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Unst Cap

The Shetland Trader
Knitting
November 2007
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
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This close fitting skullcap is not intended to function as your average winter wooly hat (as in not meant for the ski-slopes). Instead it can be worn as an indoor cap (for those who have chillier, older homes) or it can be worn outdoors for those who live in less northerly climes (maybe it’s not even winter where you live), or perhaps you’re just the type who prefers a less scratchy, more modest type of head covering in the winter (like my shaven-headed husband).

The origins of the lace pattern however come from a very northerly location, that of the island of Unst in Shetland (where ironically you’d probably want to wear a less ‘holey’ kind of hat)! I was attracted to this lace not only because it satisfies my need to include some aspect of my Shetland heritage when designing but also because of it’s resemblance to crochet.

This classic looking cap can be made for any age, sex or hair length!