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Rare Very Limited Edition Hand Knitted Fair Isle Sweaters

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Please scroll along the picture strip to see all available colourways in the size they are available.  Number and sizing listed below each picture for ordering.

These rare sleeveless V neck Fair Isle pullovers are all hand knitted in the round with three or four needles and no side seams and, of course knitted in The Far North of Scotland using Shetland Wool.

This is the very last few of these we'll ever have

Five of these rare and unique pullovers have just been discovered in a stockroom over haul. We used to have a team of FairIsle handkitters whose patterns were handed down by word of mouth rather than written.

There are few more poignant reminders of the knitwear popular during 1940s and 1950s than an original hand knitted Fair Isle, the bright colours lifting the spirits in the darkest days of WW2.

Hand knitting became a popular part of the War effort. Often the womenfolk whiled away the tedious evenings of the 'black-out' gathered around a peat fire listening to the radio and knitting sweaters, socks, mittens, scarves and balaclavas for the troops, for their children and for themselves. This was entirely in keeping with the Utility aims of absolute economy of raw materials and labour. Knitting, however, like patching, darning and mending, was time consuming, requiring patience and skill, and the art has gradually disappeared although we have managed to find one or two knitters still producing hand knitted Fair Isle pullovers using patterns handed down from generation to generation.

To place an order please chose a pullover by scrolling along the picture bar above and order your choice from those available in your size. Unfortunately we cannot accept order for a size/colour combination not shown above as our knitters can only work with the wool that is available at the time of knitting.

Please check our current  range of machine knitted Scottish Fair Isles.