Autumn is vest time and we decided to go into Ysolda’s back catalogue and pull out a great autumnal classic. The Bruntsfield vest was originally worked in five undyed colours to make the most of the amazing variety of Shetland fleece, but it is also a great canvas to play with colour. The larger motifs are traditional Xs and Os worked against a gradient background and the smaller motifs (called peeries in Shetland) use the middle of the gradient as their dominant colour.
We don’t stock the Uradale undyed colours anymore, but after Dianna Walla shared her version in Finull PT2, we realised it was also a great choice for Bruntsfield.
Dianna made hers in shades of grey and black - she used
C1 - 414 C2 - 404 C3 - 436 C4 - 403 C5 - 405
I started swatching these ideas before the heathers came in, but they arrived in time for the last swatch. Heathers are often the perfect 'in between' option when trying to mix colours together in fair isle - the depth in their tones can help bridge colours.
A neutral version
This is not an exact recreation of the original Bruntsfield - Finull PT2 colours are dyed rather than natural fleece, but it is an autumnal combination of greys and browny beiges.
C1 - 405 C2 - 404 C3 - 4081 C4 - 4078 C5 - 406
A purple version
This started as a attempt to blend greens and purples but by the time I had looked at several combinations by holding balls together and looked at the contrast options available it ended somewhere quite different.
C1 - 425 C2 - 487 C3 - 488 C4 - 406 C5 - 4010
A rich reddy brown version, using the heathers
With this version I knew I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful red browns from the new Finull PT2 Heathers but I struggled to find a good contrast for a while. At first I was unsure this acid yellow would work but often a colour combination that wouldn't work in stripes is just what's needed for fair isle.
C1 - 4132 C2 - 406 C3 - 4120 C4 - 4137 C5 - 4121
When coming up with colour combinations for Bruntsfield, it is helpful to group the background colours for the Xs and Os as a gradient from darkest to lightest and then look for 1 contrast colour that works with all 3, which is your motif colour and 1 that contrasts with the middle colour in the gradient which is your background colour for the peerie stripe.
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