When using the Polkagris Kerchief pattern the yarn sets will knit up to approximately 100cm (39.5in) wide by 30cm (12in) deep, matching the size indicated in the pattern* (available directly from Kate Davies here). The Polkagris Kerchief is a lovely quick, intuitive knit and very wearable, and fun, finished little shawl. *knit with a larger needle as it is a heavier yarn than the pattern suggests
Our Shetland Sport Polkagris Kerchief yarn sets include one 40g mini skein of natural white and one 40g mini skein of marl grey which has been naturally dyed. The Shetland fleeces which we source from our lovely local-to-us flocks are extremely good quality (read more about the flocks involved here in ‘Meet the Sheep’) – to the extent that they have been dubbed as ‘scary fine’ by The Border Mill. The fleeces are a challenge for The Border Mill to process, but their care and skill results in a beautifully squooshy and soft semi-worsted spun yarn. Kate, the Production Manager, kindly took some photos during the processing of the Heathered Grey Shetland DK shade and there is a blog post here showing the various wool to yarn stages.
The Shetland sheep is perhaps known as the British breed with the finest wool and that is certainly the case with this slightly buttery soft semi-worsted spun yarn. Shetland wool from Shetland is traditionally and typically woollen spun but this isn’t an attempt to mimic true ‘Shetland’ Shetland yarn and is quite a different take on a very Scottish yarn from special flocks here in the Highlands.