About the Patterns
- All patterns use 100% Shetland wool. Shetland wool has special properties that make it hold its shape well after blocking. Use of alternative materials is not guaranteed to give the same results.
- Pattern pages are arranged to enable you to print just the pages you need, such as charts for just one size or to avoid using ink on photos.
- Knitting a tension (gauge) swatch is advisable for garments. Whenever the finished piece is to be knitted in the round the swatch must also be worked in the round.
- For some items (eg cushion covers) tension is not crucial.
- Circular knitting needles can be used. In some patterns, where stitch numbers decrease, short double pointed needles will be easier to use. This will be mentioned in the pattern.
- A maximum of 2 colours are used in one row.
- Colours are joined by knotting them together. My experience of using Shetland wool is that knotting and cutting the ends short is enough to stop the knitting unravelling.
- All patterns have been checked by a knitting technical editor, Stephanie Boardman. Any errata will be referred to her for re-checking and correcting, and the corrections will be posted on the website page for the pattern and the Ravelry group pages.
- Most items are seam free.
- There is a Hazel Tindall Ravelry group providing support for my designs. Announcements will be made about new designs, and any errata will be listed on the group pages. Please drop in and show off your finished projects, discuss yarn colour choices, and receive some help and encouragment.
- Every effort has been made to ensure the patterns are error free, but if you should find something incorrect, please contact me.
All patterns have the following:
- At least two photos.
- Notes to explain the pattern.
- Yarn suppliers.
- Yarn colour order codes.
- Where the pattern is designed to use up small amounts of yarn the minimum weight required is given.
- Knitting needle sizes.
- Additional materials or notions needed to complete the pattern.
- Tension – to achieve the tension given you may need to use larger or smaller needles.
- Instructions for increasing and decreasing.
- Finishing instructions.
- Detailed blocking instructions.
Some patterns also give:
- Knitting tips.
- Photos and yarn order codes for more than one colour option.
- Yarn order codes for two yarn suppliers.
- A chart for knitting a tension swatch.
- Instructions for using steeks.
- Additional photos to help explain instructions and techniques.
- Photos to show how using different colours makes a difference.
- Construction diagrams.
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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.