Fair isle is a traditional knitting technique where patterns are created in multiple colors. Think back to your drunk uncle asleep in the recliner this past holiday season in his crazy colorful sweater or your coworker who always felt compelled to wear something festive to the company Christmas party. In the past, the look has invoked those images in the minds of many but this winter fair isle has been revamped for a younger generation.
The knitting technique was named after Fair Isle an island off the coast of Scotland and gained popularity when the Prince of Wales wore the knit in public in 1921. Usually the pattern is made up from about five colors making a pattern around the breast of the sweater. Rock you fair isle shawl sweater under a navy collegiate blazer or pair a fair isle cardigan with a pair of corduroys and desert boots. However you rock it keep it up to date.
Prince of Wales Fair Isle 1920s
Ralph Lauren Fair Isle V-Neck with Pockets ($398)
Sean John Side Button Fair Isle Crew Neck ($88)
Ralph Lauren Rugby Skull Crew $128
Diesel Kennel x Shawl Cardigan ($220)
Burberry Prorsum Fair Isle Crew ($455)