I created this pattern using traditional Fair Isle charts as a little amusement for myself. Then I knit it over and over again because I adore colourwork and the look of this hat changes so much with each new colour combination. Everything about this pattern happens in multiples of ten and since this year I have been in business and professionally designing for ten years, it seems only fitting that I release this pattern for others to enjoy now.
Knit in the round from the bottom to the top. This hat fits a 56cm (22″) head. The instructions include directions for altering the size and the length to your preference.
- Vintage Purls superstar (70% N.Z. Polwarth 20% Tussah Silk 10% N.Z. Black Merino; 384 metres / 420 yards per 100g skein) OR Vintage Purls Tannahill (100% New Zealand Merino, 396 metres per 100g skein) in a selection of colours.
- 3.25mm 40cm needle or size that gives you gauge. And DPNS or long circular for magic loop in the same size.
- 2.75mm 40cm needle for rib (or a needle two sizes smaller than the needle your are using for the body of the hat.)
This pattern features a chart for a three-colour scheme and contains images and descriptions of other three and five colour schemes to help inspire you. But you can use as many colours as you like (or as few as two).
This hat’s appearance can change radically with colour choice and usage. You are encouraged to experiment and play to produce an item unique to you. A “colour your own” version of the chart is also provided to help you develop your own custom scheme.
It is important (for a good fit) to use a non-superwash, mostly wool yarn for this project. If you wish to knit it in a superwash yarn be aware that it will grow significantly with washing, you would be advised to swatch and experiement with your specific yarn to achieve the correct gauge after blocking.
28 stitches and 36 rows in 10cm (4″) in blocked stranded stocking stitch.
It is perfectly reasonable to start knitting the hat without a swatch and to stop and block it after a few inches to check gauge. Just be prepared to rip back and start again if your gauge is off.