Today we released a new pattern – the Let Glasgow Flourish blanket.
Inspired by the work of textile artist, educator, and women’s suffrage campaigner, Ann Macbeth, the blanket echoes a civic banner Macbeth created in 1910.
The pared-back colourwork and abstracted motifs I’ve used speak to Macbeth’s own Glasgow Style and makes a wonderful showpiece!
Knitted at a larger gauge, the Let Glasgow Flourish chart can also be used for an accompanying cushion (for which I’ve also produced a pattern)
It seems fitting that these two pieces — inspired by a local designer who enjoyed exploring her own creativity — should form the finalé of the Knitting Season collection.
It’s a collection which, over its 14 varied cold-weather patterns, has been all about encouraging different approaches to design, and the exploration of creativity in one’s knitting.
Pieces like the Dathan pullover, or the accompanying hap and gloves, encourage knitters to play with and discover colour.
While the Knitting Season pullover . . .
and the Knitting Season hat . . .
Investigate the use of different yarn weights and different techniques (intarsia, stranded colourwork) to produce the same motif.
In the Weel Riggit pullover . . .
and its accompanying deep-ribbed slouchy hat, we look at how the same simple surface design might be used on garments and accessories
While Tonnach and Fernie Brae offer two different takes on chevrons.
In Strodie I experiment with a new way of making stripes . . .
and Sleeve Island involves a new-to-me garment construction I’ve often wanted to explore: knitting from side to side.
Finally, in Gréis, I designed 9-shade circular yoke
and made it into a dress.
A yoke is one of my favourite things to design, and this is certainly one of my all-time favourite yokes. It was a good feeling when I was able to wear this garment of my own creation, knitted using my own yarn, last year . . .
. . . when I spoke about design and knitting, about creativity and community, at the FSB annual dinner with Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
These 14 patterns have so-far been issued as part of our club, and will be published together as a book, which will soon be available (and will be shipped out to all club members). All 14 of the individual patterns in the collection are also now available on Ravelry.
Let Glasgow Flourish Blanket
Let Glasgow Flourish Cushion
Knitting Season Pullover
Knitting Season Hat
Weel Riggit Pullover
Weel Riggit Hat
Knitting Season collection
These are gorgeous! Do you think in time you might consider a child’s size Fernie Brae? It’s such a cheerful design!
Absolutely gorgeous patterns, Kate.
That blanket is stunning! So much colorwork, but so worth it! :)
Thank you Kate, I cannot wait for my book and Thank you for al you have done even when you weren’t well.
OMG! These are fabulous! I just discovered your site and gorgeous patterns. I look forward to following you in future and can’t wait for the book to be published. Just breathtakingly beautiful.
I’m in love with Glasgow so I’ll take this up!
I’ve often looked for, but not found, a color work pattern for a Charles R McIntosh rose. Would love to use it as a design motif
What a stunning collection! You have enriched my life and inspired me so much! Thank you.
Thanks Kate … another great club!!
Oh yes, eagerly awaiting the book!! thank you for carrying on even when you were not quite up to it. Humbling for us all.
I have never even considered knitting a blanket (except a couple of baby blankets) in all my knitting years.
But this one has caught my eye. Will this be available as a kit ? Would make ordering so much easier. Absolutely stunning. You have outdone yourself, Kate.
What a gorgeous collection! And those two are having way too much fun modelling! :D ;)
This blows me away! I wish I had time in my life to knit all your patterns.
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Thank you so much, Kate! I feel very fortunate to have been part of this wonderful Knitting Season. What a wonderful gift you have given us.
Cheers, Helen (Galiano)
The blanket is stunning.
Beautiful! Can’t wait for that book!
I have enjoyed being in this club SO much. Usually, with these sorts of things, one learns to take the rough with the smooth as only so much appeals to one’s own taste. But in this one I have taken the smooth with the even smoother (and been tempted to buy more millarochy tweed than I would ever have imagined). Last week I was dissapointd to learn that the last project was to be a blanket – but this is beautiful. Thank you very much indeed for a variety of beautiful patterns, and many weeks of enjoyment.
I’m in Glasgow! I must make this!!
Love “Let Glasgow Flourish”! The colors are amazing! Will you do a kit?
This is absolutely beautiful! I am so impressed by your creativity and renewal eachtime!!