50 Tips from Shetland Knitters


Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017


Shetland Wool Week Annual 2018


Fair Isle Style


150 Scandinavian Designs


The Magic of Shetland Lace


Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting


Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller


Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor


Fair Isle Knitting Patterns by Mary Macgregor


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50 Tips from Shetland Knitters

Shetlanders Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston have been knitting for many years, using the efficient knitting techniques perfected by generations of Shetlanders. Hazel knits and designs mainly Fair Isle, while Elizabeth spins, dyes, weaves, designs and knits both lace and fair isle.

The 3.5 hour 2-disc DVD includes:

  • casting on
  • how to hold yarns and needles
  • working edge stitches, and making stitches from edges
  • increasing and decreasing
  • two colour knitting and how to catch floats
  • joining pieces, including grafting, seaming and simple 3 needle bind off
  • joing yarn in plain, lace and fair isle
  • reading charts
  • thumbs, pockets, heels, fingers, buttonholes, using beads
  • fixing mistakes
  • finishing

Please note we cannot guarantee the DVD will play in an international DVD player - the advice we have is:

This is the problem of the USA having a different TV system (NTSC) compared with Europe (PAL). Many (but not all) DVD players and TVs handle this without you knowing, but at times it doesn’t happen. As we understand it, there is no way of predicting which players will handle the difference and which will not. If in doubt, the download option (available from Hazel's website) will be a better choice.

 

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Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017

he Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017 edition is packed with exclusive patterns, fascinating essays, interviews with top knitters and glorious photography take in Shetland’s historic capital, Lerwick. 

Patterns include:

SWW 2017 Patron Gudrun Johnston’s Bousta Beanie; Donna Smith’s Addie’s Scarf; Terri Malcolmson’s Triple Tone Circular Scarf; Wilma Malcolmson’s Vermeer Cushion; Outi Kater’s Rosepath Sweater; Ella Gordon’s Tveir Fingerless Mittens; Marie Wallin’s Fetlar Scarf; Elizabeth Johnston’s Shoormal Neck Shawl; Di Gilpin’s Geo Snood; Julia Billings’ Sea Thrift Mitts; Jen Arnall-Culliford’s Sumburgh Hat; Carol Christiansen’s Churchill Pattern.

Essays include Roslyn Chapman extraordinary stories of some historic Shetland knitters, all male; Douglas Sinclair writes about Shetlander Arthur Anderson who founded the P&O shipping line and championed the isles’ textile industry; a fascinating insight into Shetland knitwear designer Victoria Gibson whose career spans five decades; and Carol Christiansen on rooing, an almost lost method of producing the best wool for hand spinning.

Extraordinary illustrations, a selection of book reviews and some personal insights into the lives of the isles’ top knitters. The Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017 is available at £18, but get your copy quickly, it’s bound to be in short supply.

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Shetland Wool Week Annual 2018

The Shetland Wool Week Annual 2018, volume four, is packed with exclusive patterns and fascinating essays, against a backdrop of glorious photography which captures Shetland's rich and varied crofting landscape.

 

There are 13 patterns, which include:

 

SWW 2018 Patron Elizabeth Johnston’s Merrie Dancers Toorie; Alyssa Malcolmson's Tree Yoke Jumper; Outi Kater's Antidote Mittens; Ella Gordon's Einar Hat; Donna Smith's Foula Snood; Marjolein Reichert's Kliek Vest Cardigan; Tori Seierstad's Skalavag Mittens; Anne Eunson's Lunna Fingerless Mitts; Wilma Malcolmson's Atlantic Lace Hat and Fingerless Gloves; Marcia Galvin's Autumn Fingerless Mitts; Janette Budge's Clickimin Cowl; and Terri Malcolmson's Banksflooer Mitts.

