Rosemarkie Waistcoat


Small – Underarm 90cm. Length 55cm.
Medium – Underarm 98cm. Length 57.5cm.
Large – Underarm 106m. Length 59.5cm.
X Large – Underarm 113.5cm. Length 61.5cm.
XX Large – Underarm 121.5cm. Length 63.5cm.
XXX Large – Underarm 129.5cm. Length 65.5cm.

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 Waistcoat 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 cardigan.

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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.

Here is the classic Rosemarkie waistcoat, which I named after the Pictish stone that features a little key pattern based on diagonal lines and triangles – ideally suited to the technique of stranded knitting.

The waistcoat, shown here in the Sruthan colourway, is suitable for both men and women and I have provided instructions for buttoning on the left or right, as preferred.The body is worked entirely in the round with steeks at all openings. The armhole bands are also worked in the round, whilst the front/neckband is worked back and forth in rows. This is a great project for a knitter who wants to experience working in the round with steeks at shaped openings.



Rosemarkie Cardigan & Waistcoat designs & Moorland Inspiration