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The Fair Isle Sweater | THE Original Christmas Sweater | Boyfriend Sweater

Updated on December 15, 2014

Who calls them Ugly Sweaters?

Not only are Fair Isle Sweaters THE Original Christmas Sweaters. Fair Isle Sweaters are beautiful and Unique knitted sweaters and jerseys, which make great presents for men and woman. A collection of superb design and quality, These are the ideal, fashion piece for men and woman this Winter Season.

Luckily for us, and you (yes, my mother does buy me one too) they are back in fashion! I have never been so happy. We know that no Christmas would be the same without THE Original Christmas Sweater. Over the years it has become a talking point round many a dinner Table.

I never knew how my mum managed to get hold of these fine patterned sweaters, I honestly thought they were my grans! I do love them because they are warm and cozy, and now I can wear mine with style and pride.

Oh no, I have not forgot my husband.

I have not only found a great selection of womans, but mens too, making them not just a wonderful Christmas present, in fact, anytime of year, present.

Even the stars are out wearing it, Rihanna seen here, Victoria Beckham, Diane Kruger JLo have all jumped on this warm and cozy retro fashion style. So start a fire in the hearth, heat up some spicy mulled wine put on your Fair Isle Jumper and cozy up - you know you want to.

Photo Credits Used in assosiation with @FairIsleSweaters.com

Get the Fair Isle Look

Columbia Womens Enchanted Fairsle Sweater, Grill, Large
Columbia Womens Enchanted Fairsle Sweater, Grill, Large

Just check this classic winter sweater that is tapered and body skimming to reveal your feminine figure, knitted from a toasty blend of acrylic, wool and alpaca for a warm wearing winter staple that feels as good as it looks. ribbed cuffs, hem and collar add durability and textural interest while a subtle fairisle pattern across the chest recalls the heritage of a traditional but timeless aesthetic. thick enough to block the winter chill but

 

Fair Isle knitting Technique

That the Celebs are desperate for

Would you ever have thought that wearing a colorful Fair Isle sweater with patterns on the chest/yoke area, wearing with blue denims could look so good. Jennifer Lopez get in on the fashion statement whilst taking her family to Disney Land.

Fair Isle sweaters are most fashionable during winter season. It is thicker and most ideal for really cold climates. The pattern really frames your face too.

The Fair Isle knitting technique originated on a Small Island in Scotland just off of Orkney and the Shetland Isles, and was made to keep the fishermen warm whilst at sea, you can also get socks, gloves and hats made in the fair Isle technique.

This knitting technique uses 2 or more colours, against a plain background, the pattern repeats itself throughout the garment, either vertically or horizontially. Initially the pattern would have ran all the way through the garment however these days, it is used in a variety of ways, perhaps just at the cuffs or neck, whilst the main part of the garment stays on colour.

The yarn used is very dense (heavy weight) and this makes it so cozy and warm.

Photo Credit Used in assosiation with @FairIsleSweater.com

kensie Women's Fair Isle Cardigan, Buff Combo, Small
kensie Women's Fair Isle Cardigan, Buff Combo, Small

This years Hottest FairIsle Long Length Cardigan

 

Warm and Cozy Cardigans - follow the Fair Isle trend

kensie Womens Fair Isle Cardigan, Maroon Multi, Medium
kensie Womens Fair Isle Cardigan, Maroon Multi, Medium

This cardigan is featured in various magazines and worn and favourited by Oprah. Novelty detail throughout the cardigan. drapey collar, black trim detail.

The best feature of this Cardigan is it is machine washable!

 

Womans Fair Isle Cardigan - Fair Isle Traditional but Very Modern Knitwear

This is a modern twist on the Traditional Technique. FairIsle keeps coming back in season, winter after winter. This is a great buy to have and wear again and again ....

This is gorgeous Long sleeve open cardigan with textured knit along the waist

Fair Isle Socks and Gloves

Keep your feet and hands cozy and warm, with these adorable socks and gloves Made popular by the fishermen as the wmoan would make them using up all the scraps of wool, and create awesome designs, but more importantly creatingthick socks for their husbands who wen tout to sea.

mens winter fashion
mens winter fashion

Making the Fair Isle trendy for men.

