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Mrs Hunter’s Yarnover Pattern is a traditional Shetland pattern. Apparently, “Mrs Hunter” is said to be a member of the famous Hunter family of the Isle of Unst.
In fact, Unst is the most northerly of the Shetland Islands. From here, the celebrated Hunter family began and developed what we now refer to as Shetland lace knitting.
Consequently, this famous, pioneering Shetland family went on to create gorgeous shawls for the British royal family, right back from the time of Queen Victoria to the present day.
Actually, this stitch pattern is knitted over just 4 rows. So, this is an easy yarnover stitch pattern to memorize – perfect for knitting in front of the TV.
Furthermore, it is a great stitch pattern for a novice knitter who would like to try out a yarnover pattern.
Meanwhile, the finished fabric has a lot of similarities with the Yarnover Cable which was probably derived from this stitch pattern.
In addition, this delightful yarnover pattern is ideal for a wide number of different knitting projects, ranging from a smart summer top to a baby blanket.
Finally, the stitch pattern uses slipped stitches. If you are not familiar with this technique, we recommend that you check out our step-by-step tutorial. Furthermore, you can find this tutorial here: Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise.
Techniques Needed for Mrs Hunter’s Yarnover Pattern
Other Abbreviations Used
ws wrong side
rs right side
psso pass slipped stitch(es) over
Instructions (Knitted Flat)
Multiple of 4 sts plus 2
Row 1(RS): Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, * sl 1 k3, psso the 3 knit sts; rep from *, end k1
Row 4: P1, * p3, yo; rep from *, end p1
Repeat Rows 1-4 until the desired length is reached.