Happy Wednesday loves, this week is going to be a doozy. It’s getting quite a bit colder, but hoping it will be much warmer as we head to New Hampshire this weekend make sure to watch my instastory to see what we are up to. I’ve fallen in love with Fair Isle patterns this season. I’ve always seen them but didn’t know exactly what the pattern was called. Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors.
IT’S HISTORY: It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands. (seeing that my husband is part Scottish I love it even more now). I remember being drawn to sweaters like this when I was in college and appreciated the intricate patterns and various colors that laid out so pretty. The simplest pattern uses circular or double pointed needles, cast on any number of stitches. Traditional Fair Isle patterns normally had no more than two or three consecutive stitches of any given colour, because they were stranded, and too many consecutive stitches of one colour means a very long strand of the other, quite easy to catch with a finger or button. A more modern variation is woven Fair Isle, where the unused strand is held in slightly different positions relative to the needles and thereby woven into the fabric, still invisible from the front, but trapped closely against the back of the piece. This permits a nearly limitless variety of patterns with considerably larger blocks of colour. The colors can be as simple as black, white and gray to a plethora of colors covering the rainbow spectrum.
Although there are sweaters with the pattern all over, which is still very pretty, I prefer the ones where the pattern is beautifully focused around the chest area. It’s a classic style sweater that I think any fashionista should add to her wardrobe. You can dress a fair isle sweater up or down. Anything goes. Speaking of patterns, check out this simple one on the scarf in this blog post.
Do you love this sweater pattern as much as I do?
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