The ugly, chunky sweater is a staple in my closet most seasons. There’s something so comforting, so casual and effortless in its enveloping… ugliness. What can I say? This winter, no longer satisfied with the grandpa cardigan or fisherman’s cable knit sweater of yore, I’ve moved on to the illustrious Fair Isle sweater. What was once best suited for Nordic ski slopes and holiday parties has made its way to runways and city streets (and suburbs naturally, ahem).Originally hailing from Scotland, Fair Isle refers to a knitting technique that creates patterns using a variety of colors. Read more about it here.