Durrow shawl

This triangular shawl has a border composed of intertwined square Celtic knots, which are worked separately in alternating centre-out/centre-in knitted squares, and joined at each edge to produce a continuous knot flowing across the border. The two-colour effect is achieved using a combination of slipped-stitches and cable knitting. This shawl pattern is published in my second book, Illuminated Knits (2017).

An interlace jumper

This long sleeved, ladies jumper with its vivid interlace was knitted by Bain’s daughter Claire. She was following one of his charted designs, using stocking stitch. The wide blue interlaced strands, outlined in red, flow seamlessly onto the sleeves. If you look closely at the stitches you can see how this was done.

The body of the jumper and parts of the sleeves are knitted as one piece. Perhaps Claire used a long circular needle. The rest of the sleeves, with their closely fitting cuffs, were knitted separately and then grafted or sewn on.

George Bain charted many patterns to be used for knitting. There is a hint in his Celtic Art, Methods of Construction that he may have been thinking of publishing a book on the subject. When his son Iain retired, he gathered together his father’s knitting charts with the hope of printing them too. This never happened.