• Fairag Cardigan from Shetland Wool Week Annual

    Fairag Cardigan from Shetland Wool Week Annual

    Another beautiful knit from Shetland Wool Week Annual. Read about this interesting design below. Introducing the Fairag cardigan, which is the work of talented knitwear designer Shetland Handspun. Fairag is a wonderfully versatile short box shape with drop shoulders, and can be made fitted or loose, with alternating lace and cable patterns in the body and as a sleeve detail. The lace motif is a modified Shetland Fern. There are options for either short or long sleeves, and it has been knit using The Wool Brokers 2 ply jumper weight and also in a chunkier version using Jamiesons of Shetland Double Knitting. In Shetland, ferns are called trowie cairds. Trows can be mischievous creatures. The trows are said to use fern fronds to card wool. Fairag is a Shetland word used instead of trow. In the past, many would not say the word for fear of the trows creating havoc. So, never say trow when knitting this cardigan. Wool: The Wool Brokers 2 ply Jumper weight or Jamiesons of Shetland DK. @whatusanseesphotography

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  • Da Meids Mitts from Wool Week Annual

    Da Meids Mitts from Wool Week Annual

    The Wool Week Annual is always a beautiful indulgence and we can’t wait to see this year’s edition. Email if you’d like to be added to our request list and we’ll notify you when the books arrive. Colour rush. The star of this year’s SWW Annual 2021 cover, and our fourth pattern, are the glorious ‘Da Meids’ mitts by Alison Rendall Fair Isle Knitting and have been designed in three amazing colourways using Uradale Yarns. The inspiration for Alison’s design comes from the sea. Before the use of modern navigational aids, the location of fishing grounds around Shetland were identified by lining up pairs of onshore landmarks known as fishing meids, so Alison has named her mitts ‘Da Meids’. She has given them a nautical feel to reflect Shetland’s fishing heritage, and also as a tribute to her dad, who made a living working long, arduous hours at sea when she was a child. Da Meids begin with a lace cuff that is knitted flat, then the work is joined to knit in the round from the beginning of the hand.

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  • Starting a Monochrome Sophie's Universe Blanked

    Starting a Monochrome Sophie's Universe Blanked

    Start of a monochrome Barberton Daisy Sophie’s Universe in The Wool Brokers Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight. The textured stitches in this undyed cream colour are stunning!

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  • Shetland Wool Week Annual Arriving Soon

    Shetland Wool Week Annual Arriving Soon

    We’re very excited about the newest issue of the Shetland Wool Week Annual, due to arrive this October just in time for the fall knitting season! Details below . . . NEWS! We’re thrilled to share a sneak peek of the cover of this year’s Shetland Wool Week Annual, Volume 7! It will be available for pre-order from Wednesday 1 September together with Membership for our Virtual SWW event. Make sure you’re signed up to the SWW newsletter to hear all the latest updates! Now in its seventh edition, the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2021 is packed with exclusive patterns, fascinating essays, and stunning photography taken on location at Shetland’s magnificent Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. There are 12 cosy patterns from 11 leading Shetland knitwear designers, as well as from emerging new talent too. Expect vibrant Fair Isle motifs, intricate lace, weaving and more. There are insightful features too which all draw inspiration from Shetland wool and Shetland’s rich knitting heritage. As always, the publication is presented beautifully with clear instructions, patterns and charts, and stunning photography: all with Shetland at its heart. We can’t wait to share more with you in the next few days! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s publication. We couldn’t do it without you!

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