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…
… a Scandinavian-style cabin…
…and the area is surrounded by moorlands that were alive with colour even on a blustery day.
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!