Episode 62 – Celtic Cables – Lucy Hague

Lucy Hague is the creator of stunning knitted cable designs based on Celtic and Pictish knotwork, and she features in our interview in Episode 62. We even include a short tutorial from Lucy where she shows her advanced cable knitting technique, which allows you to create two-sided cables. Lucy comes from Orkney, a small set of islands in the north of Scotland.

We keep to a northern islands theme for our other two guests. Jennifer Beale, our guest on New Releases, comes from St. Johns in Newfoundland, Canada, and shows us two of her cute lace and colorwork tops. And in Meet the Shepherdess we meet Meg from the Birlinn Yarn Company, based on the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, off the north-west coast of Scotland.

Madeleine shares some good news and gives us a look at her woolen wardrobe, and we give you an update on our projects, all just before we head of to Shetland Wool Week!!!

Lucy Hague – Celtic Knotwork in Knitting

Lindisfarne shawl and a Pictish Stone.

Lucy grew up in the Orkney Islands and has combined her deep knowledge of Celtic and Pictish art and culture and her love of drawing Celtic knots with her long time interest in knitting. Lucy has been able to replicate the stunning interlacing knot work found in Celtic insular art into amazing cable designs. These stunning designs can be found in her book Illuminated Knits and in her Celtic Cable Shawl collection. Lucy’s unique designs also incorporate colourwork techniques like mosaic knitting which really takes them to the level of artworks. Some of the techniques that she uses to create these designs are really fascinating and innovative from the knitting perspective as well, so sit back and get ready to be blown away in the interview!

Lucy uses a technique of cables mixed with slip stitches which allows her to have the effect of colour work without having to use stranded knitting or intarsia, which would be difficult to combine with her intricate interlacing cables.


Darrow Shawl

Patron Discount

Lucy is offering our patrons a 20% discount of all her patterns and eBooks in her Ravelry store and a 10% discount off the printed books from her online store. Full details here.

Lucy’s music

Lucy playing with her band Jacob’s Pillow.

Jacob’s Pillow is an original music band. They write and record their own material, which is a blend of experimental folk rock with a blend of jazz, blues and Celtic music.

Pictism is a traditional folk music band, mainly Scottish and Irish music.

Finding Lucy Hague

Birlinn Yarn Company

Meg and her family run a croft on the Isle of Berneray, in the Outer Hebrides. They rear pedigree Hebridean sheep which are wonderfully adapted to the harsh Hebridean climate. The sheep were brought to the islands in long boats by the Vikings around 800 A.D. In time the Vikings adapted their long boats which were built for speed and long sea journeys to little galleys or what is known as the Birlinn. This was ideal for inter – island travel. Meg still transports her sheep between the islands to make the most of the common grazing lands. Although Meg doesn’t use a Birlinn to transport her sheep, she uses the name to reflect the wonderful Norse and Hebridean heritage  that she is continuing with her flock.

Birlinn Yarn is 4 ply and comes in natural shades as well as a range of organically dyed colours based on Hebridean wildlife.

Hebridean flock on the Machair

Patron Discount

Meg is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 10% discount off everything in her online shop. This includes all yarn, Kits, patterns and sheepskins. Full details here.

Patron Discount on Birlinn Yarn Company


Finding The Birlinn Yarn Company

KnitJBeale – Voy’s Beach and Heart’s Content


We love how Jennifer and her husband have watched all the Star trek movies multiple times and the above design Voy’s Beach is inspired by the Voyager zipping through ocean waves and sand castles at warp speed – very geeky! Jennifer is a new designer with 3 very interesting designs in her portfolio. They all include traditional Fair Isle motifs but use modern shapes and constructions. The recommended yarn is either Knit picks palette or Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift. Both of those yarns are good quality and inexpensive choices.

Lace work on Heart’s Content.
Voy’s Beach

Patron Discount

Jennifer is offering a 25% discount of all three patterns for Fruity Knitting Patrons. Full details here.

Finding KnitJBeale, Voy’s Beach and Heart’s Content

Under Construction

Andrew is working on the Chilly Podsters fingerless glove-mitts by Glenna C. It’s amazing to see fingers coming together the way they should. These are my entry into the Fruity Mitts and Gloves KAL.

Andrea is working on Tràigh by Jade Starmore, modified to be a sweater for Andrew. This is her entry into the Knit for your man KAL

Music Credits

Image Credits

11 thoughts on “Episode 62 – Celtic Cables – Lucy Hague”

  1. Hi Fruity Knitting,
    Love your podcast! My knitting speed is slow and my body is plus size. I have given up knitting garments (jumpers/cardigans etc.) for myself as they take too long to knit and along the way I put on more weight. Over the years I have collected 100gm skeins of beautiful Australian hand-dyed wools that have laid in boxes for up to 25 years. I decided I wanted to see my wool. I live in Melbourne, Australia so the weather is quite mild and the winters are not super cold. My go to knit is now fingerless gloves using a Patons age-old pattern. I just counted my mittens and I personally have 34 wondrous pairs all different colours with more to come. I have also knitted for family and friends.
    I appreciate Podcasters like yourselves that embrace beginners through to experienced/guru knitters. I recently wondered why I was not trying to knit more complex items but for me COLOUR is so important. We all knit for different reasons.

    1. Hi Carol.

      We are currently in Shetland for Shetland Wool Week and we have been very busy doing interviews and trying to gather other footage so please forgive us for not responding to your comment earlier. We were talking about the development of color ranges yesterday, so that should be something for you to look forward to.

      It sounds like gloves are working for you, so go for it! We would love to see some of your projects in our Mitts and Gloves Kal, so look up the thread in our Ravelry group.

      Thanks for watching and for your feedback.
      Andrew and Andrea

  2. Hi Andrea and Andrew! Coincidentally i popped in to one of your episodes and I like it so much, that I don’t watch TV anymore. Every evening I am sitting with my knitting and started with episode 1 and will now watch all the episodes. And I became a patron to support your wonderful work. Please keep it up.
    Greetings from Austria!

    1. Hi Birgit. That is so great to hear – that you’re enjoying the shows and that you are supporting the show by being a Patron! Enjoy catching up! Andrew and Andrea – from Shetland.

  3. Judith Logan Junop

    Such a great episode! I love that you featured a knitter from Newfoundland. The birthplace of my grandmother. The music of Lucy takes me home. Of course Birlinn makes me want to go and visit. Enjoy Shetland Wool Week!

  4. Katharina De Rycke

    Hi Andrea and Andrew,
    Congrulations with your podcast. It’s informative, entertaining and funny and I ‘ve recently became a patron.
    I was admiring your lovely blue cabled vest you were wearing in podcast 62.
    Could you please tell me the name of the model and the designer ?
    Thank you and wish you lots of succes !

    1. Hi Katharina. Thank you for your feedback, and for your support as a Patron! We are going to have to look up the details of the blue vest – I can see it is not on the Ravelry page… We’ll try to get back to you on that! Cheers, A + A.

  5. Katharina De Rycke

    Thank you, appreciate your answer very much.
    And i meant congratulations instead of congrulations….

  6. Marleen Hoogendam

    I ‘m loving your podcasts in Holland. I’m unemployed at the moment, knitting a lot and you are very good company! When a get a new job, I’ll become a patron out of gratitude (sorry, my humor is a bit dramatic).

    A frugal tip regarding the Lovely Lucy Hague patterns: when you join her newsletter, she let’s you chose one of her patterns for free.

    Regards, Marleen

  7. Hi Andrew & Andrea,
    I take back all the grumpy bits that I said. Sorry. Episode 63 is wonderous and look forward to other episodes.

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