Sunday, 16 August 2015

Using a Shetland 'kep' pattern from the museum.

Fisherman's 'Keps' are usually thought of as a Fair Isle hat, but they were knitting throughout the Shetland mainland as well. It is the same hat except that the patterns in the Shetland hats are all 'peerie' patterns. There are a couple of examples on display in the Shetland Museum, and I have, in the past, used one of these designs in a square hat.

I have now knitted this same design in a waistcoat, requested by a customer. 



The shade of the colours are a little different but for natural and natural dyed colours they are never the same. Here it is, ready to be posted, and with a square hat to match.

7 comments:

  1. Glorious, Elizabeth! Feeling very grateful that I got to see the waistcoat/vest in person :-).

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  2. It's really super Elizabeth. Are the colours mainly natural with the exception of the blue - indigo ?

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    1. 2 greens in there as well as the indigo blue, although they both look grey in my photo. One of the peerie patterns is a green, you can see that in the hat, maybe. The larger pattern is a silver grey and a dull grey/green.

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  3. Where can I buy the kep pattern? I fancy one in natural colours and a friend has just dropped off a couple of coloured fleeces. Many thanks

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  4. Where can I buy the kep pattern? I fancy one in natural colours and a friend has just dropped off a couple of coloured fleeces. Many thanks

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    1. It looks like it is only available as part of a kit:
      https://www.shetlandheritageshop.com/Fair-Isle-Knitting-Kits.html

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    2. I have used the motifs in a 'kep' which is in the Museum collection. There is a kep pattern available from Fair Isle and can be ordered from their facebook page which is 'The Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep Page'. Go to 'files' at the top of the page and you will find information and an order form.

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