14 Oct 2021

Country Style In Our “Fair Isle”

Country Style In Our Fair Isle on vickiarcher.com

A weekend in the country means a wardrobe shift?
Except it doesn’t, anymore.

Fashion, like a tumble drier, is whirling and twirling and turning everything upside down. Fairisle and cable knits are showing as high fashion – worn with not only the jeans and sweats but also with the best of the best.

Anything can be worn together if we have the style and confidence to choose wisely. Unusual combinations can be the most natural reconciliations of all but if done half-heartedly or without care, a wardrobe disaster.

Take Fair Isle or the cable knit style of sweater.

It requires a few simple decisions.

Do you prefer a sweater or a cardigan? Button-ups can act as jackets and make brilliant, layered pieces. I have always loved a cardigan beneath a puffer or overcoat.

** This puffer, mine arrived and it’s fabulous, is a super bargain. It’s over-sized so to avoid bulk, go one size down.

How heavy should the knit be? Thinking lifestyle and comfort here.

Colourful or a simpler pattern like a black and white?

How much pattern? Maybe the sleeves are enough; a taste of the ornate can be enough for some.

I’m thinking my Fairisle sweater will travel from London to the countryside very happily. xv

What’s New?

This week’s Fairisle EDIT is up now.

P.S Think about pairing Fair Isle sweaters and button-ups with camel skirts or pants – most colours work beautifully together.

image taken at the beautiful store, Cutter Brooks in Stow on the Wold

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Hi Vicki –
Such a stunning table setting – the leaves/flowers are awesome.
Bulgarian china perhaps? Seems to be popular at present.
I like the puffers but feel they definitely add ‘puffiness’ lol! I’m trying to look slimmer.
Sweaters are my downfall and I have too many but, like coats, we don’t get enough cold days to wear them often until the real winter months arrive – here in the southeast that’s usually Jan/Feb/Mar. Grew up in Fair Isle ‘jumpers’, usually hand knitted by family members – they all knitted so beautifully back then! Heatwave here right now, back up in the 80’s and the sweaters though out of storage are not being worn yet!
Hope life is good in London – we had to cancel our trip home to Devon again in Sept. Just too much to deal with, sigh!


Oh no, Mary… hopefully you will be back sooner rather than later now.
I imagine your original Fair Isle jumpers are exquisite… wish I could knit!!


I was one of those knitters …. Way back when ….
My 1980’s favs were two cricket cardigans (long length … think 1920 style) one was cream with ice cream coloured fairisle whilst the other was a neutral latte coffee base with peach, cream, grey, mint fairisle.
A good way to include the trend this season may be to go fingerless (or not) gloves … Looks super against a dark cashmere coat.
I feel the needles coming out …. Am thinking berry shades, cream, aubergine on forest green.

Linda B

As you may remember, I am an avid knitter, and have more cabled sweaters (both jumpers and cardigans) than a person who lives in Arizona needs. I adore warm ng them, for sure. Good thing I spend so much time traveling to cooler climes, these days. Currently on my knitting needles is a traditional Icelandic style jumper, for my two year old granddaughter. My yarns are bright and cheerful. I am sure her baby sister will also wear it. They live in Oregon and need warm things!

I love everything about knits of all kinds, and it just makes me so happy that they are have come round to being truly fashionable again.


I do remember, Linda.. and I wish I had your talent… Your grandbabies are very lucky :)


It is difficult to think about sweaters when it is 80 degrees with high humidity. Soon the frost will come and I will be scrambling to bring out the sweaters. Lovely choices but a handmade sweater sounds divine.


Good morning Vicki! This is a new name to me; I need to research this but again, you are making me think more broadly about my fashion choices for the new season on the horizon – better fashion choices so I can get the most out of my “mature” state of being these days! Good to see your post!


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