The official Shetland Wool Week 2022 knitting pattern is the "Bonnie Isle Hat", exclusively designed by Linda Shearer. Knit the hat in any of the suggested color variations, or come up with your own colour scheme. Here we have prepared a few variations of our own that are ready to cast on!
6 balls of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift
MC: 2 balls
CC1: 1 ball
CC2: 1 ball
CC3: 1 ball
CC4: 1 ball
About the Designer:
Linda Shearer is well known in Shetland’s knitting community, she shares her skills year-round via Shetland Adult Learning, ShetlandPeerieMakkers and annually during Shetland Wool Week. She joined the Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers in 2013 and just completed six years as chairperson.
She has lived in Whalsay, Shetland all her life. Her father was a fisherman, and her mother, Ina, knitted private commissions to supplement the family income and was also a keen spinner and knitter.
About the hat design:
Linda says: “My hat design is named after the nickname for Whalsay, the ‘Bonnie Isle’. Living on an island means the sea is ever present in our lives. All the men in my family have worked on or near the sea. But although the ‘Bonnie Isle’ hat has a nautical theme, the patterns mean much more. The chain in the rib represents the link between us all during Shetland Wool Week; and the anchor, a common motif in Fair Isle knitting, symbolises a sense of keeping grounded, connected to what matters most, and able to cope with life’s challenges. The crown, a circle, is to me a spinning wheel and a tribute to my mother Ina Irvine. A prolific spinner and knitter, she was my inspiration.”
We hope you enjoy knitting the hat and share your #bonnieislehat with us using #bonnieislehat #shetlandwoolweek2022 #bonnieislehatknitalong #castingonsww2022