Fair Isle

a banded geometrical pattern knitted into garments using variously colored woolen yarns.
clothing featuring such a pattern, especially sweaters.

Origin of Fair Isle

after Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands where the knitting pattern originated
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British Dictionary definitions for fair isle

Fair Isle


an intricate multicoloured pattern knitted with Shetland wool into various garments, such as sweaters

Word Origin for Fair Isle

C19: named after one of the Shetland Islands where the pattern originated
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