Knitting From Fair Isle
15 contemporary designs inspired by tradition
By Mati Ventrillon
Mati Ventrillon's inspiration comes from the technique of creating patterns with multiple colours that was first used by the women of Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands, more than two centuries ago. Her designs, which have been featured on the Chanel catwalk, are inspired by tradition but use her own modern interpretation of colour and pattern arrangement. The book includes fisherman jumpers with high, crew and slash necks, a poncho, neck warmer, cowl and long scarf, fingerless gloves and hand and wrist warmers, as well as the traditional fisherman's hats known as keps.
The patterns demonstrate how to experiment with colour and play with backgrounds. They are accompanied by expert tips on yarns and finishing. The book also features stories of the women who spent their lives knitting masterpieces, despite harsh living conditions and inclement weather. Inspirational photography provides a window into life on this most remote of Scottish islands.