for Straker Classics 1981
795 Shetland Lace
Penny Straker: “Quintessential femininity. This timeless design uses one of the simpler Shetland Lace patterns counter pointed by a small 6-stitch cable, both set into a lightly textured background with panels of P2, K1, P2 on the right side; K5 on the wrong side. This design requires attention– it does not lend itself to animated conversation, but to quiet time in your favorite knitting chair.
“Traditional Shetland lace patterns were rarely written down, but were passed on generation to generation by word of mouth. This accounts for the many variations in techniques as well as in the names of many of these ancient and beautiful patterns as we know them today.
“I designed Shetland Lace decades ago, longing for a feminine openwork cardigan to knit in the MacAuslan Shetland yarn. I opened my first yarn shop with this yarn and carried it, too in our Nantucket shop. Today we have another wonderful Scottish mill providing us Shetland yarn– Jamieson’s Spinning Ltd. Their colors, too, are fabulous – one can nearly hear the winds on the moors and smell the salt air while looking through their color ways."
(Please be aware that the photos on the downloadable pdf of this pattern will be improving in the near future. There will be no changes to the pattern itself; it is wonderfully complete.--ed.)
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