Twilight is back. In Shetland, at this time of year, the days quickly begin to lengthen.
During the day the light is also changing. We've had beautiful, diffused light in Hoswick this week; the haziness that can come with spring.
As the light changes...so does the knitwear we reach for.
With spring arriving, our thoughts have turned to a particularly useful throw-on layer: capes. These simple and easy-to-wear pieces have become a Nielanell classic, a sort of signature, and the garment we sell most of.
Our Byre capelet is a smaller cape in extra-fine merino.
In our online boutique, we have ten styles of cape to choose from—some in a large selection of interesting colours. Within the capes you'll also find shorter, neat pieces and longer garments too.
Please do drop us a line if you'd like any advice on the best style for you.
PS In the last few years, customers have told us that capes are very useful for Zoom meetings!
The rigg cape is nielanell’s bestseller—it comes in a myriad of colourways and suits everyone, worn poncho or cape-style.
7 colours in stock online
Rani short cape
This cape is shorter over the arms, so that you can easily wear it under a coat.
The design of the textile is a Nielanell play on tradition: deconstructed Fair Isle, mixed with photographic imagery for a collection inspired by the idea of home.
Inky blue & antique white
The pattern of this useful but elegant cape is partly inspired by pebbles revealed by a receding tide—'Ebb-stanes' in Shetlandic.
The fabric is luxurious merino, in reverse jacquard, which drapes beautifully. Wear it poncho-style, or straight—or how you like.
6 colours in stock online
Made in the Shetland Islands
Like all our knitwear, Nielanell capes are made here in Shetland. Skilled craftspeople work with the attention to detail and quality for which Shetland knitwear is world-renowned.
Rural sustainability is an important part of our mission at Nielanell, and support of our local Shetland manufacturers is a key part of our ethos.
Hoswick Paint cape
Elegant and comfortable, like all Nielanell capes, the Hoswick Paint cape can be worn in several ways. The familiar rooflines of the village become a motif worked in orange over a background of seascape blues.
Sea blues and orange / sea greys and yellow