The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting
Hello, I'm Hazel Tindall, from Shetland, and I am delighted to welcome you to my website where I present a selection of my unique Shetland and Fair Isle knitting patterns, available for immediate download.
I was privileged to grow up in Shetland where I was surrounded by knitters who needed to knit quickly and to a high standard in order to gain an income. I have been knitting for longer than I've been reading and writing, and have no memory of learning to knit.
It's nearly 60 years since I knitted my first cardigan for myself, and over 50 since I knitted my first Fair Isle cardigan. Since then I've knitted hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of knitting. I love knitting Fair Isle - so many colours and patterns to choose I will never run out of ideas.
My latest adventure is this website, hazeltindall.com, where I hope to encourage and help knitters from all over the world by offering a selection of unique, easy to follow patterns. I hope you enjoy what you find.
I have been filmed, by Dave Donaldson and JJ Jamieson, as I knitted a Fair Isle cardigan, which I named "Shetland Star". It takes many hours to knit a Fair Isle cardigan so they have done well to condense it to just under 3 hours without losing any of the steps taken to knit it. I am delighted with the quality of the finished film. For me the icing on the cake is the addition of my favourite knitting poem, "Da Allover" narrated by its author, Stella Sutherland. This is now available as a direct download and DVD.
For a few years Jamieson & Smith have been sponsoring 'Colourbox Challenge' competitions at Voe and Cunningsburgh Shows. Eight colours are selected and the challenge is for knitters to create pieces of Fair Isle using at least 4 of the colours (I was told that it was 5 for Voe but one of the ste...
Steeks are extra stitches used to enable knitting in the round - thus avoiding purling. This is particularly useful in Fair Isle knitting as it means the right side always faces the knitter and it is easy to see the pattern taking shape. The steek stitches need to be cast off in the last round and s...
I’m in awe. The tips alone are worth the £5 cost. I don’t think I’ve seen a better neck shape on a stranded garment. Having the 6 colour choices is just the cherry on the cake really.
I appreciated your video so much. You somehow were able to interact with an imaginary audience in a way that felt very comfortable and natural. It felt like I was sitting by the side of someone I knew who was telling me very honestly about her knitting process. I loved that. In your video, I felt like I was with a comfortable longtime friend.
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Shetland is the most northerly group of Scottish islands. Apart from mainland Scotland, the other near neighbours are Norway to the east and the Faroe Islands to the north west.