Definition of Fair Isle in English:

Fair Isle

proper noun

  • 1One of the Shetland Islands, lying about halfway between Orkney and the main Shetland group.

    1. 1.1 A shipping forecast area in the NE Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland.
    2. 1.2[as noun], [usually as modifier] Denoting traditional multicoloured geometric designs used in woollen knitwear:
      ‘Fair Isle sweaters’
      • ‘Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, use only two colours per row, are worked in the round, and limit the length of a run of any particular colour.’
      • ‘This season, a floaty chiffon knee-length skirt paired with a Fair Isle sweater or a tweedy jacket will look extremely hip.’


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