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Traditional Shetland Knitting Belt, or ‘Makkin Belt’ as it is known in Shetland.

For use with double pointed needles to anchor the needle for speed of working the stitch and to ease tension in the wrist.


Curious about how to use a knitting belt?  Click on the link to watch a short video explaination.


Hand made on Fetlar in Shetland using traditional methods and materials.

Natural vegetable tanned leather, hand dyed, waxed for strength and durability.


Filled with quality upholstery coir (coconut) fibres as an excellent alternative to animal hair.


The holes are a standard 3.5mm hole which fit a 4mm needle securely and can be used with smaller needles.  Holes can be made larger, smaller or with a selection of sizes.  Please message with your requirements.


All belts will be made to the new shape (please see images), images of the old (rounder shape) are to show colour options.


Avaiable in your choice of body colour, strap colour and edge lace colour.   


Available in the following sizes:

Small:  24"-37" (61-94cm)  (childrens, ladies size 6-12)

Medium:  33"-39" (84-99cm) (ladies size 8-16)

Large: 37"-44" (94-112cm)  (ladies size 14-22 )

X Large:  42"-52" (107-132cm)  (ladies size 20-32)


(These measuremnets are approximate and are a gude only, if you require a specific size range please message us with your requirements).


Should you prefer a belt made to a specific waist size please add waist measurement size when ordering.  There is no extra charge for larger sizes.


A small selection of double pointed needles are available, in stock, that can be purchased with your knitting belt - please message for details.


Comes in a linen storage/gift bag.


Made to order usually within 5-7 working days. 


This item is made to order in your choice of colour and size.  Occassionally these are available in-stock, but have not yet been listed on the website, but are ready to ship immediately, please contact us for details of colours and sizes ready made and available.

Traditional Shetland Knitting Belt (without animal hair)

Body colour
Strap colour
Edge Lacing
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