Red Jacobite Rose Jacket
Small – Underarm (buttoned) 94cm. Length 51cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 100cm. Length 53cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 106cm. Length 55cm.
X Large – Underarm (buttoned) 112cm. Length 56.5cm.
XX Large – Underarm (buttoned) 118cm. Length 58.5cm
This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply yarn required to make the Jacobite Rose Jacket in your chosen size. The Jacobite Rose is a standard fit cardigan with set-in sleeves. The body is entirely worked in the round and the sleeves are knitted separately in the round to the armholes, with the sleeve caps knitted back and forth in rows. The Jacobite Rose design is also available as a hat set, which can be found here.
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£107.00 – £139.00
There are occasions when the trigger for a design comes from an unexpected source, and the idea for the Jacobite Rose is a case in point. Jade made me a recent gift of vintage knitting needles. One set of double-pointed British size 10’s (3.5mm), still in its original packaging, immediately caught my attention. They were the Flora Macdonald sock needles produced by Abel Morall’s Aero. The packaging was liberally peppered with a number of important directives such as note the points, rustless and will not injure the fingers. But the legend If stronger needles are required the “Flora Macdonald” hardened and tempered steel pins are recommended was the one that struck home for me.
It set me thinking of the monument overlooking Stornoway Harbour that commemorates the point where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed on Lewis on that famous flight assisted by the steely Flora. One thing leads to another and as I recalled the story my eye fell on the Jacobite roses growing in my garden. They were at the stage which I love the best – a few still in bloom with their pure white petals, and others at every stage of fruiting when they range in colour from peachy pink to bright russet orange and rich red. These shades combine with the gold and green of the changing leaves to create a perfect palette for interpretation with my Hebridean yarn. The patterns are my interpretations of the classic rose leaf and the round hips with their beautiful curving and twisted sepals.
For the cardigan the sepal and rose leaf panels are framed by small vertical lines of stylised leaves and the body sides and inner sleeves continue the theme with a simple allover pattern of rounded shapes echoing the individual hips.
I knitted the beret with the set of Flora Maconalds and can testify that my fingers were not injured in the process. I anticipate that the hardened and tempered steel pins will outlast the remainder of my knitting career.