We love a Fairisle and we know you do too so we are really excited to introduce you to Eribe and their wonderful fairisle knitwear made in Scotland. They are based in the Scottish Borders, a 'cottage industry gone global' and put a contemporary twist on traditional Scottish clothing, using specialists in the Fairisle heritage knitting technique for an authentic and beautiful garment.
The Fair Isle is an actual Island, fairly isolated in the north of Scotland in the Shetland archipelago. There, the design began in the early 19th Century as a pattern for fishermans' caps and sweaters. The traditional knitwear of Fair Isle and it's intricate skill have been practised continuously on this small Isle for generations upon generations. A rare store of patterns has evolved during this time and these are chosen and personally interpreted by each knitter so that each then achieves their own recognisable style. The traditional method of hand-knitting Fair Isle ‘in the round’ using double-pointed needles - known locally as ‘wires’- along with a special padded knitting belt, continues to this day.
Nowadays there is only a population of just 55 permanent residents there now but there are still a number of small garments produced on the island from patterns which have been handed down through generations of islanders.
Eribe pieces are not made on the Island but they are made using knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, so that you can own a sustainable product which not only looks and feels great, but lasts for years to come. Crafted from the finest Merino lambswool that is spun in Yorkshire which is lightweight and ever so soft.
For our initial collection from Eribe we have chosen a lovely cropped alpine cardigan in three colourways Arctic Piccalilli and Nougat, all beautifully patterned and coloured to fit seamlessly into your summer wardrobe.