There are a few different techniques to achieve fair isle knitting using two colors in each of the rows. I am a continental knitter and prefer to either hold both colors in my left hand (main color over my index finger, second color over my middle finger) or I pick up the color I am using and drop the other color. Some knitters hold each color in opposite hands. There are plenty of YouTube videos on the various techniques, that’s how I practiced and learned then adapted what worked for my hands!
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, Size 6 Super Bulky (multiple colors)
I used these colors for the featured hat in picture:
- Color 1: Fisherman cream – first 4 rows of the brim (about 10 yards)
- Color 2: Slate gray (about 40 yards)
- Color 3: Navy blue (about 40 yards)
- Knitting Needles: 10mm, 16″ circular
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch marker to mark beginning/end of the row (optional)
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS (U.S. TERMS)
- K1 = Knit 1
- P1 = Purl 1
- K2tog – Knit 2 together
- sts = stitches
Long tail cast-on: 48 sts
Rows 1-4 in Fisherman Cream (ribbing rows): K1, P1 around (48 sts)
Rows 5-8 in Slate gray (ribbing rows): K1, P1 around (48 sts)
Rows 9-15 continued in Slate gray: K1 around (48 sts)
Row 16: *Slate gray K1, Navy Blue K1* repeat * to * around (48 sts)
Row 17: *Navy Blue K1, Slate gray K1* repeat * to * around (48 sts)
Rows 18-27 Navy blue: K1 around (48 sts)
Rows 28-30, Decrease Rows
Row 28: K2tog, K1 around (reduces the total to 32 sts)
Row 29: K1 around (32 sts)
Row 30: *K2tog, K1* repeat * to *, K1, K1 (reduces the total to 22 sts)
Note: Row 30 gets pretty tight on circular needles but I don’t switch to double pointed needles, I just pull the cord through the stitches but you can skip this row if it’s too difficult, it doesn’t make a big difference.
Pom is optional, of course!
When it’s the length you like:
Cut yarn leaving an 8″ tail then thread through the remaining loops and remove from needles, cinch closed and weave end to the inside to secure.
Great work – You’ve created a beautiful knit winter hat and I hope you will post your finished work on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag me in photos, in your story, and in your posts using the hashtag #becciebcreative to add it to the news feeds. You will have a chance to be featured or re-grammed!
Thank you for reading, following, & always keep creating!
~ Beccie B.