Bespoke Knitwear

Each garment is individually designed; knitted to shape to give the best fit using organic and non-organic 100% Shetland wool; carefully hand-finished; separately washed and dried traditionally on a ‘Woollie Horse’.

1. Consultation

1. Consultation

This is the first stage of the process where you have the opportunity to discuss your personal requirements. After submitting the order form we'll arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements in more detail. We'll look at knitwear styles, patterns and details, wool colours and measurements. It's a good idea to get familiar with the options by looking at the different sections and case studies before your appointment.

2. Design

2. Design

This stage is all about using the information discussed during the consultation and finding the best combination of colours and patterns for the style of garment that you've chosen. This is where I apply my knowledge of Fair Isle patterns and use my design skills to interpret your preferences. It's vital that I understand your style and needs.

3. Sample Pattern

3. Sample Pattern

The result of the design process translates into three sample swatches. I photograph the swatches and send the images to you so you can choose one or give me feedback for the production of a new swatch. This stage is the most important as it's when you get involved in the design process and make specific decisions about the colour combinations and patterns. Your feedback is vital.

4. Sizing

4. Sizing

Next, I'll need all your relevant measurements as detailed in the measuring guide. This stage is about getting the perfect size and shape for you. Every garment is calculated based on your measurements; I use my knowledge of knitting, the understanding of the fabric and experience to get the right combination of stitches, rows and tension when using the hand-frame knitting machine.

This is where a made-to-measure garment and a bespoke garment differ. Made-to-measure garments use individual chest, arm and length measurements combined with standard neck, armhole, cuff, biceps and hips measurements; bespoke garments only use your individual measurements.

5. Detailing

5. Detailing

Detailing refers to the different options for necks, sleeves, cuffs and waistbands that we discuss during the consultation process; after the overall design is ready, the details are added to complete your garment.

Finishing your garment is also part of the detailing and is where my hand-craft skills really show. I use traditional techniques, passed on by generations of Fair Isle knitters, as well as my own techniques. Well defined edges, flat invisible seams, grafted and hand knitted elements make your perfect garment.

6. Your Product

6. Your Product

Your garment is hand washed using natural cleaning liquid and traditionally dried on a ‘Woollie Horse’. The ‘Woollie Horse’, or jumper board/stretcher, plays an essential role in the finished product; it is used to retain the shape and size of the garment while drying.

Every bespoke garment carries the Fair Isle Certification Trade Mark to guarantee its place of origin. All labels are hand stitched.

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A bespoke garment is a unique piece based on individual taste. To get an idea of the kind of jumper you would like, please look at my guide to the basics of Fair Isle knitwear; here you can explore the styles, patterns, details, colours, and how to measure yourself for the perfect bespoke item.

Order Form

This is a bespoke service

Every garment is individually tailored for a perfect fit and hand finished using individual and traditional techniques to achieve the perfect look.

The order form includes a basic guide to garment styles. We can discuss individual features such as roll neck, shawl neck, high neck, shoulder fasteners, style fittings, as well as scarves, hand or leg warmers, during your consultation.

Shortly after receiving your order, I'll contact you to make an appointment for the consultation and request your measurements. I always recommend that you familiarise yourself with the knitwear styles, patterns, details and wool colours before your appointment.

When the consultation process finishes, the design process starts. I'll send you three images of swatches based on the consultation process for you to choose from or give feedback.

Once the overall design is agreed and I'm ready to start knitting your garment I'll send you a payment request. The sizing and detail processes start on receipt of your payment.

When your garment is ready I'll give you an expected delivery date and you'll receive an email confirming dispatch.

Sorry, due to high demand our order book is closed until further notice.

This is all about the shape of your garment. Below is a guide to Fair Isle knitwear elementary styles.

Round-neck jumper

Round-neck jumper

The round-neck or crew neck jumper first appeared in the 1930s and is loose fitting with a sporty shape. It's the base for roll necks too and can have tapered fitting with fitted sleeves for a more contemporary look.

