Authentic Fair Isle Knitwear tradition with a unique identity is the essence of Mati Ventrillon exclusive pieces. Every Fair Isle garment is more than just technique and knitting; the complex origins and influence of the traditional patterns, combined with island croft life, make them unique.

Each piece of Mati Ventrillon knitwear reflects hundreds of years of tradition. Mati uses only traditional patterns from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each garment is individually designed; knitted to shape to give the best fit on an original 1960's hand-frame knitting machine, using 100% Shetland wool; carefully hand-finished; separately washed and traditionally dried on a ‘Woollie Horse’.

Consultation

This is the first stage of the process where you have the opportunity to discuss your personal requirements. After submitting the order form Mati will arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements in more detail. She will 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 before your appointment.

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 have chosen. This is where Mati applies her knowledge of Fair Isle patterns and uses her design skills to interpret your preferences. It is vital that she understands your style and needs.

Sample Pattern

The result of the design process translates into three sample swatches. You will receive a PDF file with the preliminary designs so you can choose one or give feedback for the production of a new one. This stage is the most important as it is when you get involved in the design of your garment and make specific decisions about the colour combinations and patterns. Your feedback is essential.

Sizing

Next, Mati will 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; Mati uses her 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 standard neck, armhole, cuff, biceps and hips measurements; bespoke garments never use standard measurements, only your individual measurements.

Detailing

Detailing refers to the different options for necks, sleeves, cuffs and waistbands that were discussed 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 Mati hand-craft skills really show. She uses traditional techniques, passed on by generations of Fair Isle knitters, as well as her own techniques. Well defined edges, flat invisible seams, grafted and hand knitted elements make your perfect garment.

Your Product

Your garment is hand washed using natural natural soap 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.

This is all about the shape of your garment. Below is a guide to Fair Isle knitwear elementary styles. These can work as the basis for your design should you wish to add new elements or challenge Mati with a new shape.

Round-Neck Jumper

Round-Neck Jumper

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

£700
V-Neck Jumper

V-Neck Jumper

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

£700
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, droped shoulders and if requested an underarm gusset for comfort.

£750
Round-Neck Cardigan

Round-Neck Cardigan

The round-neck cardigan combines the practicality of the traditional cardigan with the sporty style of the round-neck jumper.

£800
V-Neck Cardigan

V-Neck Cardigan

The v-neck cardigan combines the practicality of the traditional cardigan with the classic style of the v-neck jumper.

£800
Round-Neck Sleeveless

Round-Neck Sleeveless

The round-neck sleeveless jumper is a modern interpretation that became extremely popular in the 1970s.

£600
V-Neck Sleeveless

V-Neck Sleeveless

The v-neck sleeveless jumper is a modern interpretation that has become a classic piece.

£600
Round-Neck Sleeveless Cardigan

Round-Neck Sleeveless Cardigan

The round-neck sleeveless cardigan combines a modern design with the practicality of a cardigan - it's a timeless favourite.

£650
V-Neck Sleeveless Cardigan

V-Neck Sleeveless Cardigan

The V-neck sleeveless cardigan is a classic interpretation of the original vest, a must-have in any gentleman's wardrobe.

£650

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.

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.

Large Pattern

Large Pattern

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 Pattern

Medium Pattern

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 Pattern

Small Pattern

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.

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-Patten Cuffs

Chess-Patten 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.

