100% Shetland wool from my own flock. Raised and cared for in the Forest of Dean.
Hand spun 2 ply jumper weight (equivalent 4ply). With a lovely soft handle and no prickle!
Suggest 3mm needles.
28 sts x 36 rows.
Please check your own tension before commencing your project.
The characteristics of Shetland fleece are that it should be fine with lots of crimp. After all a shawl, Spencer (vest) or scarf needs to be soft against the skin.
The beauty of the 7 natural colours which occur within the Shetland breed is that; unlike dyed wool, the colours will not fade under normal wear.
As a primitive sheep; that is to say un- “improved” by man the Shetland retains the ability to shed its own fleece to make way for the new growth. This means that is not always necessary to shear a Shetland and indeed the best fleece for spinning is that which has been “roo’d”. Roo’in means that the fleece has been collected from the sheep before its gets lost in the field. Some of my Shetlands roo so well that I can tease their fleece off whole so that it looks like a polo neck jumper! Others are shorn by hand to produce a good fleece for spinning.
The staple length, crimp and shade vary from one animal to the next but all should have plenty of lanolin and no guard hairs or kemp.
You may have read in some publications that the Shetland is a “double coated” breed. Whilst there are some examples of this perhaps on the island of Foula and in some American flocks; generally in mainland UK the Shetland fleece is sold for spinning should be single coated, fine and capable of spinning into a yarn which can be worn next to the skin.