Buachaille – Kate Davies


Buachaille – Kate Davies


Kate Davies recently decided to develop her own hand-knitting yarn from the resources on her doorstep. Her idea was to create a 100% Scottish yarn, grown by Scottish sheep: a yarn full of character that reflected the distinctive qualities of the landscape in which she lives and works. The finest fleeces were selected, graded, and processed in traditional worsted fashion to create a soft, smooth yarn ideal for hand knitting. Kate gave her yarn the name of one of her favourite West Highland mountains and created a rich palette of seven Scottish shades. The end result is Buachaille— a yarn as as hardy and beautiful as the landscape in which it was raised.

This book was made in celebration of Buachaille, and all the things that make Kate feel at home in the Scottish Highlands.


. . . twelve colourful accessories with Kate, in her own Buachaille yarn.


. . . five delicious traditional recipes with Scottish food enthusiast, Tom Barr.


. . . with mountain leader, Gordon Anderson, around the iconic West Highland Peak of Buachaille Etive Mòr.

Book is printed and bound in the UK.

Patterns include: Stranded and striped baffies (slippers); stranded and striped pawkies (mitts); Kokkeluri (mittens); Cochal (cowl); striped and stranded bunnets (hats); whigmaleerie (tree decoration); oobit (felted bracelet); cairngorm (brooch). Recipes include: Holy Fair farls; seed and herb oatcakes; cranachan; lavender shortbread; crowdie (cheese)

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Kate Davies Designs (KDD) was established by Kate Davies in 2010, when a stroke at the age of 36 ended her career as a literary academic. While recovering from her stroke, Kate supported herself by designing digital patterns for hand-knitting, established an independent publishing company, and began to produce books that combined her skills as author and designer.

As of 2020, Kate has produced sixteen books under the KDD and Makadu imprints. These books combine Kate’s research with individual design collections (Yokes (2014); West Highland Way (2018));  bring together the work of talented contemporary designers (Book of Haps (2016); Milarrochy Heids (2018); Warm Hands, (2020)); explore the story of textiles within the broader context of Scotland’s regional cultures (Shetland Oo (2016) Inspired by Islay (2017)) discuss a wide range of topics concerning design and disability (Handywoman, 2018) or explore positive and inclusive approaches to creativity (Wheesht: Creative Making in Uncertain Times (2019).

As well as her writing, design and editorial work, Kate now donates 20% of her time to volunteering, mentoring and consultancy, sharing her expertise with a wide range of organisations and individuals. She’s a champion of the MAKE manifesto and one of the twelve members of the Scottish Government’s Business Leadership Group, encouraging other businesses to commit to the ideals of fairness and equality behind the Scottish Business Pledge. From its beginnings in difficult circumstances, Kate is proud to have built a sustainable and successful creative business completely from scratch.

KDD has grown into a company which now encompasses many different aspects of publishing, design, and creative practice here in the west of Scotland.  In  2015 we developed our own brands of yarn for hand knitting and in 2017 launched our own knitwear line, KDD Originals, designed and made in Scotland.

Scottish design, Scottish making
We are a small yarn producer, working with skilled manufacturers around Scotland, and a small publisher, producing books in Glasgow under our own imprints. We are proud to support and promote Scotland’s creative, design and making practices in many different contexts.