Painted Lady


Small – Underarm (buttoned) 90cm. Length 61.75cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 98.5cm. Length 63.75cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 107cm. Length 65.5cm.
X Large – Underarm (buttoned) 115.5cm. Length 67.5cm.

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

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.


The machair flowers on the croft are at their showiest in July and they are sure to attract even more splashes of colour in the form of butterflies. Small Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals, Common Blues and Meadow Browns make an appearance every summer along with the occasional Painted Lady. Some years are known as Painted Lady Years – when many thousands of these beautiful creatures fly across the Minch from mainland Scotland (having already made an astonishing journey from continental Europe) to delight us as they flutter in huge numbers over the croft creating warm, glowing, patterned clouds.

I wanted to convey the essence of numerous Painted Ladies in motion and so I created abstract repeating patterns for both the main body and the edgings of the garment and worked them in warm shades of Hebridean 2 Ply in Red Deer, Spindrift, Fulmar, Whin, Tormentil, Crotal, Mountain Hare, Corncrake, Golden Plover and Capercaille.

The style is classic with set-in sleeves. The method is stranded two-colour knitting in the round with steeks at the front, neck and armholes. The sleeves are worked separately in the round to the sleeve caps, which are worked back and forth in rows.



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