Molly Goddard Bibi Vest Pink Fairisle, £400, mollygoddard.com

Trending: Fair Isle Knits

Fashion /


The jumper that goes out of style

This post may contain affiliate links. Learn more

It’s official: Fair Isle Knits are back on the sartorial map. Kate Middleton recently donned a Holland and Cooper Fair Isle Knit for a rare BBC TV appearance reading the children’s book, The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark for Children’s Mental Health Week – and we’re all here for the resurgence. Here’s the C&TH guide for everything you need to know about the humble Fair Isle knit. 

Kate Middleton wears a Holland and Cooper Fair Isle Jumper

Image courtesy: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge @KensingtonRoyal Twitter

Fair Isle Knits: A Guide for Spring 2022

In 1862, The Shetland Advertiser offered a ‘varied assortment of curiously knitted goods from the Fair Isle’. Some 159 years later and while only a few knitters remain on the island, the legacy of the Fair Isle knitters, and the styles they popularised, are going strong. 

Buy Local

While just a handful of Fair Isle crofters remain, supporting their work is not only important but a great way of investing in a piece you’ll treasure forever. Mati Ventrillon is a Fair Isle crofter and knits to order, or you can order one of her Mak-Kist knit kits to try and make your own. Marie Bruhat is a French Knitwear and Textile Designer living on the island using traditional Fair Isle knitted techniques. Elizabeth Riddiford also knits to order via an online order book. Learn more about local crafters at fairislebirdobs.co.uk.

Outside of the island itself, investing in a hand knit is a great opportunity to support a local business and local craftmanship. Check your local area for crafters or check out national family-run businesses like &Daughter.

Fair Isle Knits: Shop The Edit

Choose a Fair Isle knit from the above crafters you’ll keep forever or choose a cosy copycat from our edit for the season, below.

Photo 1 of
a woman wears a cream patterned Holland Cooper fair isle jumper

Kate Middleton wears the Holland and Cooper Jumper for her book reading for Children’s Mental Health Week.

Fairisle Knit, Cream, Holland and Cooper, £179, hollandandcooper.com

House of Bruar Ladies Shetland Fairisle Crew

House of Bruar Ladies Shetland Fairisle Crew, £89.95, houseofbruar.com

Brora X Troy Supersoft Lambswool Fair Isle Jumper

Brora X Troy Supersoft Lambswool Fair Isle Jumper, £220, broraonline.com

Molly Goddard Bibi Vest Pink Fairisle

Molly Goddard Bibi Vest Pink Fairisle, £400, mollygoddard.com

Farlows Irish Donegal Fairisle Knitted Jumper

Farlows Irish Donegal Fairisle Knitted Jumper, £139.99, farlows.co.uk

Toast Fair Isle Shetland Wool Sweater

Toast Fair Isle Shetland Wool Sweater, £185, toa.st

Madeleine Thompson Klosters Top

Madeleine Thompson Klosters Top, £310, madeleine-thompson.com

Loro Piana Fair Isle cashmere sweater

Loro Piana Fair Isle cashmere sweater, £412, theoutnet.com

Miu Miu Fair Isle alpaca sweater

Miu Miu Fair Isle alpaca sweater, £1,010, matchesfashion.com

Brora Wool Fair Isle Cardigan

Brora Wool Fair Isle Cardigan, £149, broraonline.com

Le Fetiche Iris Fair-Isle wool sleeveless sweater

Le Fetiche Iris Fair-Isle wool sleeveless sweater, £460, matchesfashion.com

Pictured: Molly Goddard Bibi Vest Pink Fairisle, £400, mollygoddard.com

Online vintage shopping destinations we love