“Castle Fraser throughout the Year” is a collection of accessories, inspired by one of the grandest Scottish baronial tower house, its architecture, decoration and history.
Windows and Balustrades is the first design of the collection, followed by Balustrades and Slates, Beanie and Slouchy Hat, which complements it nicely. Inside the castle, a little woodcarving representing a standard-bearer sheep provided the inspiration for the third design: The Woodcarving. The daffodils which surround the castle in spring became a pair of very special fingerless mitts: Remember the Daffodils. Mackenzie’s Messenger Bag, fifth design in the collection, is inspired by the original wallpaper in the library.
This eBook will include 6 items (or more, time permitting).
Towards the end of the visit of Castle Fraser, one gets to enter the vast library, created by Colonel Charles Mackenzie Fraser.
Enhanced by the multiple identical bookcases, made of dark wood, and full of ancient books, the volutes of the wallpaper stand out. The original wallpaper, which looks like stencil in places, dates from c1839 and is the inspiration behind this bag.
The flap of the bag is worked using the double knitting technique. Upon completion of the knitted part, a fabric lining is constructed. Both the lining and a shoulder strap are sewn in place.
- Height: 35 cm (13 ¾ in) ― excluding strap
- Width: 31 cm (12 ¼ in)
- Depth: 3 cm (1 ¼ in)
- Sock yarn (400 m / 437 yds per 100 g) 1 x 100g skein each of two contrasting colours.
Shown in sample:
The Knitting Goddess British Wool and Nylon 4ply (400 m / 437 yds per 100 g), 1 x 100g skein each of: (MC) in Shade Minty Green, (CC) in Shade Yellow
Needles and Notions
- 2.75 mm (US 2) needles – 80 cm (32 in)circular (or size required to achieve gauge) (main needles)
- 3.75 mm (US 3) needle – DPNs or circular (1 needle) (for i-cord and 3-needle bind off)
- 2.00 mm (US 0) needle – 1 DPN or circular (for picking up sts for working tucks)
- Darning needle, Stitch Markers
- Sewing needle, thread and pins.
- Shoulder strap: a piece of non-stretchy fabric, or a leather strap (approx. 2.5 – 3 cm / 1 – 1¼ in wide)
- Lining fabric and interfacing: approximately 80 cm x 40 cm (32 in x 16 in))
12-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for patterned section.
Notes on some techniques specific to double knitting (treatment of selvedges, how to read the charts).
Photo-tutorial for invisible two-colour cast on for double knitting.
Photo-tutorial for working tucks.
Diagram and instructions to cut and sew fabric lining.
Just a few metres away from the walls of Castle Fraser, thousands of daffodils cover the ground. The bright yellow and orange of the flowers, symbol of Spring and renewal, contrast beautifully with the subtle colours of the stones.
As the wind blows, the undulations of the field of blooms is a soothing view. The gentle and harmonious whistle of the stems adds to the comforting feeling.
To fit hand circumference (measured around palm of hand):
Small ― 17.5 cm(7 in)
Medium ― 20 cm (8 in),
Large ― 23 cm (9 in)
6-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for all sections of cuff and cable panels on hand.
Complete written instructions (including written directions for Charts)
NOTE: £1.00 out of every purchase of this pattern will be donated to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), a charity which provides support for bereaved families after the loss of their baby. The fundraising applies to purchases through Ravelry of the single pattern as well as to purchases of the ‘Castle Fraser throughout the Year’ ebook completed after 16th March 2015 (date of the release of this pattern).
To my Little Star ― I will always remember the daffodils…
The standard-bearer sheep, connecting Scotland to France, proudly standing on your hands.
by Aurelie Colas
Inside Castle Fraser (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is a little room, with a woodcarving of a standard-bearer sheep in a recess on the wall. Of French origins, the Fraser family descends from continental settlers, as part of the Norman infiltration in the 12th century. The Scottish standard-bearer sheep is strangely similar to the emblem of a large city in Normandy, France.
These cosy mittens link both sheep, as they face each other and proudly stand on the back of the hand.
Stranded throughout, with a thin knitted lining, The Woodcarving mittens are worked with Shetland wool, as a nod to the French standard-bearer sheep, symbol of the guild of drapers and woolen cloth traders.
To fit hand (circumference measured around palm):
Medium ― 19 cm (7 1/2 in),
Large ― 23 cm (9 in)
(with about 2.5 cm / 1 in positive ease built in)
Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (105 m / 115 yds per 25g ball).
One ball each of:
(A) #400 Mimosa
(B) #880 Coffee
(C) #190 Tundra
(D) #1190 Burnt Umber
(E) #423 Burnt Ochre
(F) #230 Yellow Ochre
(G) #104 Natural White
(H) #768 Eggshell
(I) #764 Cloud
(J) #135 Surf
(K) #929 Aqua
(L) #760 Caspian
2 x Jamieson’s Ultra (195 m / 213 yds per 25g ball) (Z) #412 Honeysuckle
18-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for all patterned sections, all sizes, left/right mitten. Techniques, notes and tips on stranded knitting, yarn dominance, etc.
Pattern also includes a description of Castle Fraser, Scotland, and a chapter on the sources of inspiration: the standard-bearer sheep on both the Woodcarving and the coat of arms of a French city.
Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat
A little bit of Castle Fraser on your heads
by Aurelie Colas
Inspired by the lovely shape of the many turrets of Castle Fraser (Scotland), especially the bell-shaped one which leads to the very top of the Round Tower
- Beanie version for Baby, Toddler, Child Small and Child Medium sizes. Baby [Toddler, Child Small Beanie, Child Medium Beanie]
To fit head circumference: 40 [45: 48: 52] cm (16 [18: 19: 20 1/2] in)
- Slouchy version for Child, Teenager and Adult sizes. Child Slouchy [Teenager/Adult Small , Adult Medium/Large]
To fit head circumference: 51 [56: 61] cm (20 [22: 24] in)
With its simple cables and all-over texture, Balustrades and Slates hats are great to showcase your handspun!
- Slouchy Adult Small shown in: The Knitting Goddess 4ply High Twist BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) (1 x 100g, 385 m / 400 yds), in Teal
- Toddler Beanie shown in: Cecilia’s Handspun Yarns, 100% Bluefaced Leicester, 2-ply, 18wpi, approx. 165 m / 180 yds for 50 g
- Baby Beanie shown in: in John Arbon Textiles 100% Organically Farmed Falklands Merino (1 x 100g, approx. 133 m / 145 yds) ― Baby beanie used approx. 30 g
7-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for all sizes and options and a description of Castle Fraser, Scotland, which provided the inspiration and scenery to photograph the Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat. Photos and inspiration drawing also included.
These historically inspired socks draw their design elements from the impressive sculptural facade of Castle Fraser. The granite walls and decorative stonework of the castle is interspersed by many regularly placed windows while the top of the might round tower is encircled by a ring of beautifully carved stone balustrades.
7-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for all sizes and leg length options and a description of Castle Fraser, Scotland, where inspiration comes from.
To fit foot circumference (measured around ball of foot):
Small ― 20 cm (8 in),
Medium ― 23 cm (9 in),
Large ― 25.5 cm(10 in)