Definition of Fair Isle in US English:

Fair Isle

proper noun

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

    1. 1.1as noun, usually as modifier Traditional multicolored geometric designs used in woolen knitwear.
      ‘Fair Isle sweaters’
      • ‘This season, a floaty chiffon knee-length skirt paired with a Fair Isle sweater or a tweedy jacket will look extremely hip.’
      • ‘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.’


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