Small – Underarm 96cm. Length 60.5cm.
Medium – Underarm 104cm. Length 62.5cm.
Large – Underarm 112cm. Length 64.5cm.
XL – Underarm 120cm. Length 66.5cm.
XXL – Underarm 128cm. Length 68.5cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Malin in your chosen size. The size range, from small to XXL, covers the adult range for men and women. This design is an intermediate project for knitters who have mastered making cables. The Malin is available in Suilven as shown here, or in Cairn Gorm.

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I grew up with the sound of the shipping forecast as an echo of the sea itself: a litany of names paced like waves landing on the shore. The names to hush-up and listen for were Malin… Hebrides… Minches. These sea areas are the Hebridean fishing grounds and gale warnings were something we all paid close attention to.

I have powerful recollections of my parents switching from the national shipping forecast to the local waveband, to listen anxiously as the crews of the Stornoway boats detailed their positions and encouraged each other as they raced back to harbour to beat a sudden storm. It was always a chastening experience to hear these voices breaking up in the wind and competing with the crashing waves. Lives were sometimes lost and often saved, and there were many occasions of great bravery by both fishermen and the crew of the Stornoway lifeboat.

Malin is a homage to the fishermen who work in one of the most arduous and dangerous jobs in the world. The imagery I used to design the patterns comes from the tools of the trade – anchors, ropes and chains – a familiar sight piled up on the harbour quays of Stornoway. I arranged the patterns in a classic Aran-style format and the garment has a set-in sleeve with a cabled saddle shoulder. The result is a classic casual garment, ideal for both men and women and sure to keep you warm on the stormiest of days.