As I sit in my cosy kitchen, looking out at the first frost of the season, I know it won’t be long before I am reaching for my favourite woollen jumpers, hats and mitts. Looking for as many layers to keep the cold out as I explore the blustery landscape.
I know for many Shetlanders and people all over the world, the winter months are a quiet time to cosy up round the fire and knit woolly warmers for themselves or their loved ones. Which is why I am so excited to share the incredible Fair Isle knitting patterns in the latest Volume of Shetland Wool Adventures. I hope these bring you joy and warmth during the colder months, both while knitting and wearing what I can only call “beautiful works of art”.
So if you are looking for the perfect winter craft project (and read), the latest Shetland Wool Adventures Journal features beautiful Fair Isle knitting patterns and photography. You can also escape, from the comfort of your armchair and enjoy some local walks, interesting stories, interviews, recipes and some personal insights into the lives of Shetland’s top knitters and craftspeople.
Shetland is a beautiful and inspiring place and the Journal aims to bring a little piece of our magical isles to your home.
Take a peek inside for beautiful Fair Isle Knitting Patterns, waiting for you!
Greta Slipover by Outi Kater
A traditional Shetland stitch pattern has been adapted for this loose-fitting stranded colourwork slipover design, which is knitted with rich jewel tones of green, heathery brown and golden orange. The colours were inspired by the colour palettes of the 1930s and 40s. Though designed for women, this slipover would also work well as a unisex garment.
Fitchen Mitts by Ella Gordon
A bright and cheery pair of fingerless mitts, starting with a twisted and graduated coloured rib. They use five shades of Shetland wool: follow Ella’s choices or put together your own! The motifs come from a cut section of a jumper given to Ella by her friends in the charity shop, as they knew she would be inspired by it.
Noness Beret by Emily Poleson – Using traditional Fair Isle colourwork patterns
Noness is where Emily’s mother grew up, on a croft at the South Mainland of Shetland. Its headland once had a lighthouse (relocated to Mousa), which some of her forebears manned. In one colourway of this beret, Emily used green and pale blues, to echo our annual summer outings there as she recollects seeing the lovely greens in fields and blues in the sky, spending time with relatives and sauntering the coastline. The darker colourway is inspired by a painting by Ruth Brownlee, of the sea and sky nearby Noness during a winter sunset. Even though there winters in Shetland are long, we often see intense colours in afternoon sunsets which Emily has attempted to capture here, copying Ruth’s painting with the glorious array of Shetland wool colours we have available. Emily’s love of Shetland landscapes reflects through her work and for the berets she has used traditional Fair Isle colourwork patterns.
Storm Dennis Mitts by Marie Bruhat – a knitting pattern inspired by the storm that hit Fair Isle in 2020
Storm Dennis came to Fair Isle in February 2020 during one of Marie’s knitting holidays, inspiring Misa Hay to create this intense colourway, which she based on classic Fair Isle motifs. Marie has adapted the eye-catching design into this elegant pair of mitts. To keep your wrists lovely and warm, they extend well up your arm, and have a simple opening for the thumb.
Garment illustrations by Lorna Reid
Photo location Lerwick
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