Team with a hoody underneath for that smart on the street casul look. You can wear it up town or downtown, and you cannot say it is not a hot look for your man.

You can see other winter fashion ideas over here

@ Mens Winter Fashion

Mens stylish sweaters

A huge range of classic designs quality and great priced too

FREE fairisle knitting patterns

Mini Mochi Fair Isle Hat & Mittens

this is gorgeous and a great easy pattern to follow @

Mini Mochi Knitting Patterns

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Mini Mochi Knitting Patterns

Did You Know! Knitting The Fair Isle Pattern - ....hours of work to create these works of art.

An online writer and friend of mine 2muchtrashl eft a comment on this page and I thought it really should be noted, as she raised a very good point.

She has this to say about Fair Isle knitting Patterns

"I wonder if people would be so scathing about fairisle if they knew the work that goes into knitting it. As a knitter, I know the hours of work involved. Fairisle is a great way to make a sweater when you don't have enough of the main colour. A border at the neck and/or above the sleeve cuffs can be just the ticket for making a sweater (jersey where I come from) something original. Intarsia knitting is also fascinating, but I don't have much patience for it. As a rule, when I knit (as I used to for a tourist shop) I would knit Aran sweaters from all natural 100% New Zealand wool, which is absolutely beautiful to knit with. Also, alpaca which is my absolute favorite yarn to knit with because it is so warm and soft and slides through my fingers easily when I knit it. The result is absolutely gorgeous."

So are you ready to tackle the Fairl Isle pattern?

Do you like these styles? - Tell me what you think, and your style ideas

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I adore fair isle knitting. Someday when all my kids are grown I shall knit an Alice Starmore sweater. Until then, I do simpler projects like seamless yoke sweaters, socks, and scarves.

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      nightbear lm 

      5 years ago

      I used to love knitting Fair Isle, but I have to say the adult onsie on this page is awesome. Great for around the house lounging and not just winter. We keep the house cool in summer so a little fair isle onsie would hit the spot. great page.

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      CoeGurl 

      5 years ago from USA

      I love these sweaters. My favorite are those Fair Isle cardigans. It gets very cold here in the winter and now I'm thinking I need some Fair Isle socks, too! : )

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      C A Chancellor 

      5 years ago from US/TN

      I have one fair isle sweater and really like it. :-)

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      miaponzo 

      5 years ago

      This is my favorite style of sweater.... I used to have tons of these.. but here in Kuwait it's mostly super hot.. so not much need for a sweater good for cold snowy weather..but I still adore them! They are just absolutely beautiful! Blessed!

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      Blackspaniel1 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I don't think they are ugly at all, the isle sweaters look quite trendy.

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      AJ 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. Good for at home, but I guess if JLo can wear one out anybody can!

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      ideadesigns 

      6 years ago

      These are so awesome. I really didn't know about this style of sweater's popularity, so thanks for sharing.

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      Sue Dixon 

      6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I knitted a lovely one for myself years ag0 - light brown with a pink pattern! Wished I'd kept it!. Blessed- thanks for the memories.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These sweaters are beautiful! I had heard of Fair Isle sweaters but didn't realize there were so many designs!

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      mesnpx 

      6 years ago

      Good lens of mens cardigan, Each and every point is good enough. Thanks for sharing with us your wisdom of mens cardigan.

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      seosmm 

      6 years ago

      Great info. Very nice lens!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      In the days when I used to knit I would knit some Fair Isle :)

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      These scarves and sweaters would make great Christmas gifts.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just love these sweaters. We have done away with winter things now that we go somewhere warm but used these before and they're just feel good to the skin.

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      mesnpx 

      6 years ago

      mens cardigan

      love these Christmas Sweaters

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      TapIn2U 

      6 years ago

      So nice and neat. I like them! Sundae ;-)

    • LeCordonDude profile image

      LeCordonDude 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: WOW you really knitted these? Knitting is so cool! Props to you! ^o^

    • LeCordonDude profile image

      LeCordonDude 

      6 years ago

      If you want to destroy my sweater!! by weezer, I was thinking about that while checking out these fabulous sweaters and this fabulous lens

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      Kevin Wilson 2 

      6 years ago

      I still have a Fair Isle sweater I knitted when I was 17. It's a bit small for me now :) I just started knitting again, in a class today using the Continental method... so much faster and more elegant than the way I learned!

