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A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book


You have probably seen this book if like us you love anything related to Fair Isle, Knitting and Shetland! Published by The Shetland Times and compiled by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book in Colour is a bright and inspiring book – perfect for this dark and dreary time of year. It was released just in time for Wool Week this year and since then it has been selling like hot cakes, everytime I went to do a blog it would be sold out!


As things calm down though its a lovely book to look through. It is filled with hand coloured motif’s for Fair Isle knitting, the originals of the notebooks belonged to Bill Henry who ran the Hosiery side of Anderson & Co in the mid 20th century. They were most likely used by knitters to put together pattern to put on items to sell.


The idea of the notebooks themselves is not unusual, Shetland knitters have many self drafted pattern books but what makes this one unusual is the coloured aspect, it is very common to see the black and white dotted kind you see in many Fair Isle books like Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor, Alice Starmores Book of Fair Isle Knitting and Fair Isle Knitting Patterns by Mary MacGregor. Those kind of graph books are invaluable also because they help you to put together patterns without being distracted by the colours but this book is a feast for the eyes if you like Fair Isle and Stranded knitting.


It’s very tempting to gather up colours and try to match them up…


2ply Jumper Weight l-r: 77, 1403, 66, 1, fc15 and 34


greens: 34 and FC11, blue: FC15 and FC47, cream: 1 and 202, yellow: 66 and 121, reds: 1403 and FC55, black: 77 and 81.

The yarn on the right-hand side is the same kind of shades as the ones on the left for the pattern in the previous picture but it would give you a more subtle version of the pattern. That’s another fun part of putting colours together, you can adapt it until it is more your kind of shades.


Shetland Heritage Naturals l-r: white, fawn, light grey, moorit and black


2ply Jumper Weight l-r: 1403, 23, 21, FC15 and 202

We have the book in stock just now and it costs £20.00. It would make a great present for anyone interested in Shetland Knitting, the historical aspect is just as interesting as the colour inspirations!


7 Comments Post a comment
  1. It was exciting to receive my copy and delighted to see the hand-colored charts. I love using color pencils and (graph paper (for knitting) to play with designs and color combinations. Very inspiring!

    November 25, 2016
  2. catdownunder #

    Wail! It’s out of stock again!

    November 25, 2016
  3. Too bad, I just noticed but it is not available any more. Any chance of a reprint?

    December 26, 2016
  4. Anderea #

    HI ,
    I love this book brought it over the holidays. This post is great for color ideas but is there a tip as to segmenting these motifs as to repeats so it can be worked with a number of stitches?

    February 24, 2017
  5. Hi Anderea, there’s not really an easy way to do it except counting and making a note of the repeat. The more you do it the easily it will be to see when it does it, thanks!

    February 27, 2017
  6. Anderea #

    Thank you for your response. I will give it a whirl

    March 2, 2017
  7. Lenore #

    Can it used to crochet these patterns please.

    January 10, 2020

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