Spin! Series 1 - no.4


Not a Spinner?

Recommended substitute yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift.


Document Details

This pattern is sold as a pdf download, file size 1.28MB,
9 pages.


Price: US $6



160g white Shetland tops
50g light brown Shetland tops


Hand cards; dyeing equipment;


Landscape acid dyes in ‘Salmon Gum’, ‘Marine’, and ‘Chamomile’.


Singles ratio: 8:1
Plying ratio: 11:1
Singles wpi: 30
Plied wpi: 14
Plied twist angle: approx 30 degrees
Gauge: 8 sts and 8 rows = 1 inch in stranded pattern.
Yardage: small amounts (approx 40m) of each of eight colours.


Needles and Notions
3mm circular or double-pointed needles for your preferred method of knitting in the round; stitch markers; yarn needle; smooth waste yarn.


Finished Size
Women’s medium: to fit hand circumference of up to 8 inches. Notes are included for adjusting size further.

I have always been intrigued and inspired by the beautiful colourwork patterns originating in Scotland’s Fair Isle. Although two-colour patterns can be striking, I especially love the designs which are composed from a range of colours in sequence – blended and graduated to create a beautifully subtle but glowing effect.


This tutorial takes you through the theory and process involved in dyeing the Fair Isle-inspired palette for these mittens. Also included are tips on creating a different colourway in your choice of shades.


The mittens, knitted from soft handspun Shetland yarn, will definitely turn heads as they keep your fingers toasty and warm this winter. Full colour charts are included, along with detailed instructions.


Photographs: Diane Mulholland and Michelle Lieberson




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