Three of the Best: Fair Isle Knits

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Posted by Laurel on Wednesday 27th of September 2017




Ah, Autumn. Season of knits and mellow bootfulness. I for one am thrilled that the cosy, chunky, formerly slightly naff fair isle knits beloved by fuddy old aunties and remote Scottish islands are back with a vengeance, star as they are of many a new season collection.

Whilst the high street will undoubtedly be awash with several incarnations, I've got my eye on one of these three...

You must have been living on a rock not to know that Uniqlo's latest designer collab - in stores now - is with fashion's wünderkind JW Anderson. This cosy cardy, available in royal blue, cream and navy, is a star of the show, at at just £29.90 you can probably afford every colour. uniqlo.com/uk

TOAST are no strangers when it comes to creating cosy winter pieces. Every year they deliver with their knits and sheepskin outwear pieces, so it's no surprise that this year is no exception. In traditional, UK-spun lambswool, it's knitted 'in the round' to create a seamless yoke. Also available in three colourways, check out the scarlet & mushroom and rust & putty combinations, £145 each at www.toa.st

Holders of the honourable pedigree that is the Royal Warrant for Waterproof Outerwear, Farlows may be known as a one-stop shop for all of one's hunting, shooting and fishing needs, however their design team has hit the nail on the head with their new ladies Fair Isle knits. Dedicated to British manufacture, it's knitted in a traditional Donegal nep (the nep is a small nub of fibre, giving the twisted yarns its characteristic fleck of colour) 100% Merino Wool, created in a small workshop on the east coast of Scotland with yarn spun and twisted in Yorkshire. You can't get more real than that. www.farlows.co.uk

Love Laurel x

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