Shetland Wool Adventures volume 1

And, as always, 6 unique knitwear patterns, exclusively designed for Shetland Wool Adventures Journal readers. With illustrations and instructions to guide you.

For curious folk who long to wander these remote islands, but from their cosy sofa, steaming cup of tea in-hand.

Made by those who live, love and breathe Shetland.

Shetland has a magnetic pull. 

Inside Shetland Wool Adventures’ very first Journal, we look at the archipelago — not as a collection of rugged islands — but as a place some call ‘home’. A home for creative folk. A home for ancient traditions. And home to some incredibly resilient creatures.

Inside the Journal

Inside Volume 1, you’ll unearth

6 new knitting patterns, 3 local walks, 3 foodie articles inc. recipes, and 12 island stories, interviews, and some personal insights into the lives of the isles’ top knitters and craftspeople. 

Here are just a few of our favourites

New knitting patterns, photographed by Susan Molloy & illustrated Lorna Reid

  • Da Mirknen Mitts by Alison Rendall
  • Hesti Hat by Ella Gordon
  • Brough Shawl by Donna Smith
  • Muckle Roe Gloves by Julie Dennison
  • Nighthawk Skull Cap by Wilma Malcolmson
  • Storm Dennis Snood by Misa Hay & Marie Bruhat

For this volume’s patterns details please click here. 


One of our tour guides and an archaeologist, Deborah Lamb, breathes life into the stones.


Rhubarbaria: Hayley Anderton celebrates a book about a plant that grows plentifully in the isles 

Food for Thought: Marian Armitage speaks about the past, the present and the future of food in the isles.

Marian Armitage, James Martin of Peerie Shop Café, Wilma Malcolmson and Speldiburn Café share some favourite recipes with us.


Ronnie Eunson explains why organic Shetland wool is undergoing a major upsurge in demand.


Chris Dyer tells us why he and his wife moved to Shetland and have never looked back.


Going back to a time with Carol Christiansen, when woven cloth was finished in the sea around Shetland.


Three stunning walks through prehistoric terrain. Your guide is Gill Nadin, a passionate and accredited guide you may have met on one of our Shetland Wool Adventure tours. 

Journal reader from Fife, Scotland


Scotland has been a divided country for too long. I love that the Journal is so positive in a world that tends to be so negative about everything. It is refreshing and uplifting.

Even though Shetland is geographically small, the Journal feels open to inspiration and innovation and with a more open world view than anything you normally get reading anything else.

It seems to take someone with external in-built drive to push the envelope of what is possible here. The diversity makes the place a better place all round. Well done, Misa.”

"The Journal is positive, gentle and forward looking, even in an uncertain world on the edge of the world

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Escape to a wilder, windier world

The Journal is more than just something to keep your hands busy. 

Like the way that knitting helps you escape the busy-ness of your everyday life, you can flick through these pages to feel transported to a new environment. 

It’s a treasure trove of places to go, people to meet, food to eat, and walks to embark upon. 
Think of the Journal as your guidebook to Shetland. But with richer interviews and more intriguing historical articles. So you feel like you know the pace before setting foot on Shetland soil.

Kate Davies

Scotland based publisher & knitwear designer

“Substantial in every sense of the word, this publication is a truly beautiful thing – a purposeful and joyous celebration of so many of the things there are to love about Shetland.” 

Just a fleck of gold in the open ocean, the Northmost point of Scotland is so full of life. The atmospheric photography from Shetland will let you live vicariously through the eyes of our wonderful contributors, all having lived on the islands, past and present. You’ll feel like you’re on a knitwear shoot with us. Or standing on the edge of the cliffs, salt on the tip of your tongue.

Explore the vivid landscapes of Shetland without getting your socks soggy. 

Open up a window to colour

A true collectors’ item

Whether you want to dip in and out of our limited volumes, or read cover to cover as soon as it lands on your doorstep. 

It’s truly a smart and re-readable addition to your travel bookshelf or crafts corner.

Made with stiff FSC-certified grade paper, and printed in the UK. Just bigger than A5, it’s easy to pop into your bag, next to your needles on a long-journey. Or if you want to share it with your fellow stitchers, at your next Knitting Circle meet-up (as long as they promise to give it back). 


Journal reader from Stamford, Connecticut 

“I keep all my issues in a basket I can easily grab for reference. I pour through them all the time. I may not read everything all at once, but I always go back to the basket.  

I keep them for the patterns and as a Shetland reference and look at them over and over and over again. They're timeless and inspiring.”


Journal reader from Calgary, Canada

"I worked in printing/graphic arts/typography in a previous life and I still like a freshly printed hard copy publication. The first thing I do is take a deep inhale of a freshly printed page - I love the smell of paper and ink! I appreciated your design aesthetic and the journals are beautifully produced.

The Journal is a wonderful way to sustain my love of all things Shetland. There is something magical about the place that you capture beautifully in the Journal."

For UK readers, your first (or next) volume will be dropping onto your doormat in 10 working days. 

Or if we’ve got a new volume in the works and available to pre-order, you’ll get your copy popped into the post to you, as soon as it’s back from the printers. 


Purchase a paper volume through our website and you’ll also get the a digital version of the patterns emailed to you for free. 

No need to bruise your copy — print your knitting patterns for greater manoeuvrability, you can make sure your paper copy stays looking smart on your bookshelf.

No Bruises Bonus

You can revive the colours of Shetland, even through the wind and rain.

A celebration of all things Shetland, through the eyes of a Shetlander. Plus…

A wonderful addition to your crafts bookshelf or travel library

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