Faroese Fair Isle - What a Joke!

"Did you know? The term "Fair Isle" refers to a special kind of stranded knitting, one in which the colors form one of hundreds of the traditional patterns of the Faroese Islands. If the pattern is not one of the traditional "Fair Isle" patterns, then even if it only uses two colors per row, it is more properly referred to simply as "stranded knitting." All Fair Isle is stranded knitting, but not all stranded knitting is Fair Isle, in other words."

Direct quote from Knitting Daily - I kid you not!


  1. I've emailed them of their continuing the erroneous information...I doubt I'll get a response or they'll correct their error, but we'll see...

  2. Drives me batty when I read such information. They still seem to make the same one over and over and over again. Obviously, they don't listen to their readers.


  3. yep I groaned when I read that too... they're really pulling some bonehead moves in their rush to post every day and jump on every trend in the knitting universe. And you would think Eunny knows better having designed a few herself... too bad Sandy didn't check with anyone first.

  4. I saw this too, not only Faroese knitting but also the reference to "two or more colors" in one row, and thought "surely not". You would think they would have grasped it by now. Grrrr.

  5. Forgive my ignorance, I know very little about such things, but I am totally confused here.. what little I've read about Fair Isle is pretty much what Sandy put into her post about Fair Isle. So, can someone please enlighten me as to what was incorrect in her post? I hate having wrong information... makes me look like an idiot when I'm trying to be a know-it-all! LOL

  6. Anne- I guess people don't do their research. I saw a Kaffe Fasset in Vogue (3 colors per row) being referred to as a FI- and you'd think they would know better.

    Colorwork and stranded techniques do not mean it's a Fair Isle!



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