£330.00

V-neck jumper

V-neck jumper

The V-neck jumpers appeared in the late nineteenth century; they're tapered or loose fitting with a classic shape. The 1920s saw the emergence of Fair Isle jumpers with V-neck lines and drop shoulders as fashion items.

£345.00

Fisherman jumper

Fisherman jumper

The fisherman jumpers are a traditional eighteenth-century working garment originally worn by fishermen. These jumpers are shapeless with a high or slash neck, shoulder fasteners, tapered fitting, drop shoulders and an underarm gusset for comfort.

£360.00

Round-neck Cardigan

Round-neck Cardigan

Cardigans first appeared in the nineteenth century; they're a practical garment that can be opened along the front. The round-neck cardigan combines the practicality of this garment with the sporty style of the round-neck jumper.

£375.00

V-neck Cardigan

V-neck Cardigan

Cardigans first appeared in the nineteenth century and are practical garments that can be opened along the front. The V-neck cardigan combines the practicality of this garment with the classic style of a V-neck jumper.

£380.00

Round-neck sleeveless

Round-neck sleeveless

The sleeveless idea is thought to have appeared in England around the mid-nineteenth century as an undergarment for formal attire. The round-neck sleeveless jumper is a modern interpretation that became extremely popular in the 1970s.

£250.00

V-neck sleeveless

V-neck sleeveless

The sleeveless idea is also thought to have appeared in England around the mid-nineteenth century as an undergarment with formal attire. Again, the V-neck sleeveless jumper is a modern interpretation that has become a classic piece of menswear.

£260.00

Round-neck sleeveless Cardigan

Round-neck sleeveless Cardigan

The sleeveless cardigan evolved from the original vest and became the basic part of country attire. The round-neck cardigan combines a modern design with the practicality of a cardigan – it's a timeless favourite.

£270.00

V-neck sleeveless Cardigan

V-neck sleeveless Cardigan

The sleeveless cardigan evolved from the original vest and became the basic part of country attire. The V-neck is a classic interpretation of the original vest, a must-have in any gentleman’s wardrobe.

£275.00

Fisherman Kep

Fisherman Kep

The fisherman's kep is the traditional Fair Isle hat worn by the island men and bartered with passing ships during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The kep is perhaps the garment that made Fair Isle knitting known around the world; it's a long hat with a wide rib and a turn-up headband for extra warmth.

£70.00

Long Hat

Long Hat

The long hat is a simpler version of the kep that dates back to nineteenth century. The original long hat had a hemmed headband, but yours can be also knitted with just a small rib.

£60.00

Ski Hat

Ski Hat

The ski hat is perhaps the most popular hat, with its origins among sailors and dock workers. It's a short hat that can fit close to the head or be worn loose like a beanie. It can be knitted with a wide or small rib, a fold up or a hemmed head band.

£40.00

The complex origins and influences of Fair Isle’s traditional patterns may never be fully understood. Perhaps it was the long winter nights and hardship that spawned such spectacular creativity and timeless, infinitely variable, patterns.

Large patterns

Large patterns

The large size patterns are called Muckle Flooers in Fair Isle and are perhaps the oldest-known Fair Isle patterns; they are found in knitted pieces dating back to 1850. Some museum pieces show the patterns worked all over and sometimes combined with the medium size patterns. Examples of 'Fair Isle' patterns from the Baltic are also large patterns.

Medium patterns

Medium patterns

The medium size patterns are divided into two groups, the traditional oxo and the open patterns; in Fair Isle they are called Fivey Flooers and Nine Geeng Flooers respectively; they appear in some nineteenth-century garments, combined with large-size patterns. The medium size patterns were used at the end of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century to the present day. In the late nineteenth century they were mostly used all over; in the twentieth century they appeared combined with the small-size patterns.

Small patterns

Small patterns

The small patterns are called 'grunds' on Fair Isle; in the nineteenth century they were used in children's garments, at the edge of garments and between large patterns in traditional keps. The small-size pattern became very popular during the 1920s and 1930s, especially when combined with medium-size patterns.

