Shetlander by Linda Wilgus


January 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Shetland motif chart pattern (see pattern)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
440 yards (402 m)
Small (cuff circumference 7.5 inches) and Large (cuff circumference 8.25 inches)
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This pattern is available for free.

Tradition with a twist! I love reading about the different traditions in knitting and the history of our beloved craft. Where better to find inspiration for a design?

Shetlander is a pair of fingerless mitts inspired by, you guessed it, traditional Shetland knitting. The mitts showcase two vertical Shetland color motifs, and feature two-colored ribbing on the cuff and edges.
In Shetland knitting, when a motif is knit across the entire design, as opposed to only parts of the design such as the hem or cuffs of a piece, only two colors are used to create the motif.
In this case there’s a little twist to these mitts: one vertical motif is worked on one side of the mitt and another on the other side. As such, the mitts can be worn with either motif on top, creating a new look depending on which way you flip them. Knit in a 100% wool, worsted-weight yarn, Shetlander will keep your hands feeling warm and looking stylish in the heart of winter.