Meadowsweet

Description

Small – Underarm (buttoned) 89.5cm. Length 47cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 96.5cm. Length 48.5cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 103.5cm. Length 50cm.
X Large – Underarm (buttoned) 111cm. Length 51.5cm.
XX Large – Underarm (buttoned) 118cm. Length 53cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Meadowsweet in your chosen size. Meadowsweet 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.

Story

As an active crofter, breeding Highland cattle in the Hebrides, I am intensely aware of the seasons and the challenges and rewards they bring. One of the greatest rewards is seeing the glorious  transformation wrought on the land by warmth and sunshine. This is all the more evident as I have the privilege of having an extra-ordinarily beautiful croft, bordered by the sea and composed of machair meadow, habitat mosaic, wetland and water margin.  Each area contains its own specific species-rich flora, which spring up, blossom and seed in an ever-changing colourful march through the long summer days.

When winter bites and makes life on the croft difficult for human and beast alike, it greatly helps to have a remembrance, and thus a hope of summer still to come. I designed Meadowsweet with exactly this idea in mind.

Known to us in Gaelic as Cneas Chù Chulainn (The belt of Chù Chulainn – a legendary Celtic  hero who was said to have been restored from a fever  by being bathed in Meadowsweet), this large and graceful plant grows in abundance in the damp sheltered parts of my croft which edge the machair meadow. I associate its heady scent with midsummer. It was used in the past to strew floors and rooms and is still used today in pot pourri. Meadowsweet had a wide range of important uses for as well as its curative and aromatic powers, it was one of few plants which could yield a black dye. It was also used to flavour mead: hence its other name of Mead Wort.

I created the repeating pattern to depict meadowsweet and machair flowers, and to evoke colourful memories of summer during dark winter days.

A.S.

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