Noggin Sunkers by Jennifer Beale

Noggin Sunkers

November 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked flat
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1136 yards (1039 m)
one size
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Noggin Sunkers

The third of five of the Noggin Cove Islands Collection, Noggin Sunkers is a modular cowl featuring an original construction of striking mitered Fair Isle and little diagonal panels of a traditional Shetland lace motif, Da Flee. The cowl is composed of 4 distorted rectangles joined modulary. Two “half-bands” of Fair Isle are worked first and filled in to form two distorted rectangles. The third and fourth rectangles are formed by picking up stitches, working the Fair Isle “half-bands” in the round, and then filling in the inner regions. All stranded colourwork is knit in the round (no steeks are involved!).

Stay tuned for the 5th piece! Coming April of 2023.

Lace and colourwork are charted only.


Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift (100% pure Shetland wool; 105 metres per 25 grams) in 4 foreground colours and 8 background colours. Colours and amounts are listed below. The number of balls of Spindrift is given in brackets. The inner rectangles are colour J. In the Fair Isle, the foreground colours (FG) are A, B, C, D and the background colours (BG) are E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L.

Foreground colours (FG):
A. Dusk (1 ball): 47 meters / 52 yards
B. Purple Heather (1 ball): 65 metres / 71 yards
C. Raspberry (1 ball): 51 metres / 56 yards
D. Autumn (1 ball): 28 metres / 31 yards
Background colours (BG):
E. Natural White (1 ball): 93 metres / 102 yards
F. Eesit (1 ball): 32 metres / 35 yards
G. Sholmit/Mooskit (1 ball): 88 metres / 96 yards
H. Sholmit (1 ball): 47 meters / 52 yards
I. Sholmit/Shaela (1 ball): 28 metres / 31 yards
J. Shaela (5 balls): 485 metres / 530 yards
K. Black/Shaela (1 ball): 28 metres / 31 yards
L. Shetland Black (1 ball): 47 meters / 52 yards


28 sts and 42 rows to 10cm / 4” with size A needles after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Fair Isle:
28 sts to 10cm / 4” and 14 rounds/rows to 3.7cm / 1.5” of Fair Isle chart with size B needles (and size A needles for single colour rounds) after blocking (or needle size required to match gauge).

Needles and Notions

The gauges were achieved with the following needle sizes. To work the pattern as written, you must swatch and use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Size A: 2.5mm (US 1.5) 100cm / 40” circular needles for single colour St st

Size B: two 3mm (US 2.5) 100cm / 40” circular needles for Fair Isle bands. You will technically need only one needle to knit with but you will need a second needle when picking up sts for Fair Isle Band #3.

You will also need: spare needles or interchangeable cables for holding sts, 3mm to 3.5mm (US D-3 to E-4) crochet hook for surface crochets along the very centre of the Fair Isle bands, stitch markers.


  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Lace (flat and in the round)
  • short rows
  • Modified 3-Needle BO
  • surface crochet (an embellishment at the very centre of the Fair Isle bands)

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Tech edited by Sue Hislop (Ravelry: Sue-Cat)