The Williamson Stole
Temporary note : This pattern is still in the testing stages. The stitch key of the current version will be corrected to indicate that all rows are knit. This shawl is in garter lace and every stitch is knit, except for the double yarn-overs that are knit and purled. No other purling required.
This stole is a recreation of a stole by Mrs. Jane Thomasina Williamson of Guitqroy, Unst, part of the lace collection of the Unst Heritage Centre, Shetland.
It can be seen that this is a piece that came from someone experienced with patterns and used to working motifs directly from experience and from her head - not written charts. She seemed to have a ‘library’ of stitch patterns in her head and as soon as she finished one motif would immediately choose another and start right in. Thus, although each pattern is beautifully centered widthwise, it does not flow as organically lengthwise as far as charting goes, at least compared to modern terms. But then again, their charts were in their heads, not on paper.
As this is still being knit for the first time, the estimated yarn is just that. We THINK it will be around 2200 yards but please have enough extra on hand, just in case it is more.
An Important Reminder to those of you interested to knit this, that these charts are read from right to left on odd rows and left to right on even number rows as in Sharon Miller’s Heirloom knitting. I know that there are a lot of other patterns out there (i.e. Hazel Carter’s Sampler Stole where everything is left to right). There are many rows where there is not a lot of difference but some rows that this is very important to remember.
We hope that you will see the beauty and charm in this pattern as we did and that you will be inspired by the lovely old patterns of the Shetland knitters.