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      katiecolette 

      6 years ago

      The Fair Isle Cardigans look really neat.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love fair Isle designs, and used to make up my own years ago, but they do take a lot of concentration and effort to knit, though of course if there is not too much design on them, it isn't that difficult. Thank you for sharing this interesting information with us.

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      CruiseReady 

      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Thank yo for introducing me to Fair isle sweaters. I think I might like them.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Your Fair Isle sweaters are beautiful...one could put together a lovely matching ensemble along with the hat, mittens, gloves, hats and socks as a lovely gift for yourself or someone special.

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      Kevin Wilson 2 

      7 years ago

      I knitted a Fair Isle sweater when I was a teen. My daughter is still wearing it - and the yarn came originally from pulling apart an old wool sweater of my grandmother's, so it's certainly wearing well!

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      Love them and great knitting style. Blessed by this angel

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      I certainly like them; they feel warm and cozy. Very nice and resourceful lens.

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      Carmel Aaron 

      7 years ago

      Great way of promoting these sweaters-nothing warmer or more cuddly during the winter.

      Thumbs up...

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      knit1tat2 

      7 years ago

      Yup, and I've knit a few designs, love it so much!

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      guitaristic 

      7 years ago

      Yes, really nice! Congrats on the lens

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Have always loved them- they never go out of style

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      Cynthia Davis 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      These sweaters are lovely and look cozy as all heck.

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      Justjanices 

      7 years ago

      They certainly are unique. I like them.

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      mivvy 

      7 years ago

      I once knitted a fair isle jumper, but our cat started palying with the wool. The rseult was disastrous and I never finished that jumper

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      These are so lovely. I had one as a child many years ago! Nice to see they are back in style.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I wonder if people would be so scathing about fairisle if they knew the work that goes into knitting it. As a knitter, I know the hours of work involved. Fairisle is a great way to make a sweater when you don't have enough of the main colour. A border at the neck and/or above the sleeve cuffs can be just the ticket for making a sweater (jersey where I come from) something original. Intarsia knitting is also fascinating, but I don't have much patience for it. As a rule, when I knit (as I used to for a tourist shop) I would knit Aran sweaters from all natural 100% New Zealand wool, which is absolutely beautiful to knit with. Also, alpaca which is my absolute favorite yarn to knit with because it is so warm and soft and slides through my fingers easily when I knit it. The result is absolutely gorgeous. Great lens, Lisa!

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      So fair isle is making a come back. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      JulietJohnson 

      7 years ago

      I had so many of these when I was growing up. And every summer, visiting my grandparents in Scotland, my mother and i would pick out the next year's one in a bigger size... until that horrible moment when bigger didn't mean taller but... well, you can imagine!!

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      lovelylashes 

      7 years ago

      I had no idea that this style had a name. I just thought it was...well, an ugly Christmas sweater. Now they seem a bit cuter!

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      DecoratingEvents 

      7 years ago

      I love them! Warm too! Nice collection you put together Lisa.

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love these, too. :)

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      CofCJenny LM 

      7 years ago

      I love these! Not ugly at all!...maybe a little dorky... ;-)

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      julieannbrady 

      7 years ago

      Yes I do ... there is no such thing as an "ugly Christmas sweater" Virginia!

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      Loretta 

      7 years ago from United States

      lensrolling to my ugly christmas sweater lens ;-)

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      norma-holt 

      7 years ago

      Yes, beautiful patterns. My mum made favoriles jumpers for my father and I have knitted one for myself. Great lens

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      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I had some very much like these. I need to dig around in the cedar chest before winter.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Ah yes, I've had many Fair Isle sweaters (and hats) in my time! You've found a great selection here.

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      Jeremy 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love it when the things I wear anyway come into style. I recently read (through my black rimmed geek glasses) another lens about black rimmed geek glasses now being cool. Blessed.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      Knitting with the fair isle technique is super fun. It is always popular in the knitting community because it is a great way to show off your skills! :)

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