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Shetland Mini

Maggie BairdComment

At the Shetland Lace class in April, Gudrun had us knit this adorable mini shawl using traditional Shetland construction and lace techniques. It is a tiny version of her Flukra pattern. I think mine looks like a moth!

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

I was happy to discover that the finished mini shawl is the perfect size for a Blythe head kerchief! 

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

©Maggie Baird - keyinherpocket.com

I thoroughly enjoyed Gudrun's tales of life on the Shetland Isles, both modern and historical. The most fascinating subject was the traditional use of knitting belts. The crofter women would use the padded, perforated leather belts to support the weight of their knitting and free up their hands so they could knit at every opportunity. Can you imagine caring for children and gathering peat while knitting colorwork? Incredible!

I am in love with this image from the Shetland Museum Archives of a small child using a knitting belt and petting her cat! ♥

Girl with cat,  1939-46 ©Shetland Museum Archives

Girl with cat, 1939-46 ©Shetland Museum Archives

The best technique I took from the class was an appreciation for the unique construction of Shetland lace. The mini shawl was knit in three sections: first was the center triangle, knit from the center tip with yarn overs on the sides. The yarn overs were picked up and the middle lace panel was knit out. Then, the knit on border was attached to live stitches from the panel. It was a lot of fun to knit and rewarding to see almost immediate results on such a small project. You can read about the class and see photos on Happy Knits Blog. Can you spot me in the second photo? 

I can't wait to start on a full sized Shetland Lace shawl. I'm leaning towards Solan or Loren, both by Gudrun Johnston. Are they not beautiful? She had the samples in class and I fell for them!

Thank you for the incredible opportunity, Gudrun & Happy Knits!