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Meet fairisle – the fisherman’s friend

BY MARK, MENSWEAR, HOME & ELECTRICALS EDITOR ON 22 OCT 2012 09:52 MEN'S FASHIONCOMMENTS

Fairisle

Once the fancy of Kings, fairisle is now the design of choice when it comes to warm, comfy clothing.

This style of jumper is rising in popularity and you cannot walk down the street or catwalk without seeing its influence.

Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands.

The growing popularity of duffle coats, cream cable knit jumpers, chunky woollen socks, stripy t-shirts, and rugged boots has seen sales soar.

Some of the best selling men’s fairisle items include a dark red fairisle knitted jumper by Rocha. John Rocha, green fairisle knitted jumper from St George by Duffer and Red Herring’s navy fairisle crew neck jumper.

So don’t delay, get to know the fisherman’s friend. It’s dropping anchor for a while.

Fair Isle knitting gained considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle tank tops in public in 1921.

Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, use only two colours per row, are worked in the round, and limit the length of a run of any particular colour.

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