Friday, 18 May 2018

Squill Stole by Heather Peterson

Squill Stole by Heather Peterson. Photo by Knit Now magazine

In January, I posted about a 1 ply lace project I was working on, and now I can finally reveal what it was: my first published design is appearing in print this month! My Squill Stole is featured in Issue 88 of Knit Now Magazine, so I thought I’d share the story behind this design.





St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland
Squill Stole photograph from Knit Now magazine

I’m getting married this summer, and I knew I wanted to wear something I’d knitted myself (and I thought, “well, if I’m going to knit it, I may as well design it myself… and if I’m going to design it, I could look into getting it published…”) and that really gave me the motivation to get cracking on the project.

Eshaness cliffs, Shetland
My dad is from Shetland, and our family has always had a lot of strong ties to the islands. We would spend summer holidays adventuring with our cousins, visiting our grandparents, aunties, uncles and listening to my dad’s stories of growing up helping on neighbouring crofts and experiencing snow in every month of the year (not all in the same year, mind you). My grandma was also an amazing Shetland knitter, so I knew I wanted a design with a Shetland connection.

Shetland ponies are found all over the islands. This little guy was near the Cake Fridge, an unstaffed fridge full of home baking with an honesty box
The motifs I picked, therefore, are fairly traditional patterns found in Shetland lace designs. I chose, however, to work them in stocking stitch rather than the more conventional garter stitch. Squill is knitted in 1 ply cobweb weight yarn, so Jamieson & Smith Shetland 1 Ply Cobweb weight was a natural choice. Despite being pure wool, the knitted fabric is ultra lightweight, so hopefully it will not be too hot for a July wedding!

Squill Flower
The name Squill comes from a wildflower of the same name, which is native to Shetland. Knit Now magazine is available in the UK from Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda and Morrison's. Issue 88 is on sale from 17 May 2018.