A detail can change the overall look of a garment or the way it fits; sleeves, necks, cuffs and waistbands determine the garment's style. A sport look, for example, will use ribbed cuffs and waistband combined with a loose fitting. In contrast, a more classic look will use thin-ribbed cuffs and a waistband with a tapered fitting.

Single-rib neck

Single-rib neck

The single-rib neck is made using a thin rib; it creates a subtle finish that makes an elegant garment.

Folded-rib neck

Folded-rib neck

The folded-rib neck is made by folding over a rib; it creates a robust neck that's ideal for a 'sporty looking' garment.

High neck

High neck

The high neck is made with a single knit piece or a hem; it was the traditional neck for fishermen's garments in Shetland and Fair Isle.

Hemmed cuffs

Hemmed cuffs

The hemmed cuff is made by folding the end of the sleeve; it can be wide or narrow and creates a relaxed look.

Ribbed cuffs

Ribbed cuffs

The ribbed cuff is made by a rib at the end of the sleeve; it can be wide or narrow and creates a sportive look.

Chess-pattern cuffs

Chess-pattern cuffs

The chess-pattern cuff is made by knitting a chess pattern in contrasting colours and finishing with a small rib at the end of the sleeve.

Hemmed waistband

Hemmed waistband

The hemmed waistband is made by folding the end of the body panel; it can be wide or narrow and creates a relaxed look with a loose fitting.

Ribbed waistband

Ribbed waistband

The ribbed waistband is made by a rib at the end of the body panel; it can be wide or narrow and creates a sportive look with a tapered fitting.

Chess-pattern waistband

Chess-pattern waistband

The chess-pattern waistband is made by knitting a chess pattern in contrasting colours and finishing with a small rib at the end of the body panel; it creates a relaxed look with a tapered fitting.

Fitted sleeve

Fitted sleeve

The most complex of the sleeves is knitted to shape the shoulder with a tapered fitting.

Dropped-shoulder sleeve

Dropped-shoulder sleeve

The easiest of the sleeves is knitted straight and drops from the shoulder line to create a loose fitting.

Shaped-armhole sleeve

Shaped-armhole sleeve

The most popular sleeve is knitted following the shape of the armhole with a loose fitting.

Shetland wool produced in Shetland gained Protected Geographical Status with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) classification as 'Native Shetland Wool' in 2011. It also became the first non-food product in the UK to receive such status. The wonderful range of natural colours and high quality of Shetland fleece make Shetland wool one of the best wools available.

*Organic Wool - Shetland Organic wool brings the best out of the very fine quality of the wool with its handle, bounce and insulation properties from native Shetland sheep, born and bred in Shetland.

