Interisland Shawl


Sunwick is a cosy cowl, made in Shetland double knit yarn and captures a geometric simplicity which is inspired by the lines, patterns, textures and contrasting colours of the urban environment. It makes for a relaxing stranded knit with the addition of an optional contrast edging. It works up fast in DK yarn and will fight the fiercest of Shetland winds.

The pattern was first published in the 2017 edition of Wool Tribe, Festival Companion by the Edinburgh Yarn Company.
This downloadable pattern has been updated to include two larger sizes, providing the knitter with a total of three size options. The grey version featured here is size medium.

The 2-colour patterned section is bordered by rolls of stocking stitch adding an interesting texture to the garment. The cowl is knit in the round starting with the central “roll” of the edging. The main part of the cowl is then knit ending with the top border. Stitches are picked up from the top and bottom edges at the beginning of the central roll and the final sections knit to complete the cowl.

This cowl is knit in Langsoond 100% Shetland Double Knit yarn.

Langsoond Double Knitting (100% Shetland Wool, 220mm (238yds)/100g skein)
Shade A: Stane x 1, (1, 1) skein. Actual quanity: 72, (78, 84) g; 158 (172, 185) m; 171, (186, 200) yds.
Shade B: Urmalea x 1, (1, 1) skein. Actual quantity: 82, (89, 95) g; 180 (195, 210) m; 195 (211, 227) yds.

Note: If you are knitting the central part of the edging with a contrasting yarn you will need 45, (53, 61) m; 49 (58, 66) yds of that yarn.

Shown in:
Langsoond Double Knitting (100% Shetland Wool, 220mm (238yds)/100g skein
Shade A: Stane x 1, (1, 1) skein
Shade B: Urmalea x 1, (1, 1) skein

25 sts and 30 rnds to 10 cm (4 in) over colourwork stocking stitch

Needles and Notions:
Circular needles in length 40 cm (or longer to do magic loop) or set of 3 or more long DPNs or your preferred needles for working in the round in a size to achieve the correct gauge. This sample was worked in 4.0mm (US 6) needles.
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Finished Measurements:
24cm/9.5” deep and 25.5 (27.5, 29) cm/10 (10.75, 11.5) in wide when laid flat.

Categories: , Product ID: 957


This pattern brings two islands together; the yarn was naturally dyed by Shilasdair in the island of Skye on the west coast of Scotland then sent to the island of Burra in the Shetland Isles in the north of Scotland where I designed and made the shawl.

The pattern begins by knitting a lace edging in a wave inspired motif representing the sea that links our islands together. Once the edging is complete, the stitches along the straight side of the edging are picked up and a series of short rows in comforting garter stitch are completed to create the gentle curve of the body of the shawl.

One size
29cm/11.5in deep at the widest point x 166cm/65.25in wide at the widest point

18 sts and 39 rows to 10 cm/4in worked over garter stitch flat.
Gauge is not crucial to this project but please be aware a different gauge will affect the amount of yarn you will use.

Shilasdair Sogh :: 4 ply/ fingering (75% Superfine Alpaca/25% Long fibre British wool, approx 225m (246yds)/50g skein); Shade indigo and madder; 2 x skeins

Approx quantity of yarn required: 429.5m/469.7yds
You can substitute this yarn with anything that has the same yardage (length per metre or yard)

Needles and notions
Set of 80cm or 100cm circular needles, or set of 2 long straight needles. You might prefer to use short needles to work the edging.
This sample was knit using 4.0mm (UK 8/US 6) needles, you may find you have to use a smaller or larger needle to obtain the correct gauge.

Stitch markers
Blunt tapestry needle

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