The Shetland Trader Book 2

The Shetland Trader

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A taste of Shetland...

As with Gudrun Johnston’s first collection, these designs give a nod to her Shetland Island roots and offer a variety of complexity and style. As has become one of her signatures, she uses lace in a contemporary way. Alongside the lace designs you’ll find a wee bit of Fair Isle, ranging from the simplest patterns to more traditional Fair Isle yokes and all-over patterns.


Gudrun Johnston was born in Shetland in the 70’s while her mother, Patricia Johnston, was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. Thirty years later – and now living in the United States – Gudrun has followed in her mother’s footsteps. She has made a name for herself among a new generation of knitwear designers, using the internet to directly interact with an international community of knitters.

Gudrun often includes aspects of her Shetland heritage in her designs, mostly utilizing traditional lace patterns in a contemporary context. She also loves to design using seamless construction and is always adding new techniques to her seamless knitting skills. Most recently she is exploring Fair Isle knitting. As well as teaching all over the world Gudrun now runs fiber related trips to the Shetland Islands.

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