Shetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands. For the last few years, the festival has offered a free hat pattern that celebrates some aspect of the islands. Whalsay knitter, Linda Shearer, has been named as this year’s Shetland Wool Week patron (or designer). Talking about the new design, "My hat design is named after the nickname for Whalsay, the ‘Bonnie Isle’. Living on an island means the sea is ever present in our lives. All the men in my family have worked on or near the sea. But although the ‘Bonnie Isle’ hat has a nautical theme, the patterns mean much more. The chain in the rib represents the link between us all during Shetland Wool Week; and the anchor, a common motif in Fair Isle knitting, symbolises a sense of keeping grounded, connected to what matters most, and able to cope with life’s challenges. The crown, a circle, is to me a spinning wheel and a tribute to my mother Ina Irvine. A prolific spinner and knitter, she was my inspiration."
We've put together kits that mimic the original colorways all using Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight. We also put together kits for Katie's Kep and Da Crofter's Kep designs because we like those too!
These kits have the required number of colors of yarn. They do NOT include the pattern.