Being partial to lore and a sucker for furry creatures with power, each year leading up to Groundhog’s Day I wonder what Punxsutawney Phil will predict. And each year, I am conflicted. Do I want the warmth and light that come with an early spring, or do I want six more weeks of winter cold so I can keep knitting with gloriously thick and wooly yarns?

Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

Well, my ambivalence didn’t stop Phil from deciding. His decree: six more weeks of winter. But fear not, those who’ve grown weary of windburn, this Friendly Fair Isle Sweater is for you! Not only is it cuddly warm for an enduring winter season, but this punchy sweater also spreads the brightness and cheer of spring. And just in case Punxsutawney Phil’s meteorological skills aren’t quite on point this year, the Friendly Fair Isle is such a fun, quick knit, you’ll be weaving in your ends long before that early spring arrives!

Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

I designed this no-fuss pullover with a classic cut and a raglan sleeve shoulder. And for speed and coziness, I used Purl Soho’s aptly named Super Soft Merino. The colors, I picked purposely to pop out like spring’s first flower buds peeking through the earth.

Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

Since Phil is as unpredictable as the weather itself, I’m glad that this year I have my bases covered, a toasty sweater for winter, done well before spring… no matter when it comes!

Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

For more information about the Friendly Fair Isle Sweater, please read below. And for the full pattern, please click here. -Laura


Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

In addition to a Purl Soho Friendly Fair Isle Sweater pattern, you’ll need…


12 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


36 (40, 44, 48)

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 36 (40, 44, 48) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 22 3/4 (23, 23 1/4, 24) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 13 inches
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Armhole: 18 1/2 (18 1/2, 19, 19) inches

Ease: This garment is designed with a 3- to 4-inch ease around the chest.

Sample: Sizes 36 is pictured here.


Friendly Fair Isle Sweater | Purl Soho

The Friendly Fair Isle Sweater pattern is available for purchase as either a hard copy or download!

Update: New Sizes

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January 2015: Due to popular demand, we’ve now sized the Friendly Fair Isle Sweater for ages 12 months to 10 years. For additional information and more photos of the new kids sizes, click here!