Records of Stoddard International plc, Design Archive, Fair Isle and Ria

Scope and Content

A selection of design patterns dating from the 20th century. Fair Isle is normally associated with sweaters characterised by intricate all-over patterns carried out in yarns of several colours, originally hand-knitted on the island of Fair Isle, which forms part of the Shetland Islands, in Scotland. Fair Isle knitting gained a considerable popularity when the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) wore Fair Isle Tank tops in public in 1921. Traditional Fair Isle patterns have a limited palette of five or so colours, and use only two colours per row. Although the patterns within this drawer consist mainly of those created for the domestic market, contract designs for the BBC and Habitat are also included.

This description is part of the  Design Archive  which is divided into the 142 sections, each with its own separate description.

Access Information


Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Descriptions completeted by Laura Early, Project Volunteer, April 2011.

Geographical Names