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Northern Lights KAL Inspiration

Hello everyone, today we thought we’d share some inspiration if you are thinking about taking part in our Northern Lights KAL, there are projects starting to appear on Ravelry and still plenty of time to enter. Now Christmas and New Year are past us there is more time for knitting and certainly, here in Shetland, we are having very dark, windy and rainy nights that just ask for hunkering down and doing some knitting.

Photo Copyright: David Gifford

I thought I’d share some patterns which could easily be used to convey the feeling of the Northern Lights or even take their inspiration directly from it:

L-R: Prairie Stars Gloves – Outi Kater, Sky Gazing Toque – Simone Van Iderstine and Pole Star Mittens – Joan Poleson.

L-R: Merrie dancers Toorie – Elizabeth Johnston, Aurora Polaris Cowl– Lou Lachance

These patterns all use Fingering Weight/4ply so would work perfectly with 2ply Jumper Weight, this is the range in which we have the widest range of colours but you could take motif inspiration from the patterns and use any weight of yarn – 2ply Lace, Shetland Heritage, The Croft, Shetland Aran Worsted..

Of course, you could choose to go down the Shetland Lace route – I found these two patterns, one of which is directly inspired by Northern Lights:

If you would like to put together your own motifs or patterns there are lots of great books to help with that – some of the best selling ones are:

I’ve focused on knitting styles more common in Shetland – Fair Isle/Colourwork and Lace but remember you can use any style of knitting as long as you use all J&S yarns – you can use any, from cobweb up to chunky but to be eligible for a prize you must be able to show it is made in our wool.

If you are struggling with colours I’ve found a few websites you can use, lets you upload an image and puts together a palette from that picture:

Adobe Color is another website that lets you search palettes:

Some other colours inspiration websites are: Design Seeds, Colour Lovers and Colordot.

I hope this has given you some inspiration if you would like to take part, the details of the KAL are:

  • KAL will run until 1st April 2020.
  • You can make any type of Knitted Garment/Accessory or Home item.
  • What you make must only use Jamieson & Smith yarns.
  • Item must be inspired by Northern Lights either in colour, motif or effect – or all three!

You can share what you’re making with the #northernlightskal on Instagram and you must tag Ravelry projects with #northernlightskal

Happy knitting!

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