Katherine Of Aragon
Small – Underarm (buttoned) 103.5cm. Length 78.5cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 111 cm. Length 80.5cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 116.5cm. Length 82cm.
Extra Large – Underarm (buttoned) 123cm. Length 84cm.
This pack contains all the Alice Starmore® Hebridean 2 Ply yarn required to make the Katherine Of Aragon design from Tudor Roses in your chosen size. You will require a copy of TUDOR ROSES (2013 Edition) for the pattern instructions, the Tudor Roses book is available for purchase here.
For a step-by-step video tutorial showing all the techniques involved in knitting and finishing stranded garments visit our Stranded Knitting in the Round with Steeks tutorial section.
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Katherine of Aragon was defined by her traditional views, to which she steadfastly adhered to the end of her days. A touching example is that she made it a point of honour to embroider Henry’s shirts, even after he divorced her. I felt it was appropriate that her design should be created in a traditional style and shape, worked seamlessly in the round with steeks at all the openings.I found documentation of a sixteenth century piece of Spanish embroidery which I utilised as a starting point to create patterns in a style which she would have recognised. I arranged them in vertical panels that are emphasised by alternating the background and pattern colours. For this new version I had the wonderful rich, saturated tones of Hebridean 2 Ply to work with, and I wanted to make the colours more emblematic of her Spanish roots. The pomegranate was her personal emblem and was used in textiles from her region, so its warm shades are foremost in the colour scheme.
The contrasting vertical panels produce a very flattering garment, which I lengthened to make a three-quarter length coat that is very easy to wear. Once you have taken the time to carefully set out the panels, it is lovely to watch it grow as you knit. Note that the first size is shown in the photographs and that the panels are set out differently for each size.
The knitted measurements given are of the finished design when it has been knitted with the tension stated in the pattern instructions.
The range of sizes available depends on the individual design. For garments such as pullovers, cardigans, vests and jackets, use the underam measurement to determine the size you require. The underarm measurement is the finished width around the entire garment, measured under the arms. For a garment with a front fastening, such as a cardigan, the finished underarm is given when the front bands are overlapped and the garment is fastened.
To determine which size is required, use the actual chest/bust measurement, which should be measured straight across the back, under the arms and over the fullest part of the chest/bust.
Then add one of the following measurements according to the type of fit you require:
For a close, body-hugging fit add 1 to 3cm to the actual chest/bust measurement.
For a standard fit add 5 to 8cm.
For a loose fit add 9 to 12cm.
For an oversize fit add upwards of 12cm.
The knitted length given for garments is measured from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the hem.
Please note that all of our yarns are supplied washed and therefore do not require to be washed or fulled after knitting, unless you have an accident. Generally speaking, your garments should not require cleaning/washing any more than a coat would.
All of our designs are made with 100% pure new wool yarns and should be washed either by hand with pure soap in hand hot-water, or in a front loading washing machine which has a specific wool programme using a small amount of non-biological detergent. We do not recommend the use of any fabric softeners or any additives that will remain in the fabric after rinsing.
If hand washing, dissolve a small amount of pure soap flakes – or if using a pure soap bar, grate the required amount – into hand-hot water. Ensure that the soap has thoroughly dissolved before immersing the piece. Use a gentle squeezing motion to wash; do not cause any friction by rubbing or scrubbing as this will cause the fibres to felt. Gently squeeze out the excess soapy water and rinse well in warm water. It is important to remove as much excess water as quickly as possible as the longer moisture is left in wool yarn, the more likely it is to shrink or felt.
The best method for removing water is to spin in a washing machine, but if you prefer to remove the water by hand then gently squeeze the piece to remove the main water load and then lay the piece flat on towels and roll up, squeezing out as much water as possible into the towels. You will have to use several towels and repeat the process to remove as much moisture as you can.
Alternatively, spin to remove the excess water. If using a top loading machine it is important to place the piece in a suitable pillowcase (white cotton is best) so that it does not wrap around the spindle and become distorted. For both top-loading machines and front-loading machines, it is vitally important to remove from the spinner as soon as it has stopped: otherwise the piece can become permanently creased.
In all cases, dry flat on towels away from direct heat/sunlight, and smooth gently into shape. You can place small towels – or even better, cut and finish old towelling into the garment shapes, such as sleeves etc – and place inside the garment so that the two layers are separate. This will greatly help speed up drying process.
For straight, dropped-shoulder pullover styles, a woolly board is an excellent method of drying as the garment is placed on the board and dried to size allowing air to circulate inside. The board can also be used for cardigans in this style so long as you tack the front bands closed using a strong cotton thread, which you then carefully remove once the garment has dried. Glove boards can also be used for gloves which will allow them to dry in perfect shape.