Lightweight, breathable summer knitwear

Thursday Jul 14, 2022

Several of our versatile pieces are well suited to be worn all year, as part of a system of layers.

But our Saand holiday jumper has become so popular with our customers looking for an airy, lighter knit to be worn in summer or year-round in warmer climates.

Three easy, loose and lightweight summer jumpers on vintage mannequins shown against a whitewashed rustic stone wall. One is in a deep electric blue, one in a marled mid grey and another in yellow ochre.

The Saand holiday jumper has an easy but elegant shape, nearly batwing, with neat cuffs and rib detail for interest and shape. The gentle stitch pattern is called moss or seed stitch, but it reminds us of the large-grained sand down on the beach here in Hoswick (saand is the Shetland word for sand).

Diagram of the saand easy loose top. with bracelet sleeves and a roomy, boxy body.

There is something about the breezy relaxed shape that said HOLIDAY to us, when we were prototyping. However, we know that these jumpers are very happy to be worn at home—and even at work.

Detail of finely knit lightweight summer sweater in a zingy orange. sleeve with rib detail shown

There is something wonderful about the extra-fine merino yarn when it is knitted up in this stitch pattern—the colours really sing. The texture is the perfect vehicle for one colour of this luxurious yarn, which we source from the finest mills in Italy.

New summer knits in stock

Katie has just added a new selection of colours to our online boutique: from jewel tones to zingy citrus. We make these in very small batches…they don’t hang around.

Detail of neckline on a finely knitted summer sweater with a gently scooped neck in teal yarn. Shown on a vintage mannequin.

Like all Nielanell knitwear, the Saand jumpers are made in Shetland by the skilled local craftspeople for which our islands are world-renowned. We finish each jumper by hand in the Nielanell studio in Hoswick.

If you’re popping in to see us in Hoswick, find our opening hours and details. We’d love to see you. And, if you’re browsing online, do get in touch if you’d like any further information.


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