Hello everyone! today I have a new design to share with you. I have a lot of ideas for yoke designs, sometimes they come to something and other times I get a bit stuck. A couple of years ago I bought the Selbuvotter book which contains hundreds of amazing charts – some of my favourites are the ones with little people. I had an idea to take different sizes of these charts and decrease them over the yoke. But I couldn’t decide how I wanted to treat the rest of the yoke designs (cuffs, length etc) so I just saved it in my folder for another time. Then a few weeks ago at work, I was working on one of Sandras patterns – the Guizer’s Toorie, which also features little people on the chart and it made me think perhaps I could take my yoke chart and try it on a hat, the Erne Beret is the result.
I was also inspired by the yarn, Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight, its a totally undyed yarn which means different shades look different every time we get them, the current lot of shade 2006, the background colour used here is soooooo nice and I’ve been wanting to use it for a while. Its the perfect fawn and combined with 2009 which is a dark, browny-grey I think is a great pair. I wanted something both strong and subtle and I think it works.
I don’t much enjoy knitting corrugated rib but for a hat, I will do it as I think the effect is so good, I cast on in the darker shade then it goes right in the rib with the lighter shade as the MC. The people motif gets smaller as you go up the hat decreasing as you go.
So in terms of the name, Erne is a Shetland word for sea eagle and how I came to that was I was thinking about people, families, stories etc.. one story which I only heard a few months ago was when someone asked me if I was an eagle bairn… I’m sorry, what? the story goes in the 1690s a baby Mary Anderson was stolen from her croft in Unst by an Eagle and she was taken to a cliff nest in Fetlar where she was rescued by a young boy named Robert. Robert and Mary went on to be married and many Shetlanders are said to be descended from ‘The Eagle Bairn’. You can read the story here. So I like to imagine all the little people on the hat are Eagle Bairns.. :) you can buy the pattern on my Ravelry page here
Speak soon xx