History in the Making : Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep

by Lori Law

I recently completed my first ever ‘fisherman’s kep’, knit in Harrisville Shetland, in the style of Fair Isle as can be found in the Shetland Museum.

fair isle fisherman's kep

(Still in need of a tassel).

I joined a knit-along taking place in the Facebook Group dedicated to the keps and cast on.  Aside from enjoying the photos by other knitters of their kep creations, I am learning much about the traditions of Fair Isle knitting (vs. fair isle knitting).  Knitters have joined from all parts of the globe.  It’s been great fun (and I will be knitting another, and perhaps, another… they are catchy.  :))

Proceeds from the pattern (available only through the Facebook Group), written by Anne Sinclair, go to support The George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum, Fair Isle.

To learn more about Fair Isle, click here.

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