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Heritage Shetland Shawls Knit From Edging To Center


Price includes 10 hours of class. A kit is required for this class; the $11 kit fee will be added to your order.

A virtual class with Denise Bell

Aug 6, 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00-4:00pm
Aug 7, 10:00am-12:00pm
Aug 13, 10:00am-12:00pm
Aug 14, 10:00am-12:00pm CDT

Fine Shetland lace shawls are constructed from the outermost edging to the center using a true lace-weight or cobweb yarn. If your goal is a fine shawl that slips through a wedding ring — this is the class for you!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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In this class you will experience the traditional method of Shetland lace shawl construction: the knitter begins at the outside edging and works inward to the center square. Daunting? A little. Impressive when completed? Oh, yes!

Exciting techniques include edging-strip knitting, lace patterning on both sides, and grafting — all in a construction method that may be unfamiliar to even experienced lace knitters.

Upon completion of your class swatch, you’ll have all the skills required to knit a Shetland lace shawl in the same fashion as those given by Arthur Anderson to Queen Victoria after her coronation. These were the shawls that sparked a craze for the finest lace shawls from Unst, the most northerly island of Shetland.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
An experienced lace knitter will love this workshop. The knitter needs to be proficient in increases and decreases, reading charts, working with lace-weight yarn and small needles, and be willing to take their knitting to the next level.

A kit is required for this class; the $11 kit fee will be added to your order.
The kit will include:

• Jamieson & Smith 2-ply laceweight yarn (two 25g balls) in white

Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.

Supply List
• US 4 (3.5mm) needles with sharp tip: two 24″ circulars OR long, double-pointed needles will do
• 2 yds fingering-weight waste yarn
• Darning needles
• Blocking pins (T-pins)
• Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Linda P.
Confidence building

I wasn’t able to watch the live Zoom classes but was happy to be able to watch the recorded classes. I have been knitting lace for many years and love to explore all methods from different countries. After visiting the Shetland Islands a few years ago I was obsessed with learning the techniques from someone that was experienced in their methods. I wanted to build a Shetland Lace shawl using the traditional techniques and this class gave me the confidence to do it. Even though I couldn’t attend live, I still got what I wanted out of the class. Thank you for this wonderful class. I like when Stitches provides classes for advanced knitters.