As part of Celtic Stitches in Time, our Facebook knit-a-long group has been making toorie bunnets throughout April. We were inspired by a group of items in the museum’s George Bain Collection – knitting charts.

Bain (1881-1968) was a prolific artist who spent many years studying and teaching Celtic and Pictish art. He wanted to share the methods of construction with people across Scotland. He aimed to encourage them to adapt the designs and use them in new, small, local businesses.

In this spirit, Barbara Pritchard, a volunteer at Groam House Museum, reworked one of Bain’s knitting charts. After much trial and error, she’s produced a two-colour knitting pattern. The knit-a-long zoom sessions were the chance to help others knit in two colours and in the round – new techniques for many.

Groam House Museum is raising funds by selling Bain’s Toorie Bunnet as a knitting pack here. Or you can buy the pattern. The pack includes two skeins of beautifully fine Highland yarns, produced by Julie at Black Isle Yarns.