and seamlessly!
    Rua for red… These are classic tights rather than leggings and they have been knitted in our fabulous Lalland lambswool, which is supersoft with no itchy feel at all, and plenty of bounce and stretch under tension. Tension is crucial to this design. Going through the changes in needles allows movement from very tight to looser…this gives the stretch, just like in hosiery! If you want to add extra length, repeat the lace pattern until you reach the size you require.

    Small (Medium/Large)

    Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. Pattern uses two balls knitted together.
    5 (7) balls

    2.75mm (UK 12, US 2), 3.00mm (UK 11, US 3), 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3), 3.75 (UK 9, US 5) and 4mm (UK 8, US 6) either dpns or circular needles.
    Longer length dpns for the top section and shorter length for the legs.

    For Rib section at waist: 32sts and 48 rows using 2.75mm needles in K2, P2 rib measured over 10cm (4in) For Stocking Stitch section: 26sts and 34 rows in st st using 3.75mm needles measured over 10cm (4in).

    Sizes - Inches (cms) taken when the tights are relaxed - not stretched.

    Small (8-10) Medium (12-14)
    Waist (total) 24 (60) 30 (76)
    Hips (total)
    30 (76)
    33 (84)
    Length of body from cast on to start of gusset
    11 (28) 11 (28)
    Leg length 24 (60) 30 (76)
  • 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.