Shetland Spindrift from Jamieson’s of Shetland

Shetland Spindrift yarn

Students who come to my Fair Isle knitting workshops will know that I love using Shetland Spindrift for colourwork.

Shetland Spindrift is spun from 100% pure Shetland wool, grown and spun on the Shetland Isles. It is popular for colourwork knitting, in particular, Fair Isle patterns. It comes in a large colour range which includes natural undyed shades as well as dyed colours.



Jamieson’s of Shetland, who make Spindrift yarn, buy fleeces of the native Shetland sheep from crofters on Shetland. They carry out all the processes required to produce yarn at their mill in Sandness, Shetland Isles.

Their Shetland Spindrift yarn is woollen spun which makes it light and ‘sticky’ and perfect for Fair Isle knitting. The fabric produced by stranded colourwork techniques, such as Fair Isle knitting, has a layer of floats on the wrong side. These floats make the knitted fabric thicker than usual for the yarn weight. So, a light yarn keeps the fabric light enough for garments and accessories. If you have tried to knit stranded colourwork designs in a smooth yarn, such as cotton, you will know that the floats can sag which distorts the stitches. The tiny fibres on ‘sticky’ wools cling to each other. This helps the floats stay in place, making the stitches more even.

Shetland Spindrift is a 2-ply yarn (it has two plies) often described as jumper weight or equivalent to 4-ply (it knits up like a 4-ply yarn).

It comes in a large colour range which includes natural undyed shades as well as dyed colours.

105 m/ 25 g.

Needle size: 3.25 mm

Knitting gauge: 32 sts and 32 rows per 10 cm.

Hand wash.

Made in Shetland by Jamieson’s of Shetland.

Additional information

Weight 30 g
Dimensions 15 × 6 × 5 cm

Amber 478, Anemone 616, Apple 785, Apricot 435, Aqua 929, Aubretia 1300, Blossom 555, Burnt Umber 1190, Buttermilk 179, Chartreuse 365, Cherry 580, Chestnut 577, China blue 655, Cloud 764, Cobalt 684, Coral 540, Cornfield 410, Daffodil 390, Dog Rose 268, Dove 630, Eesit 105, Eucalyptus 794, Flax 375, Ginger 462, Granny Smith 1140, Lavender 617, Leaf 788, Leprechaun 259, Lipstick 575, Loganberry 1290, Lunar 680, Mirage 722, Mogit 107, Moorit 108, Mooskit 106, Natural White 104, Nighthawk 1020, Oatmeal 337, Orchid 547, Peacock 258, Peat 198, Plum 585, Poppy 524, Pumpkin 470, Purple 610, Rose 550, Rust 578, Scotch Broom 1160, Shaela 102, Sherbet 188, Shetland Black 101, Sholmit 103, Sorbet 570, Spice 526, Stonehenge 640, Verdigris 772, Violet 600, Yell Sound Blue 240, Yellow Ochre 230, Zodiac 599


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