A sketch of the symbols knitted into Flanna’s Eriskay Jersey.
This traditional Jersey, of the small Island of Eriskay is the only surviving example of this traditional knitting style left in the Outer Hebrides. The complex Jersey, knitted on four separate knitting needles is seamless and close fitting, allowing it to be hard wearing and practical for the fisherman who used to wear it. The symbols, as shown above, are the traditional motifs which illustrate the Islands ancient fishing industry. Each knitter uses her own unique selection of symbols for each individual garment she knits, she will hand these techniques down to her daughter. Made only in two colours, it is said that Navy was worn at sea during the week and cream reserved for the weekends.
Thank you to the Eriskay Co Chomunn store for access to these symbols and history.