Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern

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This fair isle hat pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

I wanted to share with you an easy hat to knit, that has two colours and a holiday vibe!

This hat is perfect for the colder weather, as it has been knit with super bulky yarn, in Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca (red) and fisherman (the white) Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.

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Free fair isle hat knitting pattern

Fair Isle Hat Pattern

Fair Isle knitting, which also known more accurately as stranded knitting, is a technique for working two (or more) colours of yarn in the same row.

The colour changes in Fair Isle are close together, as this allows you to simply carry the yarn you aren’t knitting with across the back of the piece as you go.

You will pick up each strand as you need it and this leaves a strand of yarn on the inside of the work.

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The Terms

Fair Isle knitting is pretty easy to do and in this case, makes a nice warm knitted hat because all those strands of yarn add extra bulk and warmth.

Stranded knitting is often worked in the round, and it’s even easier to do that way than flat.

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Quick Knit Hat

The hat pattern is easy to make, with beginner knitters in mind.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ribbing, learn to knit in the round and it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

This knitted hat has two colours, so if you have never knit with more than one colour, it will also introduce you to this technique.

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Knit Hat

I made the chunky beanie hat using two yarns – Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca in red and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in fisherman for the accent colour.

The yarns are both super bulky weight 06, so any yarn in that weight category will be fine to use.

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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® – Kale – 172
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® – Claret – 143
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® – Slate – 148
Lion Brand Hometown Yarn – Cincinnati Red – 113
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Knitting In The Round

I knit this hat on size 10 mm (US 15) 16″ circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.

If you are new to using circulars, once you get used to them, they soon become your favourites to work on.

I find it difficult to knit hats flat and I don’t like to seam them at the end, it just feels wrong somehow!

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The Knitting Basics

The hat uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl, to create 1×1 ribbing for the brim of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases for the crown of the hat.

The hat can be worn as a slouchy beanie if you add an extra 1 inch or 1.5 inches in length or more fitted.

To make this hat you will need to know the following:

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Knitted Hats For Women

This hat pattern for women is great for any beginners who are looking for an easy project, as it is perfect for practising the basic knitting stitches.

The hat size is for adults and can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger, just measure the circumference of the recipients head and adjust the number of stitches you cast on.

For example, I cast on 38 stitches for a woman, but for some people, you may need to cast on 40 stitches or more (or less, for example, 36 sts if they have a small head).

easy fair isle hat pattern

Easy Fair Isle Hat Pattern

This fair isle hat is perfect for the holidays, to meet friends for a hot chocolate, wearing to Christmas markets, and any other time throughout Christmas!

Wherever you want to wear this hat, it will be sure to keep you warm and toasty, protecting you from the cold winds and icy temperatures.

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Knit Hat Patterns

If you would like to make more knitted items/hats for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

There are also hat patterns for women, men, baby and kids in the hat pattern library.

You may also like these free patterns for adult sized hats:

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Free Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern

Make this fair isle hat with an easy to print out pattern below, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments or leave a review!

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Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern

Fair Isle Hat Knitting Pattern
This knit hat pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit. I wanted to share with you an easy hat to knit, that has two colours and a little bit of fair isle work.
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $15


  • 1 skein of super bulky yarn - white (LionBrand wool ease thick and quick in fisherman) - you don't need a full skein of this, just enough for the accent colour and the pom pom.
  • 1 skein of super bulky yarn - Red - Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca.
  • Super bulky weight (06) – 106 yards.


  • Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure
  • Pom pom maker


Yarn A – Red / Yarn B – White

  1. Cast on > 38 sts in Yarn A
  2. 1st rnd: K1, P1 to form rib (join in the round and be careful not to twist)
  3. Knit in rib until work measures 2 inches from the co edge
  4. Next row: M1 stitch and knit the round / so you now have 39 sts.
  5. Next row: (Add in Yarn B)
  6. *Knit 2 Yarn A, Knit 1 Yarn B / add in the accent colour by knitting normally and knit those stitches loosely so that when the hat is worn, those stitches don't get lost in the fabric.
  7. Knit 2 rows Yarn A*
  8. These two rows from * to * form the pattern – continue until the hat measures 8 inches from cast on edge.
  9. Decrease =
  10. Shape top: 1st rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around till last st K1.
  11. 2nd rnd: Knit.
  12. 3rd rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around.
  13. Break yarn. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  14. Sew in any loose ends.
  15. Make a pom pom and securely fasten to the top of the hat.


Measurements - Height w/o pom = 8.5 inches / Width (flat and unstretched) = 9 inches

Gauge – 6 stitches = 2 inches

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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