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Sunhill, Isle of Berneray, North Uist
Outer Hebrides, Scotland, HS6 5BQ

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Machair Wildflower Shawl - PDF Pattern download

Knitting Patterns

Our range of knitting patterns are being developed in collaboration with leading knitwear designers. They are unique to The Birlinn Yarn Company and draw their creative inspiration from the culture, ecology and aesthetics of the Outer Hebrides. 

We are launching this collection with our beautiful Machair Wildflower Shawl pattern designed for Birlinn Yarn by Emma Vining. 

There will be more patterns to following in the next few weeks and months.

Machair Wildflower Shawl - PDF Pattern download

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Machair Wildflower Shawl - PDF Pattern download

5.50

Designed by Emma Vining for Birlinn Yarn, our Machair Wildflower Shawl pattern is designed for intermediate knitters. The contemporary asymmetric form is combined with lace eyelets and raised bobbles to reflect the machair wildflowers as closed buds, in full bloom and as autumn seed heads. This triangular shawl is knitted from point to flat edge, with stitches increased gradually over the whole length of one long side of the wrap.

Machair, a Gaelic word, refers to one of the rarest habitats in Europe, almost unique to the Hebrides. A dune pasture that produces an abundance of beautiful wild flowers from Spring to Autumn. At Birlinn Yarn, we put our Hebridean sheep to the machair for winter grazing where they stay until lambing in the Spring, when they are brought back to the croft. The machair is then ploughed and sown with the crops harvested in the Autumn.

Thus, our beautiful, asymmetric shawl evokes the machair wildflowers throughout the seasons.

Download our digital PDF pattern - price £5.50 - then you could choose to purchase 150g of Monadh - Moor or another of Birlinn Yarn's 4 Ply Hebridean Colours if you prefer.

Our Machair Wildflower Shawl pattern will shortly be available to purchase and down load from Ravelry.

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