12th May 1951, The Gunnister Man is the remains of a man found by two Shetlanders in a peat bog not far from the junction of the A970 road in Gunnister, Shetland.

May The Gunnister Man is the remains of a man found by two Shetlanders in a peat bog not far from the junction of the road in Gunnister, Shetland.

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…

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

Museum reference H.NA 1046 Description Torn piece of knitted fabric with a diamond pattern, found at Gunnister, Shetland

Pair of light brown knitted gauntlet gloves, found at Gunnister, Shetland

Pair of light brown knitted gauntlet gloves, found at Gunnister, Shetland winter gloves

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…

Costume Historian: The Gunnister Man Project

Costume Historian: The Gunnister Man Project

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

Sýnir að tvíbandaprjón var þekkt á sautjándu öld.

the gunnister man - Google Search

the gunnister man - Google Search

the gunnister man - Google Search

the gunnister man - Google Search

Gunnister Man - A Scot with many handknits - Roving Crafters

Historic Knitting and making the Gunnister purse – Jeff & Caroline's pages of Century Stuff

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