We’re pleased to be part of a rich heritage of carrying in Scotland and whilst researching the Plaid carry we have been reminded of the importance of passing on the tradition of carrying to our family and friends.
We loved how the majority of the people we spoke with were familiar with the Plaid, and could recall seeing it being done often, but interestingly few could remember how to do it themselves!
Those few that did know, not only remembered but had carried their children, their grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren in it.
The Elemental Collection has taken inspiration from traditional Scottish textiles for a series of new & unique patterns, continuing with this theme is our newest addition: Sonsie. Based on the rich tradition of knitting in the northern isles, this pattern harnesses comforting motifs to create a pattern which evokes memories of cosy, woollen jumpers and windswept Sunday walks in the Scottish countryside.
The ‘Fair Isle’ style is now synonymous with a myriad of knitting styles found around the world, but the Scottish island communities from which this style originates have been knitting with this specific set of motifs for generations. Read more about our Fair Isle inspiration here.
As the Elemental Collection celebrates the harsh diversity of the Scottish elements we take inspiration from the traditional textile techniques that have graced the protective layers worn by generations of families in Scotland for three intricate new designs and a gorgeous new Sea Island Cotton warp.
Lace and knitwear are inextricably linked with their Scottish origins, so when examining traditional textile techniques our gaze naturally fell on these heritage crafts. From this inspiration grew Croft, Sono and Lace: three new designs created for the Elemental Collection.