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If you can’t get enough of the hygge lifestyle, we think you’re going to love cuddling up to this week’s challenge! The traditional style of Fair Isle knitting can be easily spotted thanks to iconic design elements such as bands of patterns in simplified geometric shapes, small repeating motifs, and a palette of multiple colors.


When designing your entry in the Fair Isle Design Challenge, think about what the Spoonflower community could make with your design, and get creative with color. From Christmas stockings to winter lounge pants to gift wrap, your design should reflect the cozy feeling this knitting technique is known for.


  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Fair Isle Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 3 PM EST.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 50 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.


  • 10/05/2018: Submissions open
  • 11/06/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 11/08/2018: Public voting opens
  • 11/13/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 11/15/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Vintage Travel Poster Tea Towel Design Challenge

Vintage Travel Tea Towel

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced October 29

Cozy Reading Design Challenge

Cozy Reading

See the Challenge

Voting begins October 29

Snail Mail Design Challenge

Snail Mail

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 3 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 5

Game Night Design Challenge

Game Night

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 10 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 12

Current Challenge Past Challenges