smookies - shetland jumper


The modern Shetland jumper


A hybrid of two classic garments, the Shetland smookie is a descendant of both the fisherman’s smock and the Fair Isle jumper.


They say design what you love... quite simply I love smocks! This is my interpretation in knit of the canvas smock, worn by generations of seafarers, artists, and Sunday potterers. The pattern motif is inspired by the traditions of Fair Isle, Nordic and Shetland knitting.


Contemporary knitwear, made in Hoswick


A really wearable sweater, with special Nielanell details: a stand-up neck and inset storm cuffs. Smookies are a very local production, being made in Hoswick just a few sheds down from Nielanell HQ - by Laurence Odie Knitwear. Read more about the design process


100% British lambswool

Made in Hoswick, Shetland.



Nielanell smookies are available in one size, which fits a 14-18. On smaller figures the smookie is a wee bit more tunic-like.

Although the pattern is ‘all-over’ (like traditional-style Shetland and Fair Isle sweaters), the gentle trapeze shape of the smookie gives a flattering fit.

Measurements: Chest 42", Length 24 1/2", Sleeve 22"


We recommend that you hand wash using liquid or flakes. you may wish to wash in the machine on a very gentle handwash wool cycle at 30 degrees or less, using very little detergent specifically designed for delicate/wool items – but you need to ensure your washing machine uses a very gentle handwash wool cycle.


Do not wring.
Do not tumble dry. 


Dry flat on a rack or in the fresh air, and steam/press lightly.  Alternatively you may dry clean the garment.


We try to get the best colour reproduction possible in our photographs, but colour can vary when viewed on different browsers and devices. Please allow for some variation in tone and colour.
To ensure individuality we make a small number of designs in a particular colourway and some pieces are one-offs. If we have sold your chosen colour when you order, we will contact you – we may be able to make another or have an alternative in stock. Sizes of individual pieces and colourways can vary. If you’re unsure if this style will fit, or looking for a colour, please get in touch.