BAKKA promotes Shetland's famous textile heritage. The contemporary Fair Isle knitwear is inspired from traditional patterns and colours and uses a modern 100% extrafine merino, resulting in unique, silky-soft, warm and comfortable products
BAKKA promotes Shetland's textile heritage. She achieves this by only using the oldest traditional patterns and natural colours. The designs have been inspired from the oldest garments in the collections of the Museums of Shetland and Edinburgh, and the colours replicate the natural dyes of old. But instead of using the Shetland wool typical in Fair Isle knitwear, BAKKA has sourced a silky-soft 100% extrafinefine merino yarn which provides warmth, comfort and convenience. The combination creates a 21st Century luxury contemporary heritage product.
The design technique is two-fold. First the motifs are laid out to make the pattern. When BAKKA's owner Mary Macgregor is happy with the overall design, she adds the colour layer. The required result slowly emerges, a swatch is knitted, then both the design and the colour bands are tweaked until the final pattern appears. Only then are full garments produced.
The yarn is "cashwool", a 100% extrafine merino produced by world renowned Italian firm Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgesesia SpA. Visit our online shop to get an idea of the quality of this wool. Cashwool is a registered trade name which is recognised to be the first and unmatched extrafine merino, and has been used by top knitwear producers around the world for over 30 years.
This reputation is well-deserved. Cashwool is synonymous with quality and innovation. It is an unmatched market leader.
Also, because Zegna know where the yarn has originated, it is as sustainable as possible.
The collections for 2018 have scarves and wristwarmers, knitted in the 4 or 5 classic colours, or in a stunning 2-colour version. Please visit the website for photos and more information. www.bakkaknitwear.com
Also, Macgregor sells a small collection of hand-knitted hats to complement the principal collection of knitwear. There are two versions available, traditional fisherman's haaf keps either fully lined for extra warmth or with the traditional turn-up, and smaller cloche hats. All are knitted in pure Shetland wool.
Finally for the knitter in you, there is a collection of knitting patterns in 3 sizes for traditional fisherman's hats, called haaf keps. Each pattern is offered on its own, or as a kit with the required amount of pure Shetland wool. BAKKA also sells Mary Macgregor's highly successful book 'Fair Isle Knitting Patterns' which can be autographed and personally dedicated for you.
To facilitate your shopping experience, BAKKA operates a market stall in Harrison Square in the busy centre of Lerwick most days during the summer months. Please email to find out exact days.