Armchair Travel Knit Kit 5: North Country Flowers HAT ONLY KIT
We’re celebrating summer wildflowers, the resumption of international travel and one of our favorite destinations in this new kit.
Armchair Travel Knit Kit No. 5 - North Country Flowers takes you across the Atlantic for a wander on the moorlands and craggy coastline of the Scottish Highlands. Get your hands on some fantastic yarn grown right in the area. Munch on a Scottish shortbread or two. Or three. Encounter a very special Highland coo. (That’s “cow” to you and me…) Get to know a few of the region’s wonderful wildflowers, then knit them into a hat for keeping warm on your wanders there or at home. If you’ve been dreaming of a journey to Scotland, this kit will tide you over until you can be there in person!
Electronic knitting pattern (pdf - delivered by email) for North Country Flowers
Bonus electronic knitting pattern (pdf - delivered by email) pattern for Wildflower Tassel
Caithness Yarns North Country Cheviot DK in sufficient yardage and colors to complete the hat (or the mitts if you prefer, with the blue background) (70g)
Suzie’s recipe for Scottish Shortbread
An RTT Project Bag
About the design:
North Country Flowers incorporates several of Scotland’s delightful wildflowers into a hat (or mitts) you can wear in cold weather -- or when a summer’s day takes a sudden turn for the wet and chilly. The pattern requires experience with two-color stranded knitting, chart reading, duplicate stitch, knitting in the round and picking up stitches. Sizing is offered in Adult Women’s S/M and L/XL. It’s a delightful way to wander among the flowers… in knitterly manner of speaking.
Also, we’re including a bonus pattern for a great tassel, designed by our friend Linda Eglinton. She made one for her North Country Flowers hat. We loved it so much we asked her to write up a “how to”! You’ll only find it here in the Armchair Travel Knit Kit offering.
About the yarn:
There’s something very, very special about fiber farms that care for animals and land, gather the resultant wool and produce yarn from their own flocks. Ballachly Farm, in northern Scotland, is one of those places. The farm’s shepherd and yarn maker, Graeme Bethune, is committed to not only producing fine fleeces, but adhering to the highest ethical standards in animal husbandry. He posts to social media regularly, sharing the ups and downs of life as a sheep keeper. He’s also been writing a column for the UK publication, The Knitter, to educate yarn users about all that’s involved with getting wool from sheep to skeins. We are so pleased to feature his enterprise, Caithness Yarns, in this kit! Read about Graeme (here), visit his website (here) or follow the adventures of his sheepies on Instagram (here).
About the designer:
Suzie Briddsang is a maker, writer, designer and fiber tour guide. She designed this set while reminiscing about her time in the tiny Scottish town of Scoraig, on the west Highland coast. Her June wanders there revealed a wealth of wildflowers, water, stone walls and wind - a landscape she’s never forgotten. As a designer, Suzie is adamant that wearables incorporate craftsmanship, utility and joy – in their making and then in the wearing. In the words of William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Suzie would say that sentiment is appropriate for our closets as well. Clothes that work hard, suit many situations and are a joy to make and wear – well, that’s where the magic lies. North Country Flowers is her third pattern offering in collaboration with Rowan Tree Travel.
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