Selkie Stole

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Selkie Stole Pattern


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Knitting: Selkie Stole
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Girls



Skill Level:

advanced skill level requirement Expert

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • lace knitting
  • knitting with very thin, cobweb yarn
  • provisional cast on
  • knitting on edgings

Pattern Description:

The mysterious selkies are both seal and human. To become human, they shed their seal skin. They turn back into seals by throwing their seal skin over themselves.

As humans they are incredibly beautiful, and many a fisherman has taken a selkie wife, and hidden her seal skin, to ensure that she will stay with him forever. The wife will do everything to find the skin, since selkies prefer being seals. Eventually she will find it, and return to her life in the sea.

Throw this traditional Shetland stole over your shoulders, and see if you turn into a seal too!

Choose cobweb yarn for the traditional Shetland look, or lace or fingering weight yarn for more warmth.


1 pattern repeat of Body chart to measure 6 x 9cm / 2 3/8 x 3 1/2"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 75 x 200cm / 29 1/2 x 78 3/4"


  • Cobweb yarn, such as Cobweb Ultra by Jamieson's of Shetland: 1,300 and 1,900 metres (1,400 to 2,080 yards), mainly depending on how aggressively you block
  • 3mm / US size 2 1/2 long or circular needles

Suggested yarn:

1900 meters of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Ultra Cobweb by Jamieson's of Shetland


#104 Natural White

About Designer

About Designer

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I just love knitting gloves: once you get to the fingers there are so few stitches per round, that another finger is finished in what seems no time at all - giving you a constant sense of achievement!

My knitting patterns provide very detailed instructions. Apart from the very few designs in which the two gloves/mittens are knitted exactly identical, my patterns always include instructions for ...

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