With their intricate patterns and artisanal credentials, Fair Isle knits are both nostalgic and a sure hit for the coming season. Here’s our pick of the best
Although the vast majority of this knitwear is not actually made on Fair Isle, it’s still possible to buy authentic garments from local knitters. Bona fide Fair Isle knitter Mati Ventrillion is based on the island and knits to order (from £330), later this month, she launches Mak-Kist knit kits in traditional colours (£50), complete with driftwood knitting needles, to make your own wristband or ski hat, and her recent book, Knitting from Fairisle (£16.52), details the history of the intricate patterns and how to knit them.
Investing in a hand knit is a great way to support small businesses specialising in craftsmanship and artisanal skills. Family owned label, & Daughter, have a modern take on the traditional yoke style, which looks great worn over a midi dress or flat-fronted cropped trousers and hiking boots – see also Toast’s all-over pattern and seamless yoke versions.