Fair Isle Knit Hat
Advanced | 52 min 22 sec
Kristin teaches Fair Isle — a traditional color work technique where two colors are knit in one row to create a geometric pattern. Although it looks complicated, it's actually very easy to follow Kristin's step by ste instruction and the chart to make this colorful hat. You'll learn how to do an elastic cast on, knit a garter stitch band in rows, and join the knitting to work the hat in rounds. A chart is used to build the colorwork pattern, decreases shape the top of the hat and duplicate stitches add a bit more color.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • one 16" size 5 needles
  • one 16" size 7 needles
  • size 7 double pointed needles
  • tapestry needle with blunt point
  • stitch marker
  • three colors of yarn
  • chart
  • scissors
  • steamer or iron and a spritzer bottle
Learn how to:
  • Work the traditional fair isle technique
  • Do an elastic cast on
  • Knit a garter stitch band in rows
  • Join the knitting to work the hat in rounds

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow lesson on how to knit the traditional fair isle technique
  • 12 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern included - $8 value
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert knitter Kristin Nicholas
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
57 users recommended this class to a friend
Cynthia Morgan
The pattern runs really small (no, I didn’t knit too tightly!). I suggest using the S/M as a child’s size and M/L as a small adult. Don’t use this pattern if you have a large head!
December 26, 2022
I’ve been knitting for 50 years and just learned some great techniques for working a fair isle pattern: 1. How to carry the second color yarn so there’s no puckering of the fabric. 2. A new way to cast on and keep the edge loose. 3. A better way to increase stitches. Thanks! You kept me engaged throughout. Great teacher!
More than 3 months ago
Lauren Braun
Delightful! I'm an "advanced beginner" and this was a really helpful class. I learned several new techniques - colorwork with a chart, switching needle sizes, using double pointed needles. I appreciate that you take the time to talk through your way of thinking as you go, especially when you demonstrate how to correct a mistake. Thank you for your encouragement to pay attention to the 'why' and not just follow a pattern. I think that is helping me advance forward from beginner. Thank you!
More than 3 months ago