Book and DVD Review: Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters and 50 Tips from Shetland Knitters

It's a Shetland fiesta here this morning at A-C Knitwear Towers! My love of Shetland and its incredible knitting heritage, along with the wonderful wildlife, has been mentioned a few times here over the years. Today's post covers the new book from the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers, Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Volume 1, and the fantastic DVD, 50 Tips from Shetland Knitters, produced by Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston

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Hamegaet by Hazel Tindall

This lovely pre-launch period of sharing a hap a day is drawing to a close, with today's and just two more designs remaining. Today's beautiful Hamegaet Wrap by Hazel Tindall is shared in detail over on Kate's blog: Hamegaet by Hazel Tindall

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Hazel's design features lovely Fair Isle shoulder panels, from which the body stitches are picked up and worked downwards. This is the book's only 3-dimensional design, with a lovely shoulder capelet / wrap shape. The perfect garment to keep the chill off your shoulders!

This design uses charts for the colourwork, and written instructions for the remainder of the pattern. The texture is a simple to work, but very effective stitch pattern.

It is now the half-term holidays in the UK, so I have my hands full with the children for the week. The last two designs will both be introduced over on Kate's blog, so do be sure to pop over them and read all about Hélène's and Martina's gorgeous haps! Jim and I have been working hard behind the scenes to get some short videos ready for publication on our YouTube channel - and we will of course post them here too. In the meantime, have a great week! Happy knitting!

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