Firth of Forth

Recently I have been designing and knitting a new scarf, and here it is!

firth of forth

I’ve named it Firth of Forth, as it reminds me of the famous Scottish bridge.  It is even a similar colour!

It is surprisingly quick to knit and also very simple.


The pattern is an 8 row repeat, based on dropped stitches.  The dropped stitches create airy, lacy gaps between the rows, which makes the knitting grow fast and also creates a light and warm fabric.


It is perfect for early autumn days, when you just need a bit of extra toastiness around your neck in the misty early morning, but don’t want to have to carry around a big scarf when the sun comes out later on.


The yarn is 4ply Jillybean handpainted Bluefaced Leicester and Gotland blend. Gotland wool is a long wool resembling mohair with lustre and softness and Bluefaced Leicester is well known as being the British cashmere.  The colour is a subtle variegation of rose, pale pink and deeper red, which adds interest to the pattern without overwhelming it.


A limited number of kits are available in the Made By Ewe shop.  The pattern works with any 4ply yarn.  There are other colours in the shop  and the pattern is for sale from the shop.


About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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