Selkie - Knitting

The pattern has be greatly inspired by the Shetland haps, from the shape to the garter section, the lace and the yarn choosen.

Have you ever seen a seal bobbing in the water, watching you? If you have been to the north of Scotland you may have. Seals swim in the Pentland Firth, to the north of Caithness, and out to the Orkney Islands. They catch fish and lie basking on the rocks. The stories tell us that sometimes they shed their seal skins and walk on the shore on two feet as selkies! A fisherman might fall in love with the soft brown eyes of a selkie woman, hide her seal skin and make her his wife


Materials you need at home:

  • Yarn 4 skeins of Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight in the 202 colorways --> garter section 3 skeins of Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight in the 61FC OR 072 colorway --> lace section 1 skein of Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight in the 002 colorway --> braids section.

  • Needles A pair of US8 or needle size to obtain gauge

  • Gauge 15,5 stitches and 37 rows= 4”/10cm in garter stitch, or needle to obtain gauge.

  • Notions 2 stitch markers stitch markers for the lace section (optional) tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

  • Finished measurements 57”(145cm) long and 21,6”(55cm) deep

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I’m Melody a twenty-something French lady, living close to the woods in Riga, Latvia.

A few years ago, right before moving to China, I decided to teach myself how to knit by watching videos online. I barely touched my pointy stitcks during the two years that I spent there, but right after coming back to France, I got completely hooked.

My new hobby quickly reached the point where it became an obsession. When I first started, I didn’t know anything about fibre, and how important it was to work with good tools and materials. After a few years of practice, I became a proud yarn “snob”, using natural yarns exclusively, with a preference for naturally dyed yarns with high sheepy content.

I wake up every morning with the goal of owning a piece of land, somewhere in rural France, where I’ll be able to keep working with yarn and fiber while growing a vegetable garden, and share my journey and work with this amazing online community.

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