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I wanted to include a smart, simple cardigan in my yoke collection. Something in a single colour; that might provide a showcase for a beautiful hand-dyed yarn; a garment that would be easy to wear and straightforward to knit. That cardigan is Fintry.

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Fintry is a pretty village a short drive away from my home. Though the village nestles against the north face of the rugged Campsie Fells, its direct environs have an unusually gentle feel, with verdant lanes, hedgerows and fields. There is good grazing and growing here, and Fintry’s distinctive pastoral feel provides a stark contrast to the generally rockier, boggier, woodier – much more Highland landscape – which immediately surrounds me. I find this contrast rather interesting. In summer, the landscape around Fintry is extraordinarily green and pleasingly textured – and its those features that I celebrate in this cardigan.

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Fintry is knitted all in one piece, with moss (or seed) stitch button bands, cuffs and hems framing a garment of simple stockinette. These bands of texture are then echoed on the yoke, which is shaped with short rows.

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Fintry makes simple and versatile use of the seamless yoke construction and the finishing is really quite minimal. Mel and I finished this sample with five buttons, snaps and ribbon facings, but you could add more buttons, or no buttons at all, just as you wish.

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The ribbon facing, incidentally, came from a box of cakes from Betty’s. I had been saving it for years and knew I’d find a use for it.

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The ribbon turned out to be a perfect match for the yarn, which is Old Maiden Aunt Corriedale Sport Weight. I love Lilith’s colour sense, her particular style of dyeing, and especially the interesting British yarn bases she uses to show off her skills. This Corriedale is a wonderful yarn, which takes the colour in a beautifully matt and saturated way. The tonal variations in the yarn are so subtle and pleasing, and really enhance the textural interest of the knitted fabric.

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The colourway is Ghillie Dhu, but I think Fintry would work equally well in any of Lilith’s fabulous handpainted shades.

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We shot these photographs at the courtyard cafe at Knockraich Farm in the village of Fintry itself.

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At the cafe you can sample ice cream, yogurt, crowdie, and other dairy products made on the farm, as well as some delicious home baking.

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You can also hang out with this very friendly farm cat.

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If you’d like to know more about Fintry You can find more information here.

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The shop will be open for pre-orders on Friday (7th), and we will begin shipping books in around ten days time.

33 thoughts on “Fintry

  1. Oh, my husband and I passed through Fintry during our United Kingdom honeymoon trip. We still have dreams of living in Scotland, though I have no idea how we’d find work to make it a reality. I have quite enjoyed each pattern you have revealed and am excited that purchasing is now live! I am going to force myself to resist and just put it on my Christmas list (with a note to order soon!)

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  2. Another wonderful cardigan.

    If you don’t mind I have a question concerning your skirts. I really like this kind of skirts you are wearing. Do you have a special shop or online source?

    Greetings
    Anett

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  3. Hi Kate would it be possible to say what size you and Mel are wearing in different garments – I use these to gauge my own size depending on the style. I’m the same height but leaning toward Mel bust-wise! Too much information …

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    1. Hi Mhairi,
      the pattern information in the book lists the amount of ease that each garment is modelled with, so that should work for you I think? Mel’s wearing the third size here, with 1in positive ease. The finished measurement of the garment (with front bands overlapping) is 34¾in.

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  4. Kate! Kate! Kate! This has got to stop. At the rate I’m going, I’m likely going to have to order yarn for 11 sweaters(the total in the book?). I’ll be on the website tomorrow to give you my preorder. I can’t wait to read all the lovely essays that you’ve prepared for us. Congratulations on another fine project.

    Cheers and white wine, Hazel.

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  5. I’m besotted and will absolutely need to knit this either for my beautiful auburn-haired daughter or for myself. AND you chose my favourite colour; apple green. Fintry has put a smile on my face this frosty, misty evening. Thank you.

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  6. I am a long time fan, but unfortunately in the plus size category. I made the blaithin sweater in the largest pattern size. The finished product was very tight at the yolk and the remainder was almost too generous a fit. I expect that I need to ‘un-knit’ the yolk area & use needles a size or two larger. Do you have any other suggestions to modify for plus sized women? Other color worked items such as the hats have worked out perfect. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Rosanne, in relation to the Blaithin sweater, please drop me a line at yokes@katedaviesdesigns.com and I’ll do my best to help.
      On a more general note, I can honestly say that I have spent more time thinking about issues of size and proportion for this new collection than I’ve ever done! Together with my team, which includes two very experienced technical editors, I’ve worked really hard to ensure the yokes in this collection have a proportionate fit across a range of 10 sizes, and I would really hope that a design such as Fintry would fit you very well.

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  7. Where to start? That is MY green :) but all the yellows and greens of Lilith’s yarns are amazing. The design is wonderful as is the photo shoot. You never cease to amaze! Now, what we really need over here is a Betty’s!!!

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  8. Ah, ghillie dhu: my favourite OMA colourway! Always reminds me of the colours of the countryside surrounding us here on the outskirts of Sheffield. I love the textured yoke and the strong, simple shape that shows off the yarn.

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  9. I don’t know if anyone can help with this question in advance of seeing the pattern…but I have small shoulders and can’t wear wide necklines like this without it constantly falling off my shoulders. I think this design is lovely, but can you just keep up the same rate of decrease and keep going with maybe one more section of stockinette, and one more section of seed stitch to get a smaller neckline?

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  10. This sweater sold me on buying the book. I have yet to venture into sweater territory (lots of cowls, hats and gloves being made though!), but I want this sweater. Simple and elegant. Truly lovely!

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  11. GAH! Each reveal is more tempting than the last. I am staggered as though taking too many hits in the boxing ring.
    I recently received a card stamped with “Be who you are, no one is more qualified”, and you, Ms. Davies, epitomize the sentiment in your knitwear designs. I join the ranks of those eager or should I say EAGER for your book. Brilliant.

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      yes, I’ll definitely be shipping to the US! The patterns will not be available individually, but if you prefer an e-book rather than print you’ll be able to download this from Ravelry.

      Shops in the US will certainly be stocking the book, though this isn’t likely happen until the end of the year.

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  12. Another gorgeous part of the Yokes line up. I too have to be careful with yokes because of a large bust. For example, I avoid raglans almost all the time because I do not need diagonal lines emphasizing a bust much larger than my shoulders. And some yokes can make my boobs look like they are more a part of my waist than associated with my shoulders, do you know what I mean?

    But this is nice and round due to the short rows and the neckline is so subtle and tempting. Plus, I adore Old Maiden Aunt yarns and any excuse to use them makes me happy. Each day I look forward to your posts to see what you’ve created. Yay!

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  13. Now that looks really lovely – I normally avoid yokes like the plague due to boob-size issues, but I think even I could get away with that… hmm (plus the colour is fabulous)…

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  14. Kate, another great design, classic and simple looking but so elegant. I must also compliment the photos. The 4th one down is a wonderful portrait of Mel (if it wasnt cropped to showcase the cardi :)). I am finding it hard to choose my favourite yoke already!

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  15. A charming little cardigan – I love it – yet another thoughtful and oh so beautiful design from your new hopefully soon to be with me book.

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