Knitters will tell you if that jumper is the real deal

By Lucy Christie

Published: 27/12/2010

FASHIONISTAS are grappling to get their hands on knitwear produced on a remote island lying midway between Orkney and Shetland.

The woollen designs are traditionally hand-produced by just a small group of knitters on Fair Isle, who are struggling to cope with the surge in demand. While high street stores cash in on the trend, many people are turning to second-hand stores in a hunt for the genuine article.

Now they are to get a helping hand from the Fair Isle knitters, who have agreed to authenticate their jumpers – which sell for hundreds of pounds – online.

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