Petite – Underarm (buttoned) 88cm. Length 47.5cm.
Small – Underarm (buttoned) 93cm. Length 49cm.
Medium – Underarm (buttoned) 98cm. Length 50.25cm.
Large – Underarm (buttoned) 103cm. Length 52cm.
X Large – Underarm (buttoned) 108cm. Length 53.5cm.
XX Large – Underarm (buttoned) 113cm. Length 55cm.
This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the yarn required to make Peigi in your chosen size. Peigi is a standard fit cardigan with sett-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. Directions for knitting the optional felted buttons are included.
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.
I designed the Peigi cardigan as a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of first publication of my Fair Isle Knitting Book. I revisited the book and chose a swatch that I had based on the pebbles from Geodh’ a’ Cùibhrig (Patchwork Quilt Cove) in Lewis, a place which has featured in my work over the last thirty years. Small, geometric pattern bands worked in various colour combinations depict the pebbles, each one as unique as human faces. Between each “pebble band” I depicted waving strands of seaweed that wash in and out with the tide. I echoed the repeated waving seaweed bands of the pattern in the ribs by working them in the same colours and giving them a little cable twist to portray that sense of movement.
To finish, I made a set of little knitted, embroidered and felted buttons, each one unique like the pebbles. We took Peigi to the Geodh for some still-life shots to commemorate her origins and also to photograph the buttons beside the pebbles before sewing them on to the garment. It never occurred to us that I had succeeded in making them so similar to actual pebbles that they might be difficult to find should they decide to roll off the chosen spot. Inevitably, this happened and we gave up hunting for the runaways after about twenty minutes of fruitless search. So several of the “pebble buttons” you see in the still-life photos ran off and joined their stony counterparts and are no doubt floating in and out with the tide somewhere on the Lewis coastline. I judged that it would be less time-consuming to go home and make some replacements. There was something very fitting about giving the Geodh and the sea a little organic gift in return for the immeasurable joy and inspiration this place has given me.
£98.00 – £135.00