Ella Gordon

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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Designed to go alongside my Einar Hat (only available in the Shetland Wool Week annual until 2019) these mitts use a small repeating motif with seeding on the palms to ensure no fingers get caught! Half fingers keep you warm but still keep your fingers free.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A simple Fair Isle hat with a folded brim and peerie pom pom!
Knitting: Pullover
Ever since I designed my Hap Cowl pattern I have thought about incorporating the traditional Hap outer motif in a yoke. You knit the body as sleeves as normal from the bottom up, join, work shaping and then just before you begin the chart you turn the knitting inside out and its worn with the reverse side on the outside, this emulates the garte...
Knitting: Pullover
A traditionally inspired Fair Isle yoke with a rolled cuff and slightly cropped body. My colour scheme was inspired by the main shade I chose - a bright royal blue from J&S, and I love orange and blue together so the palette grew from there. The body and sleeves are knit from the bottom up in the round before all the pieces are joined toget...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A couple of years ago I bought a childs beret from the saleroom which had a similar motif to this and since then I have always wanted to design a hat which uses the pleasing repetitiveness of an all-over pattern that simply grows into the crown decreases. The colours subtly shade with a bright middle row and the two colourways show how differen...
Knitting: Vest
This vest is inspired by one I made a few years ago from a Japanese pattern, it was the first piece of knitting which used my crofthoose motif, I found the lack of instructions in the pattern very liberating to knit and I have tried to replicate the style of pattern with some extra information in the text. I redesigned the motifs and used two s...
Knitting: Mittens
This is the penultimate pattern from A Year of Techniques - a collection of 12 patterns to teach you new knitting skills.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Traditional Shetland fingerless gloves with a tree motif.
Knitting: Pullover
This jumper is knit from the bottom up, I used a easy shetland lace pattern on the bottom combined with a simple raglan top. Three quarter length sleeves, a cropped, boxy shape and worsted weight yarn makes this a quick and easy knit with something a little bit different!
Knitting: Pullover
This jumper is my version of a traditional Shetland Yoke jumper, I have used raglan shaping before the yoke, a lower neckline and short row shaping to make it more modern. I used 5 contrast colours but the yoke would look equally striking in one shade. Ola’s Ness is an area located near to my Grandads Croft in Northmavine in Shetland and the gr...
Knitting: Headband
This pattern is knitted in the round and uses the Fair Isle colourwork technique. It uses the yarn held double to create a thicker fabric.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Fingerless mitts featuring a couple of peerie crofthooses.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These mitts are inspired by a Fair Isle Yoke cardigan I bought on eBay (accidentally) from my Auntie. I loved the way the colours in the yoke worked together and it’s inspired me to design these mitts using the same motif and colours. Its a great way to use up odds and ends, they use traditional Shetland glove construction and design, the chequ...
Knitting: Cowl
A circular cowl inspired by the elements of traditional Shetland Haps, worked flat and then seamed this cowl uses garter stitch, simple lace and colour changes for a surprisingly easy but effective looking knit. My two colourways are inspired by nature in Shetland: Colourway 1 reminds me of the sea, sand and cliff’s whereas Colourway two is ins...
Knitting: Pullover
A bairns (children’s) version of my Crofthoose Yoke. This pattern is knit entirely in the round with extra stitches cast on at the centre back and worked in a stripe pattern as indicated in the chart. When the jumper is finished the steek is reinforced, cut open and a buttonband picked up.
Knitting: Pullover
inspired by my design for Shetland Wool Week 2016 this jumper takes the Crofthoose motif onto a traditionally inspired yoke jumper. Short rows at the neck give this a modern and comfotable shape and knit using Shetland Jumper weight it makes a warm garment suitable for all year round. Included is 3 different colourways and a chart for using you...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
I have always loved the little Crofthouse’s you see dotted all over Shetland. I am known for making cushions in the shape of traditional Crofthhouses and my 2016 Shetland Wool Week design is another use of one of my
Knitting: Headband
This quick and fun knit uses two strands of jumper weight Shetland wool held together to make a warm and cosy headband, perfect for wearing with your hair up or just to cover your ears. Shown in two different colourways, you can lots of shades for different effects: one colourway is a more traditionally shaded effect whereas in the other I hav...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Inspired by the roof tiles on traditional Shetland Crofthouses this cosy hat knit in chunky yarn will knit up quickly, knit in only two colours it makes a great introduction to colourwork.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Inspired by my upcoming trip to Iceland and the need for a warm hat I designed this hat simple hat using Icelandic Wool and a classic Fair Isle Motif.