Genuine Fair Isle knitwear designed and handcrafted on Fair Isle - the home of Fair Isle knitting


A beautiful selection of authentic, high quality Fair Isle garments carefully designed and handcrafted on Fair Isle, Scotland by experienced knitter Elizabeth Riddiford using traditional Fair Isle patterns and colours in pure new wool from local Fair Isle and Shetland fleeces.  

'Exclusively Fair Isle'

- Quality made-to-measure knitwear direct from the knitter to you -

 LATEST UPDATE - March 2024

Elizabeth Riddiford's 'Exclusively Fair Isle' knitwear is now no longer available by Mail Order. 

Subject to availability, it may be possible to purchase a small selection of Elizabeth's knitwear at the Fair Isle Community Hall on occasional dates during Cruise Ship visits to Fair Isle in June 2024. 

 (Information regarding sale of knitwear at the new Fair Isle Bird Observatory Shop will be updated from 2025 onwards.)

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Each of my 'Exclusively Fair Isle' garments is hand-crafted at home and is guaranteed high quality Fair Isle knitwear made in Fair Isle by its own distinctive 'Exclusively Fair Isle' swing-tag, including the Scottish Crofting Produce Mark and membership number as a certificate of quality and authenticity.   

          Each 'Exclusively Fair Isle' garment is also the proud carrier of Fair Isle's own trademark 'Star Motif' on its swing-tag as a further guarantee of the garment's high quality and Fair Isle made in Fair Isle origin.  


"Beautiful and a work of art, fits perfectly. Thank you very much, I will treasure it for years to come. I am sure it will draw attention and I will not hesitate to give out your name and location. (E.S. England)    


"Just to say my hat arrived today and it is fab - stunning! Great fit, the colours are beautiful and the knit-work is perfection. This was my treat to myself. Thank you so much." (E.G. Scotland)

"Just to let you know I received my square top hat today and it is everything expected. I expect that some of the rest of my close family will want one when they see it and I will surely want something else from your shop again." T.K.G. Aberdeen)

"The kep arrived yesterday and I have to say that it is absolutely fabulous. I love the pattern and colours very much and timing is perfect as well." (S.P. England)

"I received the fisherman’s kep today and ‘I LOVE IT’. It fits well, the colours are beautiful and so well crafted. 

Thank you so much, I shall love it forever." (A.R. England)

"Thank you for a little work of art. I love it." (F.BP. Scotland)

"Just to let you know that my kep arrived yesterday afternoon, thank you so much, I love it! I will wear it at every opportunity."

 (M.M. Scotland)

"I wore my kep for the first time walking my dogs. It fits perfectly and is really comfortable. Thank you so much." (S.C. 


"Your hat and scarf arrived safely and caused quite a stir in the office! Thank you so much they really are beautiful. 

You have an amazing talent and I’m very grateful that you choose to share it with us, your lucky customers." (R.H. London)

"I have received my hat and it is wonderful. The quality is amazing and I am very pleased. Thank you very much." (A.K. UK

"The Fisherman's keps arrived yesterday. They are terrific and a pleasure to wear. (E.W. Notts)

"Thank you so much for my wonderful Fair Isle hat - it is just perfect, I'm absolutely thrilled. I loved my stay on your island & only wish to return one day. Thank you again..." (R.C. Essex)

"I have just received the hat I ordered and it fits perfectly. I will treasure it for many many years to come. Thank you for sharing a lovely gift of creating such wonderful knitwear. (A.E. Australia)

"My parcel has just arrived. I would like to thank you for the beautiful contents! It was a lovely surprise to find everything even better than I had imagined! Just perfect! (M.W.)

"My kep is beautifully crafted and I am delighted with it. The fit is perfect, too. Thank you for you once again for your marvellous service - it is much appreciated." (P.W. Sunderland)

"I'm delighted with your skills, I don't think I've seen such a beauty of a hat. " (J.L. England)

"I wore my kep on a fishing trip and I was the warmest and best dressed fisherman on the boat. Truly one of my best buys." (L.M. London)

"The hats are awesome! We are thrilled with them. It means so much to have something so unique." (LK. Canada)


"Thank you so much for my lovely wrist warmers. They are beautiful. Thank you for your excellent service, too." (PC Wiltshire)


"Fisherman's Keps arrived this morning. They are wonderful and am extremely pleased with them". (R.S. Surrey)


"Kep arrived safe and sound and it's beautiful." (B.B. Northumberland)


"Hats arrived yesterday and we're delighted with them, so much so I'll be putting in another order." (D.E. West Sussex)


 "The immediate response when the new wrist warmers were first tried on was "They're perfect!" Nothing more to be said except thank you very much for another delightful product." (D.E. West Sussex)


"Hat and scarf look lovely. I can imagine my wife being thrilled to wear them. Many thanks for your prompt assistance with my surprise present." (Happy customer).

"Brilliant, really pleased with headband, scarf and kep." (H. Gloucestershire)


"Thanks so much for my beautiful hat. I can assure you I will wear it with pride. You have a great talent and I do hope the tradition never gets forgotten." (L.B. Canada)


"I have just received the hat I ordered and it fits perfectly. I will treasure it for many many years to come. Thank you for sharing a lovely gift of creating such wonderful knitwear. (A.E. Austrailia)

"The hats arrived safely. They are absolutely superb! All we expected them to be and more. Perfect fit, lovely colours and patterns.The photos cannot do them justice. We are both very pleased with them." (UK)

"My second Kep arrived safely this morning. I’m pleased to now own 2 of your Hand Knitted Keps. I am, along with many others, impressed with your work. Both Keps reflect your skill. Fair Isle’s knitting tradition is safe with you. I trust your skills will not be lost." (G.T. Scotland)

"Just a brief note to let you know that my Kep arrived safely this morning. It is really lovely, fits really well and I shall certainly enjoy wearing it, particularly in the knowledge that it was made specially for me! Thank you once again for all your artistry in producing such a beautiful and unique piece of craftwork." (W.C. UK)

"My kep arrived today, it fits perfectly and I am very pleased with it. I am really impressed at how intricate and beautifully made it is."  (J.C. Isle of Skye)

"My hat and headband have just arrived and I am absolutely delighted with them and can't wait for the cold weather to arrive when I will be proudly wearing them!! Thank you so much, it's lovely to imagine you knitting away in the beautiful Fair Isle.  Very special!" (L.HT. UK)

"Many thanks, just to let you know that the hats arrived earlier this week and they fit perfectly and look great. I'm delighted with them. Looking forward to wearing them in the Southern Ocean in December." (C.M. Edinburgh)

"My lovely hat arrived this morning and I am absolutely thrilled and delighted with it. Thank you so much, I will treasure it and know that it will become an heirloom for my children after I am gone! Sometime I hope to make it to Fair Isle and meet you." (C.P. UK)

"The hat has arrived and it is absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much. The colours are beautiful and I feel sure I am going to be the envy of all my chums. Thank you again for all the time and trouble you have taken with my order. It is much appreciated." (D.G. UK)


Unless stated, all text and photographs on this website are Copyright of Elizabeth Riddiford, 2012. All rights reserved.

All knitwear designs on this website are the Intellectual Copyright of Elizabeth Riddiford, Fair Isle. All rights reserved.

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