Essays include Douglas Sinclair's insight into the lives of the women who worked at the Gutting during Lerwick's Herring Boom; Laurie Goodlad explores The Crofthouse Museum and uncovers what life was like in Shetland 150 years ago; Dorota Rychlik gives her personal account of rearing organic native Shetland sheep on the island of Vaila; an update on the Peerie Makkers Project; and Niela Nell Kalra shares her excitement about a creative project between young Shetland designers and the V&A Dundee.

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Fair Isle Style

Fair Isle Style is a book of projects to knit as well as a book about knitting the Fair Isle technique. This book offers a collection of patterns from a variety of established, rising, and new knitwear designers, and focuses on fresh, modern uses of color for today's knitters.

A Design Notebook rounds out the book, giving readers further ideas to use Fair Isle knitting. Delight in a modern look for a traditional technique with Fair Isle Style.

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150 Scandinavian Designs

For both experienced and beginner knitters, this is an inspirational collection of favourite motifs found in the traditional knitting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, including charming motifs of stars, hearts, flowers, leaping reindeer and dancers, as well as delightful geometric patterns, and more. Each motif is shown as a hand-knitted swatch, illustrated with clear, life-sized photographs and accompanied by easy-to-read colour charts, and a reverse colourway suggestion. With clear details on reading colour charts, and a full review of techniques for two-colour knitting, this book also gives advice on incorporating the Scandinavian motifs into a variety of different projects, allowing you to create unique designs. Includes guidance on choosing yarns, use of colour, and finishing techniques to help you hone your knitting skills and create stylish projects.

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The Magic of Shetland Lace

Stitches, techniques, and projects for lighter-than-air shawls and more. The ethereal beauty and intricacy of Shetland lace knitting might at first seem beyond the powers of the everyday knitter, but the skills needed are within the reach of everyone who can knit and purl, cast on, and bind off. The Magic of Shetland Lace is designed to take the novice knitter from their first "yarn over" step-by-step to complex every-row lace knitting. Organised by stitch and row count, the techniques are introduced with clear step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed photographs of knitted samples. The book presents all the essential skills you will need to master a wealth of traditional Shetland motifs, patterns, and insertions, including Cat's Paw, Candlelight, Horse Shoe, and many more. Includes suggestions for how to work different stitches into elegant and traditional Shetland Lace accessories such as scarves, hats, and shawls.

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Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle knitting needs no introduction. The long awaited reprint of this text is finally here!

 

 

The book features over 200 pages and more than 250 step-by-step photographs, drawings and charts, as well as detailed workshops in Colour, Pattern, Design and Technique, a 17-page library of charted Fair Isle patterns as well as instructions for more than 14 of the author's original garment designs.

The collection of patterns in this book include: "Border Pattern Gansey", "Child's Panel Gansey", "Allover Pattern Sweater", "Cotton Sweater", "Border Pattern Cardigan", "Child's Cardigan Set", "Oversize Panel Cardigan", "Wave Pattern Cardigan", Water Lily Jacket", "V-Neck Vest", "Long-line V-Neck Vest" and "Tammy, Mittens and Gloves Set".

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Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller

A completely revised and enlarged edition, presenting the lace knitting of the Shetland Isles in a clearly understandable form for both the everyday and expert knitter.

This is intended as an instructive guide, complete with an overview and history of Shetland lace. There are helpful explanations of technique, practical tips and useful information on design, and a comprehensive project section. The wide-ranging collection of charted patterns is carefully graded to suit the learner as well as the most experienced knitter interested in creating original yet traditional knitted lace.

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Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor

A treasury of over 70 pages of patterns that can be used for mittens, jerseys, jackets and hats. This beautiful book offers practical advice on designing garments and the use of colour to give valuable assistance to knitters who wish to create their own patterns and seek inspiration for an endless array of variations and adaptions. Long out of print, the republication offers a new generation of knitters a reliable resource in the traditional and much-loved style.

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Fair Isle Knitting Patterns by Mary Macgregor

A collection of reproductions of stencilled patterns from the 1930s, of Fair Isle patterns. Collected by Mary Macgregor from the work of Robert Williamson.

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