Amber
Apple
Aqua
Burnt Ochre
Chartreuse
Cinnamon
Cocoa
Cornfield
Crimson
Daffodil
Emerald
Flame
Fuchsia
Ginger
Granny Smith
Jade
Lime
Lipstick
Mimosa
Mustard
Nutmeg
Plum
Poppy
Pumpkin
Sandalwood
Scarlet
Scotch Broom
Seabright
Sherbet
Sorbet
Spice
Tangerine
Teviot
Violet
Yellow Ochre
Admiral Navy
Artichoke
Atlantic
Aubretia
Autumn
Birch
Black
Black Moorit
Black Shaela
Black Sholmi
Blueberry
Bottle
Bracken
Bramble
Burnt Umber
Cardinal
Celtic
Charcoal
Cherry
Chesnut
Clover
Clyde Blue
Cobolt
Coffee
Conifer
Copper
Cosmos
Damask
Dark Navy
Delph
Dove
Dusk
Earth
Eclipse
Espresso
Fern
Foxglove
Gentian
Grouse
Hanana
Ivy
Jupiter
Leaf
Leather
Loganberry
Lupin
Madder
Mantilla
Maroon
Midnight
Mirrydancers
Moorit Shaela
Moorland
Moss
Mulberry
Neptune
Nighthawk
Old Gold
Old Rose
Olive
Osprey
Oxford
Pacific
Paprika
Peacock
Peat
Peony
Petrol
Pine
Pine Forest
Port Wine
Prairie
Prussian Blue
Purple
Purple Haze
Purple Heather
Raspberry
Redcurrent
Rosemary
Rosewood
Rouge
Royal
Ruby
Rust
Sage
Seaweed
Shetland Black
Sholmit Shaela
Spagnum
Spruce
Stonehenge
Stonewash
Storm
Sunrise
Tan Green
Tartan
Titanic
Tundra
Turf
Walnut
Wood Green
Wren
Zodiac
Anemone
Apricot
Blossom
Blue Danube
Blue Lovat
Bluebell
Buttercup
Buttermilk
Cashew
Caspian
China Blue
Cloud
Coral
Cyclamen
Dewdrop
Dog Rose
Eucalyptus
Fjord
Flax
Fog
Gold
Heron
Highland Mist
Hyancinth
Lagoon
Laurel
Lavender
Lemon
Leprechaun
Lilac
Lomond
Lunar
Marjoram
Mermaid
Mint
Mirage
Mist
Moorgrass
Oatmeal
Orchid
Oyster
Parma
Peach
Pistachio
Pot Pourri
Rose
Salmon
Sand
Sapphire
Sky
Splash
Sunglow
Sunset
Surf
Thistledown
Twilight
Verdigris
Wild Violet
Yell Sound Blue
Camel
Eesit
Eesit White
Eggshell
Granite
Green Mist
Ivory
Lichen
Mogit
Mogit Eesit
Moorit Eesit
Mooskit
Mooskit Shaela
Mooskit Sholmit
Mooskit White
Natural White
Pebble
Rye
Shaela
Shaela White
Sholmit
Sholmit White
Slate
Steel
Thyme
White
Willow
Bersugget
Bilberry
Blettel
Fawn
Light Grey
Ling
Mid Grey
Moorit
Moss
Self Heal
Shaela
Smirslett
Tormentil
Amber
Apple
Aqua
Burnt Ochre
Chartreuse
Cinnamon
Cocoa
Cornfield
Crimson
Daffodil
Emerald
Flame
Fuchsia
Ginger
Granny Smith
Jade
Lime
Lipstick
Mimosa
Mustard
Nutmeg
Plum
Poppy
Pumpkin
Sandalwood
Scarlet
Scotch Broom
Seabright
Sherbet
Sorbet
Spice
Tangerine
Teviot
Violet
Yellow Ochre
Admiral Navy
Artichoke
Atlantic
Aubretia
Autumn
Birch
Black
Black Moorit
Black Shaela
Black Sholmi
Blueberry
Bottle
Bracken
Bramble
Burnt Umber
Cardinal
Celtic
Charcoal
Cherry
Chesnut
Clover
Clyde Blue
Cobolt
Coffee
Conifer
Copper
Cosmos
Damask
Dark Navy
Delph
Dove
Dusk
Earth
Eclipse
Espresso
Fern
Foxglove
Gentian
Grouse
Hanana
Ivy
Jupiter
Leaf
Leather
Loganberry
Lupin
Madder
Mantilla
Maroon
Midnight
Mirrydancers
Moorit Shaela
Moorland
Moss
Mulberry
Neptune
Nighthawk
Old Gold
Old Rose
Olive
Osprey
Oxford
Pacific
Paprika
Peacock
Peat
Peony
Petrol
Pine
Pine Forest
Port Wine
Prairie
Prussian Blue
Purple
Purple Haze
Purple Heather
Raspberry
Redcurrent
Rosemary
Rosewood
Rouge
Royal
Ruby
Rust
Sage
Seaweed
Shetland Black
Sholmit Shaela
Spagnum
Spruce
Stonehenge
Stonewash
Storm
Sunrise
Tan Green
Tartan
Titanic
Tundra
Turf
Walnut
Wood Green
Wren
Zodiac
Anemone
Apricot
Blossom
Blue Danube
Blue Lovat
Bluebell
Buttercup
Buttermilk
Cashew
Caspian
China Blue
Cloud
Coral
Cyclamen
Dewdrop
Dog Rose
Eucalyptus
Fjord
Flax
Fog
Gold
Heron
Highland Mist
Hyancinth
Lagoon
Laurel
Lavender
Lemon
Leprechaun
Lilac
Lomond
Lunar
Marjoram
Mermaid
Mint
Mirage
Mist
Moorgrass
Oatmeal
Orchid
Oyster
Parma
Peach
Pistachio
Pot Pourri
Rose
Salmon
Sand
Sapphire
Sky
Splash
Sunglow
Sunset
Surf
Thistledown
Twilight
Verdigris
Wild Violet
Yell Sound Blue
Camel
Eesit
Eesit White
Eggshell
Granite
Green Mist
Ivory
Lichen
Mogit
Mogit Eesit
Moorit Eesit
Mooskit
Mooskit Shaela
Mooskit Sholmit
Mooskit White
Natural White
Pebble
Rye
Shaela
Shaela White
Sholmit
Sholmit White
Slate
Steel
Thyme
White
Willow
Bersugget
Bilberry
Blettel
Fawn
Light Grey
Ling
Mid Grey
Moorit
Moss
Self Heal
Shaela
Smirslett
Tormentil
Chest size

Chest size

Measure around widest part of the chest.

Across shoulder – front

Across shoulder – front

Measure from shoulder to shoulder.

Upper arm

Upper arm

Measure around the bicep.

Wrist

Wrist

Measure around the knuckles with the hand in a fist.

Length

Length

Measure from the nape of the neck to the desired length.

Arm length one

Arm length one

Measure from the shoulder to the desired length.

Hips

Hips

Measure around the widest part of the hips.

Arm hole

Arm hole

Measure around the shoulder close to the armpit.

Across Shoulders – Back

Across Shoulders – Back

Measure from shoulder to shoulder.

Arm length two

Arm length two

Measure, with arm at 90 degrees, from the armpit to desired length.

Neck

Neck

Measure around the lower part of the neck.

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

Order Form

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, during your consultation.

Shortly after receiving your order, Mati will contact you to make an appointment, either by phone or e-mail, for the consultation and request your measurements. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the knitwear styles, patterns, details and wool colours before your appointment.

After the consultation you will receive the invoice and payment details.

Upon receipt of payment the design process starts. Mati will create the preliminary designs based on your preferred colour combination and patterns. You will receive a PDF file with the preliminary designs for you to choose from or give feedback.

Once the overall design is agreed Mati will work with your individual measurements and detail choices to create the knitting charts and instructions. It is then that Mati will be ready to start knitting your garment.

When your garment is ready Mati will give you an expected delivery date and you’ll receive an email confirming dispatch.


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