Admiral Navy

Admiral Navy

Amber

Amber

Anemone

Anemone

Apple

Apple

Apricot

Apricot

Aqua

Aqua

Artichoke

Artichoke

Atlantic

Atlantic

Aubretia

Aubretia

Autumn

Autumn

Bersugget

Bersugget *

Bilberry

Bilberry *

Birch

Birch

Black

Black

Black Moorit

Black Moorit

Black Shaela

Black Shaela

Black Sholmi

Black Sholmi

Blettel

Blettel *

Blossom

Blossom

Blue Danube

Blue Danube

Blue Lovat

Blue Lovat

Bluebell

Bluebell

Blueberry

Blueberry

Bottle

Bottle

Bracken

Bracken

Bramble

Bramble

Burnt Ochre

Burnt Ochre

Burnt Umber

Burnt Umber

Buttercup

Buttercup

Buttermilk

Buttermilk

Camel

Camel

Cardinal

Cardinal

Cashew

Cashew

Caspian

Caspian

Celtic

Celtic

Charcoal

Charcoal

Chartreuse

Chartreuse

Cherry

Cherry

Chesnut

Chesnut

China Blue

China Blue

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cloud

Cloud

Clover

Clover

Clyde Blue

Clyde Blue

Cobolt

Cobolt

Cocoa

Cocoa

Coffee

Coffee

Conifer

Conifer

Copper

Copper

Coral

Coral

Cornfield

Cornfield

Cosmos

Cosmos

Crimson

Crimson

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Daffodil

Daffodil

Damask

Damask

Dark Navy

Dark Navy

Delph

Delph

Dewdrop

Dewdrop

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

Dove

Dove

Dusk

Dusk

Earth

Earth

Eclipse

Eclipse

Eesit

Eesit

Eesit White

Eesit White

Eggshell

Eggshell

Emerald

Emerald

Espresso

Espresso

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Fawn

Fawn *

Fern

Fern

Fjord

Fjord

Flame

Flame

Flax

Flax

Fog

Fog

Foxglove

Foxglove

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Gentian

Gentian

Ginger

Ginger

Gold

Gold

Granite

Granite

Granny Smith

Granny Smith

Green Mist

Green Mist

Grouse

Grouse

Hanana

Hanana

Heron

Heron

Highland Mist

Highland Mist

Hyancinth

Hyancinth

Ivory

Ivory

Ivy

Ivy

Jade

Jade

Jupiter

Jupiter

Lagoon

Lagoon

Laurel

Laurel

Lavender

Lavender

Leaf

Leaf

Leather

Leather

Lemon

Lemon

Leprechaun

Leprechaun

Lichen

Lichen

Light Grey

Light Grey *

Lilac

Lilac

Lime

Lime

Ling

Ling *

Lipstick

Lipstick

Loganberry

Loganberry

Lomond

Lomond

Lunar

Lunar

Lupin

Lupin

Madder

Madder

Mantilla

Mantilla

Marjoram

Marjoram

Maroon

Maroon

Mermaid

Mermaid

Mid Grey

Mid Grey *

Midnight

Midnight

Mimosa

Mimosa

Mint

Mint

Mirage

Mirage

Mirrydancers

Mirrydancers

Mist

Mist

Mogit

Mogit

Mogit Eesit

Mogit Eesit

Moorgrass

Moorgrass

Moorit

Moorit *

Moorit Eesit

Moorit Eesit

Moorit Shaela

Moorit Shaela

Moorland

Moorland

Mooskit

Mooskit

Mooskit Shaela

Mooskit Shaela

Mooskit Sholmit

Mooskit Sholmit

Mooskit White

Mooskit White

Moss

Moss *

Moss

Moss

Mulberry

Mulberry

Mustard

Mustard

Natural White

Natural White

Neptune

Neptune

Nighthawk

Nighthawk

Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Old Gold

Old Gold

Old Rose

Old Rose

Olive

Olive

Orchid

Orchid

Osprey

Osprey

Oxford

Oxford

oyster

oyster

Pacific

Pacific

Paprika

Paprika

Parma

Parma

Peach

Peach

Peacock

Peacock

Peat

Peat

Pebble

Pebble

Peony

Peony

Petrol

Petrol

Pine

Pine

Pine Forest

Pine Forest

Pistachio

Pistachio

Plum

Plum

Poppy

Poppy

Port Wine

Port Wine

Pot Pourri

Pot Pourri

Prairie

Prairie

Prussian Blue

Prussian Blue

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Purple

Purple

Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Purple Heather

Purple Heather

Raspberry

