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Jamieson & Smith Shetland Heritage


Jamieson & Smith Shetland Heritage

  • composition 100% Shetland Wool
  • weight 2.8nm worsted
  • needle size 3.0mm
  • length 110m
  • gauge 30 sts and 32 rows = 10cm/4in over Fair Isle pattern w/3mm needles
  • ball weight  25g
  • care  hand wash gently, lay flat to dry 

Shetland Heritage yarn recreates the original characteristics of handspun ‘wursit’ used in old Fair Isle garments. The yarn is replicated from that found in knitted Fair Isle garments in the collection of Shetland Museum and Archives.  Wool experts, specialist dyers, curators and knitters have worked together to develop and trial Shetland Heritage yarn, which is worsted spun from Jamieson & Smith’s combed tops to give a soft feel, and a smooth finish. The yarn is slightly finer than the four ply used today to knit stranded colourwork and Fair Isle. Instead, it gives a definition and complexity of colour and pattern that goes right back to the nineteenth century.

Shetland Heritage Yarn is part of a collaborative project between Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland Museum and Archives, Curtis Wool Direct and Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) Ltd.  

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