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Brora Black Cobweb Shawl

hello everyone, a quick post today about a new version we have of one of our classic patterns, the Brora Black Cobweb Shawl is another one of Gladys Amedro many Shetland 1ply Shawls which Jamieson & Smith released in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. This pattern was released in 1991 and like all of Gladys patterns was written rather than charted – but recently we had a customer, Heather, who had re charted the pattern for herself and allowed us to use her charts for a charted version of the pattern.

It features lots of tree motif’s – you see a lot of trees in Shetland knitting considering we don’t have very many..! They are often seen in Fair Isle in yokes as you can decrease incredibly successfully around them as you can see here in the Hairst Yoke:

For the type of shawls that this one is the tree motif is quite apt as it is often known as the Tree of Life. There are a number of similar motif’s in Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller and they are described as such, a 1ply shawl is also used as a christening shawl and they were/are given to a new baby as a present or to be wrapped around them at their Christening.

This shawl is quite unusual as it was knit in Black, most are made in white but this was also seen to be able to be used as an evening shawl. Regarding the construction you first knit the border to create the scallops then pick up the stitches and work each triangle 4 times at the same time gradually decreasing as you get towards the centre. This means at the end there is no sewing to be done except your ends!

If you would like to knit your own Brora Black we have added the charted pattern kit to the online shop – you can choose to knit it in Cobweb 1 ply available in White and Black or Shetland Supreme 1 ply Available in 5 natural shades and Optic White (Optic is currently out of stock but we are hoping to have it mid August) if you want to know more about the merits of choosing a woollen spun yarn versus a worsted have a look at this post.

1ply supreme optic, white, fawn and moorit

1ply grey, 1ply shetland black, cobweb white and cobweb black

We are planning to work our way through many of our written patterns and translate them to also be available as a charted one too, so we hope you like it!

PS.. we recently got some new peerie project bags you can see them here

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gail Roche #

    I am delighted that this is now chsrted. I have wanted to knit it for years….I have cobweb yarn now so would like to buy just the pattern.. What is the price of the pattern alone if it is available? Thanks. Gail Roche >

    July 25, 2018
  2. Gail Roche #

    What is the finished measurement, Please. Gail Roche >

    July 25, 2018
  3. Susan #

    I have handspun for this and this will spur me on but cannot figure out for to order the charted pattern. Thanks.

    July 25, 2018
  4. I have made this shawl twice now for two of my grandchildren. Here is one of the posts I did about knitting the shawl.

    July 26, 2018
  5. I’ve admired the Hairst cardigan for a long time. Is there a way of buying the pattern alone, as it only seems to be available as a kit? I’d love to get the wools as well, but living overseas, the cost would be astronomical. A PDF download would be great!

    July 26, 2018
  6. We don’t offer a PDF of the pattern at the moment, you can order a paper copy by email and we will send you a PayPal link. 😊

    July 26, 2018
  7. We don’t have the pattern on it’s own on the website but if you email us we can send you a PayPal link. 😊

    July 26, 2018
  8. The paper pattern is £4.00, if you email us we can send you a PayPal link.

    July 26, 2018
  9. Thank you! I will do that when I return home from holiday.

    July 26, 2018

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