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Dutch Shetland Leggies

Knitting
October 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Fair Isle
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
459 - 470 yards (420 - 430 m)
One Size
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The Dutch are better known for their Texel wool, so this wonderfully sheepy Dutch-raised Shetland that appears in wool shops in the fall is a special pleasure. Part of a new project in the Netherlands to encourage local sheepherders to keep their sheep’s wool for yarn, the local fleece is sent to Germany to be spun and returned to the Netherlands.

Some of these Fair Isle charts are taken from photographs I took on my trip to Shetland in the summer of 2013. In particular, the heart pattern was from a book behind glass in the Shetland Museum in Lerwick.

The legwarmers are one size, tapered to fit a nice muscular calf :)

DETAILS

Sizes:
One Size

Finished Measurements
Bottom edge circumference
11”/28cm
Top edge Circumference
13”/33cm
Length - 20”/51cm

Yarn:
141g / 206 m DK weight yarn

Color 1 - 25g/73m
Color 2 - 38g/113m
Color 3 - 27g/80m
Color 4 - 41g/122m
Color 5 - 10g/30m

Shown in:
Dutch Yarns
Dutch Raised Shetland in five natural, undyed colors

Needles:
3.5mm & 3.75mm circular needle or dpns
(worked in the round)

Notions:
1 stitch marker
tapestry needle

Gauge
22sts x 22 sts = 4”/10cm