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Jamieson & Smith, Real Shetland Wool

Shetland Heritage Madder

Jamieson & Smith
(Code: MADDER)
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£ 3.95

25g, 110m/120yds, 2.8nm worsted

Tension: 30 sts and 32 rows = 10cm/4in over Fair Isle pattern using 3mm needles


Shetland Heritage yarn recreates the original characteristics of handspun ‘wursit’ used in old Fair Isle garments. The yarn is replicated from that found in knitted Fair Isle garments in the collection of Shetland Museum and Archives.

Wool experts, specialist dyers, curators and knitters have worked together to develop and trial Shetland Heritage yarn, which is worsted spun from Jamieson & Smith’s combed tops to give a soft feel, and a smooth finish. The yarn is slightly finer than the four ply we use today to knit stranded colourwork and Fair Isle. Instead, it gives a definition and complexity of colour and pattern that goes right back to the nineteenth century.

Shetland Heritage Yarn is part of a collaborative project between Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland Museum and Archives, Curtis Wool Direct and Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) Ltd. Together, we were inspired to recreate the worsted spun yarns in Fair Isle artefacts in the Shetland Museum’s collection after the success of a project to revive Shetland Fine Lace in 2010.

Customer reviews
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Beautiful colour and lovely to knit with.
Mrs M.
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Lovely soft wool in subtle and beautiful hue.Dispatched quickly. Arrived within days, securely but not over-packaged. A finely-spun yarn. Will need thin knitting needles. I am working out which will work best. I am looking forward to seeing this pullover for my husband take shape. I have already placed a second order which was dispatched within hours and will fit through my mail-slot, just as the previous one did, so I don't have to wait in for it. Well done Jamieson and Smith.
Jacqueline R.