Raspberry

Redcurrent

Redcurrent

Rose

Rose

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosewood

Rosewood

Rouge

Rouge

Royal

Royal

Ruby

Ruby

Rust

Rust

Rye

Rye

Sage

Sage

Salmon

Salmon

Sand

Sand

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

Sapphire

Sapphire

Scarlet

Scarlet

Scotch Broom

Scotch Broom

Seabright

Seabright

Seaweed

Seaweed

Self Heal

Self Heal *

Shaela

Shaela *

Shaela

Shaela

Shaela White

Shaela White

Sherbet

Sherbet

Shetland Black

Shetland Black

Sholmit

Sholmit

Sholmit Shaela

Sholmit Shaela

Sholmit White

Sholmit White

Sky

Sky

Slate

Slate

Smirslett

Smirslett *

Sorbet

Sorbet

Spagnum

Spagnum

Spice

Spice

Splash

Splash

Spruce

Spruce

Steel

Steel

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonewash

Stonewash

Storm

Storm

Sunglow

Sunglow

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunset

Sunset

Surf

Surf

Tan Green

Tan Green

Tangerine

Tangerine

Tartan

Tartan

Teviot

Teviot

Thistledown

Thistledown

Thyme

Thyme

Titanic

Titanic

Tormentil

Tormentil *

Tundra

Tundra

Turf

Turf

Twilight

Twilight

Verdigris

Verdigris

Violet

Violet

Walnut

Walnut

White

White

Wild Violet

Wild Violet

Willow

Willow

Wood Green

Wood Green

Wren

Wren

Yell Sound Blue

Yell Sound Blue

Yellow Ochre

Yellow Ochre

Zodiac

Zodiac

Scotch Broom

Scotch Broom

Plum

Plum

Tangerine

Tangerine

Granny Smith

Granny Smith

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Flame

Flame

Seabright

Seabright

Lipstick

Lipstick

Yellow Ochre

Yellow Ochre

Aqua

Aqua

Sorbet

Sorbet

Sherbet

Sherbet

Cocoa

Cocoa

Ginger

Ginger

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Teviot

Teviot

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

Mustard

Mustard

Spice

Spice

Emerald

Emerald

Burnt Ochre

Burnt Ochre

Crimson

Crimson

Jade

Jade

Cornfield

Cornfield

Poppy

Poppy

Apple

Apple

Mimosa

Mimosa

Scarlet

Scarlet

Lime

Lime

Daffodil

Daffodil

Amber

Amber

Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Violet

Violet

Chartreuse

Chartreuse

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Celtic

Celtic

Old Rose

Old Rose

Clyde Blue

Clyde Blue

Cosmos

Cosmos

Royal

Royal

Peacock

Peacock

Moorit Shaela

Moorit Shaela

Coffee

Coffee

Clover

Clover

Rosewood

Rosewood

Leaf

Leaf

Old Gold

Old Gold

Dusk

Dusk

Aubretia

Aubretia

Delph

Delph

Seaweed

Seaweed

Black Moorit

Black Moorit

Copper

Copper

Maroon

Maroon

Grouse

Grouse

Black Shaela

Black Shaela

Sage

Sage

Conifer

Conifer

Neptune

Neptune

Loganberry

Loganberry

Cobolt

Cobolt

Birch

Birch

Sholmit Shaela

Sholmit Shaela

Leather

Leather

Madder

Madder

Pine

Pine

Pacific

Pacific

Cardinal

Cardinal

Midnight

Midnight

Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Stonewash

Stonewash

Fern

Fern

Black Sholmi

Black Sholmi

Olive

Olive

Peony

Peony

Spagnum

Spagnum

Shetland Black

Shetland Black

Petrol

Petrol

Artichoke

Artichoke

Bramble

Bramble

Raspberry

Raspberry

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Hanana

Hanana

Rosemary

Rosemary

Cherry

Cherry

Bracken

Bracken

Dark Navy

Dark Navy

Wood Green

Wood Green

Titanic

Titanic

Burnt Umber

Burnt Umber

Jupiter

Jupiter

Wren

Wren

Bottle

Bottle

Rust

Rust

Earth

Earth

Admiral Navy

Admiral Navy

Blueberry

Blueberry

Atlantic

Atlantic

Nighthawk

Nighthawk

Dove

Dove

