Privy Garden Pillow


The Privy Gardens were kept private until the 20th century and have been restored to their 1702 glory. They showcase a formal symmetry featuring graceful curved gravel paths winding between yew and holly bushes. It was the lines traced by the paths that I tried to capture in this design. Curved lines in cable patterns are very difficult to achieve so I used appliqué I-cords along with the traditional knitted-in technique. I selected seed stitch for highlights, to add texture and reference the gravel stones. Then set each pattern in mirror image quadrants to follow the symmetry of the gardens.

Designed by Fiona Ellis