Original knitting patterns from Shetland

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 accurately 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 over 50 years since I knitted my first cardigan for myself, and nearly 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.

Over the past months I have been recorded, by DJ Film & Sound, as I knitted a Fair Isle cardigan. This will soon be available as a DVD. Please email hazel@hazeltindall.com if you want to know when it is ready.

Hazel's Blog

A conversation with Felicity Ford

A conversation with Felicity Ford

April 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Felicity Ford for the first time when she visited Shetland in summer 2013. I was at a 'Meet the Makers' session at Shetland Textile Festival. I clearly remember her big smile and asking her about her fabulous jumper which is decorated with recording symbols and has cust...

Slyde cardigan

Slyde cardigan

April 8, 2014

Late last year I was asked if I could write an article and a knitting pattern for Knitting Traditions Magazine, spring 2014. I had previously researched my mother's diaries for the 1960s looking specifically for references to knitting, which she hated but had to do to pay the bills. I used these dia...


I think that the most enjoyable few hours knitting I've ever had was the afternoon I spent last Wednesday with Hazel Tindall at the Braewick Cafe.

Kate Davies,
Shetland Wool Week, October 2011

I was able to do a workshop with Hazel and Maristi is the project I started and finished at home. I was so pleased with my cushion and never having done fairisle this was a new adventure as I am not a very experienced knitter. But I did it and have been so pleased with my project and want to do more.

Gill, Nairn, Scotland (www.artisanthreads.co.uk),
Message on Ravelry (artisanthreads), 31 March 2013


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About Shetland


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.