The Shetland Trader Book 3: Heritage

  • £24.50


Gudrun Johnston is well-known for her exquisite colourwork and lace designs. She draws on her Shetland heritage in all of her work. This new collection takes a deep dive into the history of Gudrun's mother's 1970s knitwear business, also called The Shetland Trader.

The Shetland Trader Book 3: Heritage by Gudrun Johnston is a masterclass in Shetland knitting, exploring both garments and accessories. The designs are a combination of pieces recreated faithfully from her mother's designs, patterns influenced by Patricia's designs but with Gudrun's own take, and entirely new designs that take inspiration from Patricia's work. Gudrun worked with our own Jen Arnall-Culliford as technical editor to bring precision and clarity to the pattern instructions.

Many of the patterns come, as Patricia's offerings did, in multiple colourways and with options for different sleeves or neck treatments. The headline contents might be seven garments and four accessories, but that would massively underrepresent the number of pattern options this collection contains.

Gudrun Johnston's latest book, The Shetland Trader Book 3: Heritage, is a must-buy for fans of Shetland knitting.

We have a range of yarn kits available to accompany the patterns in this collection.

Pattern Contents

Bunaberry: A cropped sweater with balloon sleeves, with Fair Isle bands at the widest point of the sleeves.

Elsk: An A-line dress featuring Fair Isle patterning at the hem and sleeves.

Hjarta: An A-line dress with Razor Shell Lace patterning at the hem and sleeves.

Maywick: An all-over Razor Shell Lace top with three-quarter length sleeves.

Smora beret and beanie: Two Fair Isle hats.

Snaraness: A lace neck or head kerchief.

Soorik: A smock with Fair Isle detail on the bib and pockets.

Tarra: A shallow shawl with Razor Shell Lace border.

Vair: A classic 1970s sweater with lace body and Fair Isle yoke, with options for both sleeve and neck treatments.

Vatna: A deep shawl with Razor Shell Lace border.

Willapund: A Fair Isle tank top (US vest) with neat i-cord edging and two colourway options.

Other Content

The collection also includes information about the backstory of Patricia's original Shetland Trader business, the process of bringing the collection to life, and a detailed techniques section to assist with the technical aspects of the designs.

Technical Information

  • 146 pages
  • Width: 234mm
  • Height: 250mm
  • Weight: 555g
  • Softcover, perfect-bound
  • Printed in the UK 

Published 14th October 2021
ISBN 978-1-9160295-7-6

Images © Ali Denney.


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