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It was a sunny day in June when Kate Larson first walked along the North Road in Lerwick, Shetland, to visit Jamieson & Smith. Handspun and knitted textiles produced in the Shetland Isles traditionally used both woolen- and worsted-spun yarns. To learn more, visit the textile collection at the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick.
The original hat was designed with handspun Shetland yarn using fleece purchased at Jamieson & Smith. The company’s signature 2-ply Jumper Weight is a similar size and comes in more than 100 colors, so you can choose natural grays and browns or something from the color wheel. Be sure to work a generous swatch and experiment with several needle sizes to find the fabric you like.
Yarn Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight (100% Shetland wool; 125 yd [115 m]/25 g; fingering weight): 4 moorit (MC), 3 pinky fawn (CC1), 1A natural white (CC2), 5 dyed Shetland black (CC3): 27 mid-grey (CC4), 1 skein each.
Needles Size 2 (2.75 mm): circular (cir) and set double-pointed (dpn), optional. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge 28 sts and 34 rnds = 4" in St st after blocking.
Finished Size 20½" circumference and 7¾" tall, after blocking and slightly stretched.
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