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Fair Isle Hat Pattern | The Fir


This fair isle hat pattern is an excellent project for anyone who wants to try knitting with two colors in their work.

This hat is perfect for the colder weather, worn with a warm coat or a chunky knit sweater.

This hat pattern is a great advanced beginner project for anyone who is wanting to learn some new skills.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

fair isle knitted beanie in green and white

An Easy Knit Hat Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

There is also stranded colorwork in the pattern, this means that you will knit with more than one color.

*Please scroll down to see the free knitting pattern*

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free beanie hat knitting pattern

Fair Isle Knitting

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

The color 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.

  • 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.
beanie hat knitting pattern free

The yarn I used

I made the beanie hat using two yarns – the first was Drops Eskimo Print which is 100% wool in the color 28.

The color is perfect for winter and reminds me of the forest with all of those different shades of green.

I also used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in fisherman 099 for the top of the hat and in the pom-pom.

This was knit up quite quickly and used only one skein of yarn from the Drops Eskimo print and scraps of the fisherman.

Any super bulky weight yarn 06 will be okay to use for this pattern.

super bulky fair isle hat
knitted winter hat with a pom pom

More Free 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, babies, and kids in the hat pattern library. – Hat Patterns

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

beanie hat knit in super bulky yarn

The Fir Knit Hat Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The easy-knit hat works up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Depending on the size of your circular needles you may have to use the magic loop method. (View tutorial – Magic loop knitting | step by step)

The brim is knit in 1×1 ribbing, with the main body of the hat in what looks like stockinette stitch (this is created when you knit every round on circular knitting needles).

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman/Adult medium
  • Height w/o pom = 8.5 inches / Width (flat and unstretched) = 8 inches
  • To fit circumference head size – around 22-26 inches.

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm.

The Supplies You Need…




Other Tools

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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Hat Pattern

Yarn A – Main color (green) Yarn B – Accent color – (white)

  • Cast on 38 sts, join in the round, and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • K1, P1 every round in 1×1 rib until piece measures 2 inches.
  • CO 1 stitch at the beg of the round, then knit the rem sts in yarn A. (39 sts).
  • Knit 5 rounds in Yarn A.
  • Knit 2 sts in Yarn A, Knit 1 st with Yarn B – add in this color by knitting the next st and knitting with the accent color.

*Tip – when you knit with the accent color (yarn B) don’t pull tight so that you will be able to see the stitches*

  • Rep until the end of the round.
  • Knit next round with Yarn A.
  • Knit next round with Yarn A.
  • Knit 2 sts in Yarn A, Knit 1 st with Yarn B – rep to the end of the round.
  • Knit next round with Yarn A.
  • Knit 1 st Yarn B, Knit 2 sts Yarn A – rep to the end of the round.
  • Knit next round with Yarn B.
  • Knit 2 sts in Yarn B, Knit 1 st with Yarn A – rep to the end of the round.
  • Knit next round with Yarn B.
  • Knit 1 st in Yarn A, Knit 2 sts with Yarn B – rep to the end of the round.
  • Cont to knit hat with Yarn B for 11 rounds.

Decrease the crown

  • *K1, K2tog* rep from * to * to the end of the round, K1.
  • Cut a length of yarn and thread through the darning needle, then thread through the rem sts on the needles and pull up tight.
  • Secure the top of the hat by pulling it together and fastening off the inside of the hat.
  • Sew in any loose ends and make sure you secure the accent yarn that is loose on the inside of the hat.
  • Add a pom pom if you wish.

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Happy Knitting!

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  1. Hi, I put my hat project on pinterest, I didn’t have circular knitting needkes, so I used my straight needle, unfortunately my bulky yarn didn’t match the gauge so I didn’t make the pattern exactly, but you inspired me and sure my hat project refed to your pattern idea, thank you

    1. Hi Sabreen, I’m so happy you like the pattern and that it inspired you to make a hat! Happy knitting 🙂