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Free Knitting Pattern: Fair Isle Hat

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Lion Brand« Superwash Merino Cashmere
Pattern #: L0633
Rating: ****3.4 (based on 7 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference About 19 in. (48.5 cm)
Note: Hat will stretch to fit a range of sizes.

CORRECTIONS: None
 

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Intricate and beautiful, the details of this cozy hat make it a wonderful project for knitters who enjoy using the Fair Isle technique. Worked in Superwash Merino Cashmere, this hat is a luxuriously soft and warm gift for yourself, a lucky friend or a family member.
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Color (A)
Superwash Merino Cashmere

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Superwash Merino Cashmere

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Superwash Merino Cashmere
Ivory Blossom Seafoam Slate Ebony Charcoal Heather Green Tea Wine
*Superwash Merino Cashmere (Article #821). 72% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 13% Cashmere    ; package size: 1.40oz/40.00 gr. (87yds/80m) pull skeins

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Fair Isle Hat

Lion Brand« Superwash Merino Cashmere

GAUGE:

22 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) and Fair Isle pattern. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds (multiple of 2 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds.

Fair Isle Pattern (multiple of 4 sts)
Note:
When working Rnds 4, 6 and 7 carry unused color loosely up WS of work.
Rnds 1 and 2: With B, knit.
Rnd 3: *With B, k1; with A, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: With A, knit.
Rnd 5: *With A, k1; with B, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 6 and 7: With B, knit.
Rnd 8: *With B, k1; with A, k1; with B, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 8.
Rnd 13 and 14: Rep Rnds 1 and 2.
Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 16: With A, knit.
Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnds 18 and 19: With B, knit.
Rnd 20: *With A, k1, with B, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 21 and 22: Rep Rnds 10 and 11.
Rnd 23: Rep Rnd 10.
Rnd 24: Rep Rnd 20.
Rnds 25 and 26: With B, knit.
Rnds 27-29: Rep Rnds 3-5.

Fair Isle Pattern (Alternate) (multiple of 4 sts)
Note:
When working Rnds 4, 6 and 7 carry unused color loosely up WS of work.
Rnds 1 and 2: With B, knit.
Rnd 3: *With B, k1; with A, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: With A, knit.
Rnd 5: *With A, k1; with B, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 6 and 7: With B, knit.
Rnd 8: *With B, k1; with A, k1; with B, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 8.
Rep Rnds 1-12 for Fair Isle pattern.

Fair Isle Crown (top of Hat) Pattern (multiple of 6 sts)
Rnd 1:
*With B, k3; with A, k1; with B, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: *With B, k2; with A, k3; with B, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: *With B, k1; with A, k5; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: *With A, k3; with B, k1; with A, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *With A, k2; with B, k1; with A, k1; with B, k1; with A, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: *With A, k1; with B, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: *With B, k1; with A, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

NOTES:

1. Hat in photograph was worked with Fair Isle patterns slightly askew, for a witty take on traditional Fair Isle. If you wish to make the Hat as shown, work Rnds 1-29 following Fair Isle Chart or written instructions for Fair Isle Pattern Rnds 1-29 for the body of the Hat. If you prefer to make a Hat with a more traditional look, follow Fair Isle Chart (Alternate) or written instructions for Fair Isle Pattern (Alternate) for the body of the Hat. Chart (or written instructions) for crown is the same for both Hats.
2. When working Fair Isle patterns, carry color not in use across WS of work.
3. Fair Isle patterns can be worked from written instructions or by following the Charts. When following Charts, work in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) and follow every rnd on Chart from right to left.

HAT
With A, cast on 104 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
With A, work 36 rnds in K1, p1 Rib.
With B, knit 1 rnd.

Begin Fair Isle Pattern
Beg with Rnd 1, work 29 rnds in Fair Isle pattern of your choice.
Note: To work 29 rows in Fair Isle (Alternate) pattern, work Rows 1-12 twice, then rep Rows 1-5 once more.
Next Rnd: With B, *k6, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 91 sts at the end of this rnd.

Crown (top of Hat)
Next Rnd:
With B, k to last 2 sts, k2tog - 90 sts at the end of this rnd.
Beg with Rnd 1, work 7 rnds of Fair Isle Crown pattern.
Cut B, continue with A only.

Shape Crown
Rnd 1: *K7, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 80 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 70 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 60 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 50 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 8: Knit.
Rnd 9: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 40 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 10: Knit.
Rnd 11: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 30 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 12: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd - 15 sts at the end of this rnd.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: ****3.4 (based on 7 reviews)
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Fair Isle Hat Reviewed by on 2012-12-31 ***
The pattern turned out wonderfully. Unfortunately, the hat is huge! And this is coming from someone with a rather large head. I am trying to shrink it. Hopefully it works, because this is really a lovely pattern.


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