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, the late Stella Sutherland. This is now available as a direct download and on DVD from retailers in Shetland - The Shetland Times Bookshop, Jamieson's of Shetland, Jamieson & Smith, Shetland Museum and Archives.
After a recent blog I was asked to explain the word 'lumbercoat'. A lumbercoat is, traditionally in my part of Shetland, a front opening garment for the top of a body which fastens up to a round neck. I seem to think only women wore lumbercoats for I don't think I ever heard that term used in associ...
Whalsay Heritage Centre is one of the places I try to visit at least once every summer. Getting to Whalsay means a short drive then a trip on the roll-on roll-off ferry. As I was going just to visit the Heritage Centre I crossed as a foot passenger and walked to the Centre. I was glad I didn't ...
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.
Iím in awe. The tips alone are worth the £5 cost. I donít think Iíve seen a better neck shape on a stranded garment. Having the 6 colour choices is just the cherry on the cake really.
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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.