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The Shetland Islands. "Knitting probably came to Shetland from England, as English words were used for the earliest knitting terms. A 17th-century grave excavated in Gunnister, a moor on the islands, contained the body of a young man together with a knitted stocking, gloves, a purse and two caps. These finds are the earliest complete examples of knitting from Shetland."

The Shetland Islands. "Knitting probably came to Shetland from England, as English words were used for the earliest knitting terms. A 17th-century grave excavated in Gunnister, a moor on the islands, contained the body of a young man together with a knitted stocking, gloves, a purse and two caps. These finds are the earliest complete examples of knitting from Shetland."

There is one style of knitted glove from Britain, which just may be authentic for the 1640s, but there is no direct evidence. The gloves found with the body in a peat bog in Gunnister, Shetland are dateable to the 1694 at the earliest, but the clothes found with him were old, well worn and the gloves may have come from a long traditional pattern. They are of a similar construction to the earlier examples we have seen, knitted in the round and fulled.

There is one style of knitted glove from Britain, which just may be authentic for the 1640s, but there is no direct evidence. The gloves found with the body in a peat bog in Gunnister, Shetland are dateable to the 1694 at the earliest, but the clothes found with him were old, well worn and the gloves may have come from a long traditional pattern. They are of a similar construction to the earlier examples we have seen, knitted in the round and fulled.

This light brown woollen knitted cap was discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland, in the late 17th century. When he died, the man was wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, breeches, cap and stockings.  The cap has been knitted mainly in a stocking stitch pattern - one row plain and one row purl. The turned up brim has a more elaborate pattern.

This light brown woollen knitted cap was discovered on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland, in the late 17th century. When he died, the man was wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, breeches, cap and stockings. The cap has been knitted mainly in a stocking stitch pattern - one row plain and one row purl. The turned up brim has a more elaborate pattern.

This horn container with wooden plug was discovered along with various objects on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland in the late 17th century. The container may have been used for holding ink.

This horn container with wooden plug was discovered along with various objects on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland in the late 17th century. The container may have been used for holding ink.

17th-18th Century. Gunnister Man find. Museum link to both the pouch and another piece of fabric. Note diamond pattern formed by twists.

17th-18th Century. Gunnister Man find. Museum link to both the pouch and another piece of fabric. Note diamond pattern formed by twists.

Shetland museum. Sýnir að tvíbandaprjón var þekkt á sautjándu öld.  Gunnister man's knitted purse - replica

Shetland museum. Sýnir að tvíbandaprjón var þekkt á sautjándu öld. Gunnister man's knitted purse - replica

Ravelry: Gunnister Stockings pattern by Jacqueline Fee

Ravelry: Gunnister Stockings pattern by Jacqueline Fee

gunnister man - Google Search

gunnister man - Google Search

Wallpaper & linoleum - and a Spanish influence the long way round | Fraser Knitwear

Wallpaper & linoleum - and a Spanish influence the long way round | Fraser Knitwear

cocoknits: Textile collection, Shetland Museum

cocoknits: Textile collection, Shetland Museum