Agyness Deyn in a gigantic cable knit
Twiggy in Fair Isle
Cable knit inspiration
A good sweater is like a security blanket—throw it on on dark, wintry (er, hungover) mornings and it's like you never left the bed. Which can be a good or bad thing, depending... Sweater trends this season are updated takes on classic techniques—cable knit, Fair Isle and intarsia. Cable knit is named for a method of knitting that produces braid like patterns that can sometimes be called Saxon Braids or Celtic Princess Braids depending on the style. The height of cable knit is the Aran sweater—sometimes called a fisherman's sweater—which consists of several different kinds of cables in one sweater and is named for the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.
Kitteh, not wearing cable knit, Fair Isle or Intarsia
Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns of multiple colors. Named after a tiny isle in the north of Scotland, Fair Isle is also sometimes called 'stranded-knitting' because it involves uses two strands of color in the same row and its palette is usually limited to no more than five colors. Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Sonia Rykiel all feature Fair Isle patterns this season.
PJ by Peter Jensen
Intarsia is a name for a knitting technique that uses multiple colors in one pattern, and fits the different colored pieces together like a puzzle. It's popped up this year everywhere from Anna Sui to Missoni, Paul and Joe and Stella McCartney, and our own collaboration with Peter Jensen. So awesome squirrel sweater = intarsia. Now you know.