Selkie Pullover


Small – Underarm 98.5cm. Length 64cm.
Medium – Underarm 104cm. Length 66cm.
Large – Underarm 110cm. Length 68cm.
X Large – Underarm 115.5cm. Length 69cm.
XX Large – Underarm 121.5cm. Length 71cm.
XXX Large – Underarm 127cm. Length 72cm.

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 Selkie Pullover in your chosen size.

This design is available in a choice of two colourways. The Sea colourway is an evocation of the shifting shades of blue on the water. The Shore colourway is based on the shades of bronze, purple, green and gold of kelp and rock on the shoreline sands. It is shown here in the Shore colourway, with a swatch in the Sea colourway.

The Selkie design is also available as a yarn pack for a fitted cardigan from the book Glamourie.

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I created the patterns for the original Selkie Cardigan in Glamourie directly from watching the perpetual, sinuous motion of kelp waving below the surface of the sea at the foot of my croft. This is the playground for a colony of both grey and common seals who live in the caves along the shore and who bask in raucous harmony on Sgeir Leathann (Broad Tidal Rock) a few hundred yards beyond the shoreline.

I designed the vertical panels of ripples and kelp so that they could be fitted together to alternate in background and pattern colour, thus subtly enhancing the sense of motion produced by the patterns and changing colours.

The vertical kelp panels for the original fitted cardigan change in size throughout the knitting which makes for a more complicated project. The patterns are versatile in effect and so I wanted to work them again in a pullover with a different layout.

I decided on a simple, slouchy, dropped shoulder shape and used the kelp, rock and sand shades of the shoreline for the colour scheme. I placed a kelp panel at the centre; at each side the ripple and kelp panels change subtly in background and pattern, whilst the ripple panels meet under the arm to form the shapes and highlights that feature at the centre back of the cardigan.

Though it may appear complex, the pullover is an easy stranded project. It is made in one piece with steeks at the armholes and neck, and the sleeves worked from the armholes to the cuffs. Care does need to be taken whilst setting out the vertical panels, but once done it knits up quickly and it is great fun to watch it grow.



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