FAIR ISLE KNITTING
by David Isle
Since the early 19th century, elegant menswear has based itself around solid colors. Still today, more than 200 years after Beau Brummell’s proclamation that male clothing should be simple and austere, many men wear patterns only with reluctance, and even then only following the lead of some style icon. The Prince of Wales (later, briefly, Edward VIII) was one such style icon.
The Prince of Wales was, in the words of my friend voxsartoria, a man who loved pattern. Perhaps more than any other individual, he launched the complex style of dressing that characterized the 20s and 30s, often considered the Golden Age of menswear. Among his finds was the Fair Isle knit.
Fair Isle is a knitting technique that creates multicolor geometric patterns, knitted in rows.