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peoples friend shawl

It was back in 1968 the Jamieson & Smith introduced knitting yarns to help add value to the Shetland Island clip, as mentioned in the last post the wool was graded and sorted by hand into its various quality’s before being sent away to be spun into whichever yarn we specified. Nearly 50 years later we still do the same.

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Knitting in Shetland has been one of our main industries throughout the centuries* and we are lucky to have patterns passed down throughout peoples families but for those out with Shetland it was tricky to access these traditional patterns. Sandra Manson who works at J&S has been knitting since she was a child, the skill’s passed down to her from her Granny and Auntie.


Sandra is always on the lookout for vintage patterns and one she has recently reknit in our Shetland Heritage range is a Hap taken from the Traditional Shawls and Scarves book (which we have on our shop here) Some of these vintage patterns need a bit of work so Sandra has made a few changes to hopefully make it easier to knit and you can find the pattern in this weeks edition of The Peoples Friend.


Almost since we started doing yarns in the late 60’s we have had patterns in various magazines, before the days of Ravelry, Facebook and Twitter that was the main way we could reach our customers all over the world and for many people without access to the internet it is still a way for them to hear about Jamieson & Smith Yarns.


If you don’t have access to the Peoples Friend Magazine we will be releasing the kit ourselves in the upcoming months, but for this week it can be found in there. Happy Knitting!

*If you are interested there is a day all about Shetland Knitting being hosted at the Shetland Museum and Archives this Saturday (March 5th 2016) and it can be viewed on-line, for more information see here

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marion Postlethwaite #

    I have used J&S wool since the 1970s and still have and use the Traditional Shawls and Scarves booklet. I have 2 original Feather and Fan scarfs still going strong. I have a 1982 shade card and remember when the wool came wrapped in brown paper and string!

    March 2, 2016
  2. helena Bruce Roach #

    I remember knitting this one before I left home( in horrible but practical for student living) light blue acrylic. Its been on my bed and in my bed keeping my feet warm for the last 27 years! Nice to see it as it should look.

    March 2, 2016
  3. Susan #

    Will the Shetland Knitting Study Day be rebroadcast or available for download?? PLEASE!

    March 2, 2016
  4. sophy0075 #

    Good for J & S to take steps to preserve Shetland’s woolly heritage!

    March 2, 2016
  5. Gail Roche #

    Hi ladies, It is a lovely shawl and one I will enjoy knitting. Please tell me the pattern will be charted as well as written. Ella, you will be amused to know I am working my way through Liz Lovick’s small sampler shawls….just so I will be ready when my moment comes. Hope all is well and I envy you your day on Saturday. Hope you will tell us about it. Gail Roche,…..still and always a Canadian but now I live in the California desert year round. The Summer should bring lots of quality knitting time. All the best. Gail

    Sent from my iPad


    March 3, 2016
  6. We should do all we can to preserve the Heritage of Real Shetland wool and support the crofters and sheep farmers who produce it. There is nothing quite like it in the world!

    March 3, 2016
  7. Jean Littler #

    the post from Marion Postlethwaite, is this our Aunty Marion?

    Best Wishes Susan & Jean xxx

    April 19, 2016

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