Introducing… Cauldhame

Suzie Blackman
Friday, 9 October 2015
Cauldhame scarf

Cauldhame scarf pattern is now available

I’m delighted to introduce my new scarf pattern, Cauldhame! It’s available now as a PDF download from Ravelry, and also from LoveKnitting, where you can buy the pattern and yarn at the same time.

Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk, was chosen as the yarn for the pattern for its luxurious feel and its incredible value for money, at just over £2 per ball.

Cauldhame is, of course, inspired by tartan and Scotland’s rich heritage of woollen textile weaving, but it also takes inspiration from the distinctive colours that intermingle in the Scottish landscape. It takes its name from a small Scottish country estate I visited on holiday this year, which turned out to be a pretty magical place.

At the back of the grounds are atmospheric woodlands…

Woodlands at Cauldhame

… a Scandinavian-style cabin…

Woodlannd cabin at Cauldhame

…and the area is surrounded by moorlands that were alive with colour even on a blustery day.

Moorlands at Sherrifmuir, near Stirling

Heather-covered moors Sherrifmuir, near Stirling

Wild scabious flowers

Wild scabious flowers


Grey skies and golden grasses

Wild thistles

Thistles; one of the most recognisable emblems of Scotland

The pattern uses intarsia technique to blend colours, giving a faux-woven effect. Intarsia can be a little tricky but fear not, the pattern has full instructions for intarsia and tips for working with bobbins (more on that soon!).

The mornings are getting chillier back home in London now, and I am pleased to say that the finished garment is exceptionally cosy!

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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