Fair Isle print, the pattern reminiscent of all things wintery, is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands. Fair Isle knitting gained a considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) wore a Fair Isle sweater in public in 1921.
In my sophomore year of college, I owned a sweet fair isle sweater from American Eagle, and wore it all the time. Unfortunately, a few years later, I accidentally washed it in hot water and due to the wool content, the sweater shrank in the wash. Since then, I’ve been dedicated to replacing my fair isle sweater, but so far, I haven’t had much luck. It certainly doesn’t help that I have excluded wool sweaters from my fair isle sweater search, since most sweaters have some wool content. But I don’t think I really want to repeat my sweater-shrinking mistake.
Here are some of my favorite fair isle pieces:
For a sweater with some sparkle, this J. Crew sequined sweater is my absolute favorite!
Are you a fair isle fan?
Have a great week!