Original knitting patterns from Shetland

The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting 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 well 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.

Through this website, hazeltindall.com, 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" - this film is The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting. 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. 

50 tips from Shetland Knitters 50 tips from Shetland Knitters In 2017 a second film, with Elizabeth Johnston, called "50 tips from Shetland Knitters" was released. This is over 3 hours of information for knitters of all levels. We thought of all the things we usually get asked during workshops and added lots of other tips and techniques which knitters find useful.

Both are available as direct downloads and on DVDs from retailers in Shetland - The Shetland Times BookshopJamieson's of ShetlandJamieson & SmithShetland Museum and Archives.

 

Hazel's Blog

Colourbox cardigan, 2018

Colourbox cardigan, 2018

May 23, 2019

I have often made mention of Jamieson & Smith’s Colourbox challenge. J & S staff choose eight of their jumperweight colours and yarn users (knitters or crocheters) have to use at least five of them to create something. The colours are deliberately chosen so that they will not be really...

Choosing colours

Choosing colours

April 26, 2019

“How do you put colours together for Fair Isle knitting?” is one of the most common questions I get asked. Sometimes I go to either Jamiesons of Shetland or to Jamieson & Smith’s shop and choose several colours from their shelves, or I delve into my stash of Shetland wool witho...

Testimonials

Thanks for designing a beautiful pattern. I just love neat details - probably normal folk wouldn't even notice such wee things!

Phyllis Grant,
Hazel Tindall workshop, Dornoch Fibre Fest, March 2013

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.

Kate Babbitt,
Comment after watching "The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting with Shetland's Hazel Tindall" download

About Shetland

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.