Fair Isle sweaters

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by GateXC, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. AlanC

    AlanC My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    ^Those 'real deal' sweaters are great. I ought to commission one. Unless the knitters are supported the art will die out.

    In the meantime, here are the two I have in the Fair Isle style. First is one I thrifted, older, and sold originally through a higher end men's store in Birmingham, Alabama. Although tagged a large, I can barely wear the thing. I've not measured but it's probably got a 40" chest:

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    And I just bought this J Crew version, from their Fall '08 collection:

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  2. Brummagem Joe

    Brummagem Joe Familiar Face

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    For a shortcut go to Brooks Bros. Their autumn/winter offering includes a couple of good looking, muted authentic fair isles of which Jeeves would wholeheartledly approve. Definitely not Mr Freddie "he's a riot" Flowerdew stying. They cost about $90 as I recall
     
  3. Creeping Past

    Creeping Past One Too Many

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    Why not give your sweater money to Shetland Knitwear and ensure that even more of your money goes directly to the knitters?
     
  4. vonwotan

    vonwotan Practically Family

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    I did look at several other vendors but only Thistle & Broom were willing to make things in my size. Unfortunately, I am very difficult to fit. Do you know for certain that Anderson pays more? My understanding is that Thistle & Broom paid the weavers more than others. One friend suggested that this was significantly more than some of the buyers for companies selling these same garments in standard sizes.

    I would love to learn more about the Shetland wool and Fair Isle weaving industries. I am working my way through The Islanders and the Orb by Janet Hunter. It is a history of the Harris Tweed Industry. The next time I visit our friends in Scotland I will have to visit each of these areas.

    Cheers

     
  5. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    Man, do I love that sweater. Do they show up very often?
     
  6. AntonAAK

    AntonAAK Practically Family

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  7. Creeping Past

    Creeping Past One Too Many

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    I like the idea of a 'real deal' Fair Isle sweater. My Scottish grannie who was an expert Fair Isle knitter would've laughed herself silly about that. ;)
     
  8. davidraphael

    davidraphael Practically Family

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    Even though I'm often in the UK I'm still having problems finding a vintage style fair-isle sweater.

    There are vintage patterns available, of course, but who has the time or the know-how?

    If anyone wants to sell/trade a large fair-isle tank top, get in touch!!

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    EDIT: Holy Crap! I just realised that the model in the last knitting pattern is ROGER MOORE!
    I did some research and he did indeed model for knitwear back in the early 1950s!
     
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  9. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

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    Wow, all gorgeous. I've posted pics of my Fair Isle pull over (from Thistle and Broom, knit on the isle of Barra, right next door to Fair Isle). The only problem I have with it is that the neck is rather high. And since I'm always going in and out of my shirt pocket with my glasses, the V of the neck has started to unravel. I've been looking everywhere for someone who can fix this properly. In the mean time it's sitting on the shelf. I cannot tell you how many compliments I've had about it.
     
  10. W-D Forties

    W-D Forties Practically Family

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    I haven't read the whole thread so I don't know if any one has mentioned this before, but I would highly reccomend NorNova This is a co-op in Shetland that hand knits Shetland jumpers and tank tops to order. I like to think of them as 'knitted by Nanas'.

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rc...zNHnBA&usg=AFQjCNGTo2xJPxIE_S8sejshwbV8oIPmMA


    You contact them and give them an idea of what you want and off they go. My other half specified the range of colours he wanted and got a superb tank top knitted for the fairly ridiculous price of £42! The quality is superb too.
     
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  11. Doc Average

    Doc Average One of the Regulars

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    Aero have just introduced a line of these in their knitwear section. They're hand made in small numbers and the sizes are a bit random as a result. They're nice though, so check them out!

    http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com/product-detail.php?id=682
     
  12. Ay329

    Ay329 New in Town

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    Aeroclothing has a few interesting Harris tweed sweaters and some fair isle sweaters (I'm in the process of seeing if they take custom orders)


    http://www.fairisleknitwear.co.uk/ Is the only knitter actually on Fair Isle that is currently taking custom orders.

    Every other knitter, including Thistle & Broom or Louis Irvine, are based in the Shetland Islands.

    Anyone know which factory knitter does Drake's use?
     
  13. kwitie

    kwitie New in Town

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    Different group of Islands. Barra is right on the south of the Western Isles.
     
  14. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

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  15. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

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    Wow, you're absolutely right. I have to review what I was told about which island was which by the seller, Thistle and Broom. But they certainly are far apart, aren't they? Anyway, I still love my sweater. Only problem with it is that the neck is very shallow. Since I'm continuously taking glasses out of my shirt pocket and putting them back in, the neck has become a little unravelled, and now I'm afraid to wear it for fear of making it worse.
     
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  17. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    this particular fair ilse pattern is irrepressible !

    here it is on the cover of the original 1940s knitting booklet (the image is hand tinted):

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    here is a 1940s hand knitted version of the above i found in a vintage shop in London several years ago:

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    here is Koji Norihide, the designer behind 'Haversack' a vintage inspired clothing label, wearing his:

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    and here's a sample of Ralph Lauren's Autumn-Winter 2012 collection:

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  18. herringbonekid

    herringbonekid I'll Lock Up

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    ...and here's another, the same pattern in different colours with additional stripes around neck and arm-holes. found with the one above.


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  19. Mrs Chaddsley_Corbett

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    An amazing look could you not have airbrushed out the location?
     
  20. VintageBaroness

    VintageBaroness One of the Regulars

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