Polly’s Fair Isle vest

Polly just returned from a trip to Scotland, where she wore a new travel outfit. Her vest features the distinctive bright and bold horizontal patterns found in the Fair Isle style. She hopes to eventually make it to the Shetlands, where the knitting technique originated, but this time she went to the Isle of Islay, in the Inner Hebrides. To see Polly’s complete travel wardrobe and other places she’s been, click here.

Before being fitted for her new clothing, Polly removed the previous costume that she’d worn ever since her trip to Ireland last fall. The Irish knit sweater and cap came off easily, with the help of a seam ripper.

She held still, while a new skirt and sleeves were sewn on. Then a vest began to take shape.

It took rows and rows of chain stitch, blanket stitch and fly stitch in different colors…

and then seed bead buttons.

Polly had a wonderful time in Scotland and will be sharing photos from her trip in future posts. Here she is in Edinburgh, climbing the sculpture in St Giles Square.

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11 thoughts on “Polly’s Fair Isle vest

  1. Welcome to the UK Salley. If you have fine weather up there, you will be amazed by the scenery. My son and grandson are this week rowing in their home-made canoe the whole width of Scotland along the Caledonian canal. Enjoy your time here. Sandra

    • We had a great visit (just returned home last night)! The weather was amazing and we’re telling people that we went to Scotland and got sunburned! A few years ago, Polly and friends hiked the Caledonian Canal, which was great.

  2. Such photographic innovation, let alone your stitch talent! Such fun hearing about Polly’s travels. Your storied captions are spot on! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, your work is incredible! Absolutely a delight to see your creativity. Glad I had come upon it. How talented you are.

  4. Thank you for sharing Pollys adorable outfit for her trip to Scotland. As usual she looks like the well dressed traveler and fits right in where ever she goes.

  5. What a beautiful sweater!! Your attention to detail is incredible! Obviously, you’re a very astute observer of everything around you!
    Thank you for sharing!

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