8 Dec 2020

Forever Fairisle: Knit One Purl One

I have always loved a Fairisle sweater.

The detail, the delicate pattern and their individuality make them very pretty sweaters to wear in the holidays. As we are living in the casual and comfortable I figure these make a welcome change for our classic cashmere. Not that we don’t love our turtlenecks, V and crew necks but with the year we have had, it doesn’t hurt to add a little festivity to our wardrobes.

Fairisle seems to be making a comeback this year and there are many pretty options to wear with midi skirts or sweats.

I am drawn to the soft shades – the camels and the greys – and I can see this one with a beautifully tailored pair of flannel trousers.

Add a pair of velvet loafers and that’s it. xv

Forever Fairisle

vero moda crewneck in camel and grey  ||  vera moda crewneck with a touch of heather  ||  club monacco in pale grey  ||  **tory burch in burgundy  ||  **people tree in navy

wear with

these flannel pants  ||  those loafers  ||  fun high tops

The Edit Highlights

  • *Fancy fairisle from Nili Lotan  – this is a beauty with the same grey flannel trousers.

*A French vintage porcelain tea set – one of a kind – heavenly. So tempted by this.

*This is the colour to wear for the holidays and add to any stocking – with a box of these. My guilty pleasure.

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Linda B

I deeply love fair isle! In fact, I am not sure what I love more: wearing it or knitting it! There is something very satisfying about knitting with two (or at times three) strands of color at a time, and watching the pattern build, bit by bit. Two of my all time favorite pieces I have made myself over the years are fair isles, but not traditional ones actually. One is a cowled capelet; the pattern and plant-dyed yarn came from a sweet small business in the mountains of France. The other is a tunic made with shades of grey, with some cream and black thrown in, as well as some cabling and other textural stitches. Obviously I am happy to see anyone in fair isle knits, so I am glad it is back in vogue this winter!


These remind me of jumpers from my childhood. Hard to see some as Nordstrom website seems to be down. However, I loved the Edit selection of Haribo strawberries!!! I remember taking my children when they were small to the Haribo Museum in Uzes where we wandered round looking at the history of these sweets and watching men and women making these. We were all given a token on entry which we could pop into any little coin machine on our travels round the Museum; each machine was a different Haribo sweet!! On leaving the museum we called in their shop where you had choices of everything Haribo but all the sweets you could buy individually in one tub! A most entertaining afternoon for our children!!! Surely you visited with yours when they were small Vicki!,

Lori Powell

I just LOVE these sweaters! My grandmother made them for all her daughters and granddaughters when I was small. She was gifted with amazing knitting, sewing and crocheting skills. I so wish I still had my little one!

Ms. Liz

I love these sweaters as well. Last year I missed out on a beauty – dark grey with a white and mustard pattern on the yoke. I had it all planned out to wear with a long (midi) dark grey shimmer pleated skirt. Festive and casual. Alas …. it was sold out in my size before I could pull the trigger … I am still thinking about it!


Oh, that vintage photo is enough for me to consider this classic once again! Hello, Vicki!

Miss Bing

Thank you for having helped me dress the last couple years. I wouldn’t know what to do without you. You certainly know how to shop and are willing let help others do the same. I bought a sweater you suggested from Nordstrom. All the sweaters looked great


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