Louise Irvine
TRADITIONAL HAND-MADE SHETLAND KNITWEAR

Hand-knitting has been a part of Shetland tradition for centuries. Women knitted as they walked to work on the croft and their meagre income from producing high-quality knitwear, supplemented the little they earned from crofting.

Today, few women knit the beautiful, traditional patterns by hand. Mostly knitwear is produced on domestic knitting machines or in factories. It is a dying craft as fewer and fewer women are prepared to spend the one hundred hours needed to produce just one sweater.

This is just a small collection of some of the many hundreds of patterns which exist in Shetland. Like all living traditions, knitters are constantly changing and re-inventing patterns, but our selection is based on patterns which have some history and yet remain able to stand up with any contemporary design.

Louise Irvine's collection comes to you direct from the knitters who are able to incorporate your own particular size and style specifications. If you really want that special, exclusive sweater, then please just ask!

In addition to the range of hand-knitted items, we are also pleased to offer a small range of hand-framed knitwear. These garments are knitted on domestic knitting machines by local people in their own homes and are finished by hand in the traditional manner.

As most of the styles are in plain colours, we are able to offer you, not only the colours shown, but also any colour you would like. If you are looking for a sweater or cardigan to match an outfit, please send us a small piece of the material and we will send you samples of wool from which you can choose the best match.


Shetland Hand-knit Collection
Johnnie's Pattern
Johnnie's Pattern
Jazz pattern
Jazz Pattern
Florence's Pattern
Florence's Pattern
Fernbank Pattern
Fernbank Pattern
Prince of Wales Pattern
Prince of Wales Pattern
Shetland Lace
Fine Lace
Vidlin Pattern
Vidlin Pattern
Basket O' Eggs Pattern
Basket O'Eggs Pattern
Helen's Pattern
Helen's Pattern

Grandad's Pattern
Islesburgh Pattern
Islesburgh Pattern
Mrs Jamieson's Pattern
Mrs Jamieson's Pattern
Shetland Hand-Spun Collection
Jarl's Pattern
Jarl's Pattern
Trowie Pattern
Trowie Pattern
Selkie Pattern
Selkie Pattern
Shetland Hand-frame Collection

In addition to the range of hand-knitted items, we are also pleased to offer a small range of hand-framed knitwear. These garments are knitted on domestic knitting machines by local people in their own homes and are finished by hand in the traditional manner.
Classic Shetland
Classic Shetland
Classic Shetland
Classic Shetland
A brief history of Shetland Knitwear

Care of Shetland Knitwear


Ordering Instructions

Please order by email, phone or fax.
If you are coming to Shetland, you may order your knitwear in advance. It will then be ready for you to collect on arrival at our special Shetland price.
Please provide the following when ordering:-
  • 1 - Style number and colour

  • 2 - The measurements of a favourite sweater (not your own body measurements) as follows:-

  •               i) Length
                  ii) Across the chest
                  iii) The sleeve, measured from the centre back of the sweater to the cuff
  • 3 - Your card number, expiry date, registered name and address

  • 4 - Delivery address

  • Louise Irvine
    51 Commercial Street
    Lerwick
    SHETLAND
    ZE1 0AB
    Scotland
    Fax/Telephone: +44 1595 695246
    e-mail: info@shetland-knitwear.com

    For more hand-knitted Shetland Knitwear please visit Spirit of Shetland

    For a selection of Shetland Arts & Crafts please visit Designed in Shetland


    Thanks to the Shetland Museum for the use of old photographs.