Grand Shetland Adventure Knits

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Mary Jane Mucklestone and Gudrun Johnston are both famed for their impeccable Shetland colour work knitting designs. Despite being friends for years, this is their first collaboration, and Laine Publications is delighted to bring you this book that brings together their classic designs and their love of Shetland into a beautiful book that you can treasure, and use, for years.

There are 14 beautiful knitting patterns, all of which are the kind of practical garments that you would pack for a trip to Shetland: socks for cozying up by the stove, a pullover suitable for hiking and a hat that will keep your hair in place if it’s windy.

Alongside the patterns, short travel stories showcase some of Mary Jane and Gudrun’s most cherished places in Shetland, with brief essays of the days they have spent there and exquisite photography of the region taking you on an unforgettable journey to a place that — despite its small size and remote location — has had a great impact on the world of knitting.

Whether you are new to colour work or a long term fair isle fan, you will enjoy this love letter to these fascinating islands, their nature, traditions and people.

About the authors:

Mary Jane Mucklestone, also known as MJ, is a knitwear designer, teacher, and author of several knitting books who is based in Maine. She is endlessly enchanted and inspired by Shetland’s windswept isles. Her book 200 Fair Isle Motifs is used by The Shetland Peerie Makker’s after-school knitting program, which, for MJ, is the equivalent of winning an Oscar!

Gudrun Johnston is a Shetland-born knitwear designer currently based in Massachusetts. She is known for accessible modern-day patterns that are greatly inspired by her heritage. She frequently returns to Shetland, where she loves spending time with her family on the Westside.


  • 200 pages
  • 14 knitting patterns (3 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 1 vest, 2 hats, 2 shawls, 1 cowl, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of gloves)
  • Sizing notes: garments have an upper recommended bust size (allowing for recommended ease) of between 54 inches and 62.5 inches, depending on the design and the ease. if you have sizing questions for a specific design, please get in touch and we would love to help you
  • Hardback (Print only)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-81-4
  • Weight: Approx. 705 g / 1.55 lb
  • Dimensions: 178 x 246 x 22 mm
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Published by Laine Publications


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