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Fair Isle

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

noun
  1. an intricate multicoloured pattern knitted with Shetland wool into various garments, such as sweaters
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Word Origin

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