Yarn Issue 5


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Yarn - The Journal of Scottish Yarns is a new bi-annual journal focussing on community, history, culture and creativity of textiles in Scotland.

It aims to tell the stories - past and present - of the fibres, skills, artisans and industries  and supporting creativity through a range of projects you can make yourself.

Issue 5 spring/summer 2024 features:

  • WEAVING THE EDINBURGH SEVEN Dovecot Tapestry Studios work with Christine Borland to celebrate the first women to matriculate at a British university. (by Prof Carol M Richardson)
  • VARIEGATIONS ON A THEME Uist Wool has a passion for the natural colours of fleece.
  • FAIR ISLE ON FAIR ISLE Barkland Croft takes knitting traditions back to source.
  • FLOCK TO SOCK Glenesk folk museum in Angus is rediscovering kilt hose. (by Julie Cave, Museum Officer)
  • A DELICATE FUTURE Shetland lace knitting is on the red list of endangered crafts. (by Elizabeth Williamson)
  • REVIVING TEXTILE TALENTS Creation Mill tackles isolation and supports textile skills in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • CRAFTING MATHS Knot Unknot: The abstract art behind knitting and crochet.
  • CHARTING AGE-OLD SEAS Photographs from The Wick Society inspire gansey designs. A tribute to Gordon Reid. (by Sara Wolf)

Knitting patterns:

  • REBECCA CLOW, THE CREABEA Myrtle Waistcoat: A statement vest for dressing up or down, made in Shilasdair Anam DK.
  • KELLY ORDEMANN, MADE BY KELLY O Pathfinder Top: A knitted tee made in wool for Scottish summers, made in Ginger Twist Studio Masham Mayhem 4-ply.
  • SYLVIA WATTS-CHERRY, WITH CHERRIES ON TOP Isla Top: A lace pattern inspired by Scots pine trees creates this light summer top, made in Cookston Crafts Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere 4-ply.
  • SOLVEIGH LASS-EVANS, IOLAIR YARN Common Blue Shawl: Colours and shapes of a butterfly motif inspire this kite shaped shawl, made in Iolair Yarn Luing or Woollenflower Twig 4-ply.
  • ALISON MAYNE, KNITROSPECTIVE Cluny Cowl and Wrap: Options for three cowls and a long stole show off handdyed colours, made in The Woolchemist 4-ply Merino Linen.
  • ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON KNITTING Da Slockit Light Shawl: Traditional Shetland Lace pattens and techniques with instructions for two sizes, made in Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Lace Weight.

Crochet patterns:

  • FAY DASHPER-HUGHES Kin Jumper: A striking two row repeat creates a versatile crocheted jumper made in Aister ‘oo’ Shetland wool.
  • SAMIRA HILL, EILDON HILLS DESIGNS Lammermuirs Crochet Top: A top-down crocheted summer top, made in Flora Fibres Tencel DK.
  • MERRIAN HOLLAND, MEZZACRAFT Gothic Wrap: Textures and colours combine in this modular wrap, made in Choufunga 4-ply merino sock yarn and Float Your Goat mohair silk from My Mama Knits.

Other craft:

  • SUNSHINE STEWART, AT BIRKHILL HOUSE Peg Loom Mat: Instructions for making a seat pad or small rug using an ancient weaving craft.


You can see yarn and sizes for the knit and crochet patterns on Ravelry here.

Includes code for a digital copy

204 pages, 20 x 25.5 cm

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