Storm

Storm

Ivy

Ivy

Chesnut

Chesnut

Peat

Peat

Black

Black

Prussian Blue

Prussian Blue

Port Wine

Port Wine

Moss

Moss

Lupin

Lupin

Ruby

Ruby

Prairie

Prairie

Redcurrent

Redcurrent

Moorland

Moorland

Mantilla

Mantilla

Pine Forest

Pine Forest

Turf

Turf

Autumn

Autumn

Purple

Purple

Tan Green

Tan Green

Spruce

Spruce

Damask

Damask

Tundra

Tundra

Gentian

Gentian

Foxglove

Foxglove

Charcoal

Charcoal

Espresso

Espresso

Zodiac

Zodiac

Purple Heather

Purple Heather

Tartan

Tartan

Rouge

Rouge

Sunrise

Sunrise

Mirrydancers

Mirrydancers

Eclipse

Eclipse

Paprika

Paprika

Oxford

Oxford

Walnut

Walnut

Mulberry

Mulberry

Osprey

Osprey

Sunglow

Sunglow

Splash

Splash

Surf

Surf

oyster

oyster

Lilac

Lilac

Sand

Sand

Caspian

Caspian

Wild Violet

Wild Violet

Gold

Gold

Parma

Parma

Cloud

Cloud

Fjord

Fjord

Moorgrass

Moorgrass

China Blue

China Blue

Mint

Mint

Anemone

Anemone

Twilight

Twilight

Fog

Fog

Lagoon

Lagoon

Blossom

Blossom

Verdigris

Verdigris

Flax

Flax

Buttermilk

Buttermilk

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

Bluebell

Bluebell

Rose

Rose

Marjoram

Marjoram

Lemon

Lemon

Mist

Mist

Lavender

Lavender

Leprechaun

Leprechaun

Sapphire

Sapphire

Orchid

Orchid

Pistachio

Pistachio

Cashew

Cashew

Buttercup

Buttercup

Hyancinth

Hyancinth

Yell Sound Blue

Yell Sound Blue

Lunar

Lunar

Coral

Coral

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Laurel

Laurel

Pot Pourri

Pot Pourri

Thistledown

Thistledown

Mermaid

Mermaid

Peach

Peach

Highland Mist

Highland Mist

Lomond

Lomond

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Blue Lovat

Blue Lovat

Dewdrop

Dewdrop

Apricot

Apricot

Sky

Sky

Heron

Heron

Sunset

Sunset

Mirage

Mirage

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Blue Danube

Blue Danube

Salmon

Salmon

Mogit

Mogit

Lichen

Lichen

Slate

Slate

Mooskit

Mooskit

Willow

Willow

Granite

Granite

Eesit

Eesit

Eggshell

Eggshell

Mogit Eesit

Mogit Eesit

Natural White

Natural White

Ivory

Ivory

Eesit White

Eesit White

Sholmit

Sholmit

Steel

Steel

Mooskit Sholmit

Mooskit Sholmit

White

White

Moorit Eesit

Moorit Eesit

Green Mist

Green Mist

Mooskit Shaela

Mooskit Shaela

Shaela

Shaela

Thyme

Thyme

Mooskit White

Mooskit White

Camel

Camel

Sholmit White

Sholmit White

Rye

Rye

Shaela White

Shaela White

Pebble

Pebble

Smirslett

Smirslett

Tormentil

Tormentil

Mid Grey

Mid Grey

Self Heal

Self Heal

Light Grey

Light Grey

Moss

Moss

Fawn

Fawn

Ling

Ling

Shaela

Shaela

Moorit

Moorit

Blettel

Blettel

Bilberry

Bilberry

Bersugget

Bersugget

Every bespoke garment is knitted based on individual measurements for perfect size and shape.

measurements
  1. Chest size Measure around widest part of the chest.
  2. Across shoulder/front Measure from shoulder to shoulder.
  3. Upper arm Measure around the bicep.
  4. Wrist Measure around the knuckles with the hand in a fist.
  5. Length Measure from the nape of the neck to the desired length.
  6. Arm length 1 Measure from the shoulder to the wrist.
  7. Hips Measure around the widest part of the hips.
  8. Armhole Measure around the shoulder close to the armpit.
  9. Across shoulder/back Measure from shoulder to shoulder
  10. Arm length 2 Measure, with arm at 90 degrees, from the armpit to desired length.
  11. Neck Measure around the lower part of the neck.