Knit Scottish Color

Tay Tartan Cardigan
Cromarty Coat

Riding a train from Edinburgh, Scotland, to points farther north many years ago, it seems like I spent hours gazing out the window at nothing but vibrant yellow flower clusters lining the hillsides. It was May, and the gorse plant was making its presence known, everywhere. It’s always surprised me a little that among my memories of a stellar trip to Scotland (like sampling several single-malt scotches at different distilleries, admiring herds of adorable hairy little cows, driving through the hushed greens of the Spey valley, or tasting my first bite of haggis), what emerges first is the yellow gorse plant blooming across the country like some kind of madness. 

Gorse on the hillside

When I picked up a copy of renowned knitwear designer Martin Storey’s latest collection, Scottish Knits, I was gratified to see a lovely photograph of gorse growing on a rocky outcrop as one of the very first images in the book. The photo is inspiration for the first project, Tay Tartan Cardigan, where the yellow from the flowers translate directly into the colorway of the cardigan. Storey employs this process throughout, trusting the colors and beauty of the Scottish landscape as his allies in creating 24 gorgeous designs.

The rocky coastline of Scotland inspired the triangular-shaped Cromarty Coat.

In addition to the gorse-inspired cardigan, you’ll discover gentle streams, fields of heather, and dramatic coastlines all of which serve to inspire extraordinary colorwork and cable designs using traditional stitch patterns and techniques handed down through generations of Scottish knitters. It’s elegant. It’s fun. It’s a must-have collection for your knitting library.

Knit your own journey through Scotland with Scottish Knits.