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Armchair Traveler: Scotland

Feb 18, 2013

Our new book, Scottish Knits, is so gorgeous that nothing I write can do it justice. Knitting star Martin Storey has designed sweaters, knitted accessories, socks, and even home decor, all in vivid colorwork and fantastic patterns. A picture tells a thousand words, so here you go:

Aviemore Coat Skye Cardigan
Fyfe Cardigan Thistle Cardigan

The Aviemore Coat is really fabulous. Not only are the front panels knitted in appealing colorwork motifs, but the back is stylishly drapey. It can be belted, as shown in the photo above, or worn loose and flowing.

The Skye Cardigan . . . what can I say? It's stunning. This is one of those projects that I would call epic. It would probably take me at least six months to knit this, but I think I would enjoy it. Choosing colors alone would take me a couple of weeks! How lovely it is, and what pride I would take in wearing it.

Classic cables make up the Fyfe Cardigan. Those cables, the shawl collar, and the fact that it's vest-like makes it one for my queue! This one is a wardrobe-builder.

The Thistle Cardigan is actually my favorite. I love the juxtaposition of stripes and floral. And the colors are wonderful; just three of them, blue, white, and green, make such an eye-catching pattern. This is something I can really see myself wearing a lot, and it looks so fun to make, too.

Scottish Knits is full of color knitting, cables, and wonderful photos of Scottish locales. It's a beautiful book that you'll knit from for years. Order your copy now!


P.S. Are you an armchair traveler? What's your favorite place to visit? Leave a comment and let us know!

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on Mar 6, 2013 7:12 AM

I bought this book in London over Christmas and have recently finished the Thistle Cardi. It is such an adorable pattern, easy and fairly quick and I wear it all the time. It's perfect with jeans.

Craftsareme wrote
on Mar 5, 2013 3:50 PM

Hi there,

i would love to get this book but can i download it instead as i am in Australia?



on Feb 23, 2013 11:50 AM

I love the intricate patterns on the sky cardigan. When I knit I love to submerge myself into a project that gives me the opportunity to become engrossed. I also, love cable. They are mysterious things that twist and turn into amazing designs. In addition, the lovely shawl collar makes the who thing worth doing. Happy Knitting

weedaftie wrote
on Feb 23, 2013 6:35 AM

I live in Fife and wondered about the spelling too. "Fyfe" is usually a surname.

on Feb 19, 2013 2:00 PM

Herrsides, The patterns are all for women. Sorry!

Marla0416, The yarns aren't discontinued. Check here:

LileeEgg, Can't answer you on the Fife/Fyfe issue. You could email the folks at Rowan and ask them to put you in contact with the author. This book is a co-publication with Rowan in the UK, and they have the author information.

I also had a question about sizing. The largest size is 46-inch bust. Almost all of the garment patterns range from 32-inch to 46-inch busts.

Hope this helps—Kathleen

AnnD wrote
on Feb 19, 2013 11:07 AM

@ Marla0416 -- you could look at some of Jameson & Smith shetland yarns. can help you compare weights & yardage.  I'd think half the fun of colorwork would be choosing the yarns!

AnnD wrote
on Feb 19, 2013 11:07 AM

@ Marla0416 -- you could look at some of Jameson & Smith shetland yarns. can help you compare weights & yardage.  I'd think half the fun of colorwork would be choosing the yarns!

herrsides wrote
on Feb 18, 2013 9:25 PM

Are all the patterns for women?  If there are patterns in the book for men's sweaters, vests, or caps, I might be interested in making one for myself.  While the women's wearables are beautiful, I'm not particularly interested in knitting a woman's sweater for the sake of proving to myself I can do it.

on Feb 18, 2013 12:53 PM

Good Morning Kathleen the one I like the best is the two colors of greens and the rose sweeter.. yummie.. have a wonderful day knitting.. always a knitting friend at heart  Lynn

marla0416 wrote
on Feb 18, 2013 10:46 AM

I bought this book and loved it.  Several patterns I planned to do.  I can't find the yarn or even yarn that comes close to color, type etc.  This book is from 2012 how can the yarn be out of production so soon?  This book is all about the colors of Scotland.  If I can't find yarn with the colors then it's just another expensive pattern book to look at.  I'm very dissapointed.

LileeEgg wrote
on Feb 18, 2013 10:23 AM

I'm not an armchair traveler, I'm an actual traveler and part-time resident of St.Andrews in the Kingdom of FIFE, Scotland. Just curious as to why the spelling of "Fyfe" was used with the letter "y" when it isn't correct?