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A Beautiful, generous slouchy beret with bobbles, lace and gansey stitches incorporated together to create a stylish, wonderful to knit tam. 2 balls of Lalland are required for the piece but there is plenty left to knit a pair of Seol mittensto match!
YARN Di Gilpin Lalland, 100% Scottish lambswool, 50gr/ball. 2 balls (there will be enough leftover to make the Seol mittens)
NEEDLES 1 circular needle 3mm, or set of 3mm double-pointed needles 1 circular needle 3.25mm, or set of 3.25mm double-pointed needles
TENSION On 3.25mm needles and in stocking st, 25 sts by 35 rows = 10cm (4 ins).
Ingredients: 100% Lambswool
Length: 175 meters (191 yards)
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.