Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit

CaptureDrum roll please…..

I can now tell you about the work I have been doing for most of the last 9 months. A new book, due out in September 2015, of Shetland shawl projects.
Knitting Shetland lace is easier to do than it looks! Relatively few stitch operations are used, and even the most complex-looking patterns have a rhythm to them.

There is much interest in the history of Shetland lace. The book will include a summary of this, pointing out that ‘economic imperative’ has shaped the tradition, and that the story of the lace is intertwined with the sheep and the Shetland way of life.

The book assumes that the knitter knows the basics of knitting lace (directing beginners to The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting), but specific techniques of fine lace knitting and care will be explained in detail. Thus there will be, for example, a detailed discussion on dressing/blocking fine lace. The different shapes of Shetland shawls will be discussed, and each will be accompanied by an apprentice piece (a mini shawl) for practising the techniques involved. And there will be a section on ways to wear your shawls.

Elly with one of the square shawls
Elly with one of the square shawls (a reference shot, not a book one!!)

The projects will cover an increasing order of difficulty in 4 ply/fingering, lace weight and cobweb weight yarns. A heirloom set of shawl, dress, petticoat, bonnet and bootees for babies is included. The shawls have suggestions for other uses – for example a scarf worked in cotton makes a table runner.

There will be a section on mistakes and repairs.

Dropped stitch only noticed when dressing/blocking
Dropped stitch only noticed when dressing/blocking
Mended repair
Mended repair

Throughout, the book aims to give confidence to the knitter so that they can enjoy the process of knitting airy shawls they will love using.

The book contains 15 projects and 5 apprentice pieces. It will be published by Search Press in the UK and St Martins in the USA.

Over the coming weeks I may be letting you see a few more of the projects…!  Here is a bigger section of the petticoat which goes under the heirloom dress.

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20 thoughts on “Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit

  1. The thing I’m finding exciting about the book is learning all the different techniques such as how to block and how to mend a shawl. I’m also going to love reading about the history of shetland lace and the role it had to play. Looking forward to your book 🙂

  2. Liz: This is so exciting for you. Let me be one of the first to buy the book. I loved your last book and will love these two also!

  3. Having just had to repair a tear in a finished lace shawl (my sister’s wedding veil), I’m looking forward to the section on mistakes and repairs since there seems to be very little information available on the best way to tackle these and I’m sure I’ll have to do it again in the future!

      1. Hi Liz, thanks for your response. I am actually in Australia. I will see how I go, and if unable to obtain, come back to you. Robyn.

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