Rosemarkie Cardigan


Small – Underarm 90cm. Length 58cm.
Medium – Underarm 98cm. Length 60cm.
Large – Underarm 106m. Length 61.5cm.
X Large – Underarm 113.5cm. Length 63cm.
XX Large – Underarm 121.5cm. Length 64.75cm.
XXX Large – Underarm 129.5cm. Length 66cm.

This kit includes a colour-printed pattern card with full instructions in all sizes and all the Alice Starmore 2 Ply Hebridean yarn required to make the Rosemarkie Cardigan in your chosen size.

This design is available in a choice of two colourways. The Sruthan (Gaelic, burn) colourway (blues) is inspired by the little dark blue burns which feed colourful mossy banks as they course through the moor. The Còinneach colourway (pinks), is based on the warm, rosy shades found in mounds of moorland moss (Gaelic, còinneach).

The Rosemarkie design is also available as a waistcoat.

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As a Gaelic-speaking Hebridean, Celtic imagery was something I grew up with and so it seemed quite natural that I should experiment with its various themes and how I might apply them into knitting designs. Thirty years have passed since I began the project and the first results were published in my book The Celtic Collection in 1992. The book was hugely successful and though it is now out of print, I still receive requests for many of the designs.

So here is a new cardigan version of the Rosemarkie. I named it after the Pictish stone of that name that features a little key pattern based on diagonal lines and triangles, which are ideally suited to the technique of stranded knitting.

The cardigan, shown here in the Còinneach colourway, is a classic style with set-in sleeves. The body is worked entirely in the round and sleeves are worked in the round to the shaped caps, which are worked back and forth in rows. I designed a small-scale stranded border pattern reminiscent of the edgings of Celtic manuscript pages to give a contained feel to the whole design.



Rosemarkie Cardigan & Waistcoat designs & Moorland Inspiration