Thistle - by Mandy MacIntosh

Thistle is the first design in a new collection for J&S by Glasgow based artist and knitwear designer Mandy MacIntosh. It takes a traditional Scottish motif - The Thistle - and gives it a contemporary edge in this unique pattern for a woman's sleeveless pullover. This is a one size pullover, with a 38 inch chest measurement, using intarsia technique, along with bobble stitch for the detailing on the thistles. The main body of the pullover is made in our Shetland Supreme jumperweight, with the patterns in our standard coloured jumper weight yarns.

Coming from a family of Irish knitters, Mandy soon picked up hand-knitting, and began to fuse her  new hobby with  her love of punk music- it didn't take long before she started designing her own garments- using traditional methods but with her own edgy colour combinations and styles. 
 After studying for a degree in knitwear design then working as a knitwear designer at KENZO in Paris for two years, Mandy returned to Scotland and studied for an MA in design at Glasgow School of Art. 
Each of Mandy's contributions to the J&S "New Directions Pattern Collection" demonstrates the versatility and adaptability of Shetland wool, through new perspectives and colour palettes- aimed toward a new generation of fibre artists and hand knitters. 
More of Mandy's creative projects and visual art can be seen on her website at: 
£61.05 / Kit(s)

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