This is the front cover of a vintage Fair Isle Jersey Pattern, Bestway leaflet 1594, for a child between 4-6 years old:
The Fair Isle jersey pattern was designed by “Ena” of Home fashions and Children’s Dress.
The front cover which shows a young girl wearing a completed Fair Isle jumper, has been restored for aesthetic purposes.
These are the rest of the pages showing the knitting instructions for the jersey:
I have no clue how to knit but I have around 20 vintage knitting patterns that I collect simply because I like to see what people used to wear.
Now, let us all take a deep breath and forge on into the future; knitting at the ready.
This is a very interesting video showing Mati Ventrillon, who is one of the last people on earth making true Fair Isle sweaters.
After watching the video on the process of making a Fair Isle jumper from start to finish (which includes Mati shearing the sheep!), I cannot believe how many steps there are before we see the finished product drying on a “wooly horse”!
Mati aslo has a fabulous page on her website about the history of Fair Isle which lies between Orkney and the Shetland islands, north of Scotland and of course her fantastic creations