We released another pattern with our friends at Shilasdair today – Ringle
Based on the very first, very simple, yoked pullover that I ever designed and knit, Ringle features Shilasdair’s Coara Worsted — a springy blend of Blue Faced Leicester and Shetland fleeces that’s now available in some beautiful naturally-dyed shades.
Ringle’s yarn is dyed with indigo — a plant which doesn’t grow here, but with which Scotland has important historic connections which you can read about in this post.
Ringle is based on the very first, very simple yoked pullover which I ever designed and knit
I bought the yarn for this pullover twelve years ago, at Shilasdair, during a visit to the isle of Skye. On our last visit earlier this year I found myself thinking about this pullover – about it’s significance, and about how much I’d loved and worn it.
With this garment began my fascination with knitting yoke pullovers and, I suppose, designing them too. Here I am knitting in the original pullover at Helvellyn many years ago. You can read about my experience of knitting the pullover here in 2007, the year this blog began.
And what about the name? Well, Ringle is an old Scots word for circular, coloured stripes. Used to refer to stripey stockings, or striped markings on livestock such as cows and sheep, similar words exist in other related European languages.
It’s nice to have the opportunity to breathe some new life into an old idea.
Simplicity can sometimes be very good in a garment. Though I know much more about how to fit a yoke proportionately, other than adjusting the shaping, I didn’t add anything to this pullover design-wise: Ringle came off the needles prerty much as it’s original did 12 years ago: a quick, straightforward and enjoyable knit.
The pattern is now available on Ravelry – and if you are a Knitting Season subscriber, watch your inboxes for a unique code, enabling a free download of Ringle.
Ringle pattern on Ravelry
Yarn to knit Ringle from Shilasdair
Scotland’s indigo connections
Visit to Shilasdair
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Love it. And shilasdair is such fabulous yarn 😍
Aaah I remember loving that pullover way back when… I even printed off your blog post in the hopes of recreating one for myself, but never got round to it. So great that it’s available as a pattern now (and just one day after I finished my Carbeth – clearly it’s a sign).
Aaaah, I remember loving that pullover way back when… I even printed out a photo of it from your blog, planning to recreate one for myself, but never got round to it. So glad it’s available as a pattern now! (And just a few hours after I finished my Carbeth, so… the choice is obvious!)
Ringel! That would be the German word for it – fine stripes.
Love the pullover. And the possibilities for colour combinations are endless. Funky, contrasty, muted, gradient…..