February is the month of love! And what better way to show you readers some love besides providing a cute Valentine’s Tiny Hearts Fair Isle free pattern? Hope you enjoy this and if you live in a cold spot like me in February, hope it warms your heart and your head, too, of course! Great colors to release in pictures before Valentine’s Day but this is definitely a versatile Fair Isle knitting pattern with so many color options. I’m sure you’ll come up with some great combinations. An ad-free printable PDF version of this patterns is available on Ravelry with the full-size charts.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, Size 6 Super Bulky (multiple colors)
I used these colors for the featured hat in picture:
- Cranberry – Main color (used about 3/4 skein)
- White – V-Color 2 (about 30 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
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!
Long tail cast-on 48 sts
All rows are 48 sts until the decrease rows 28-30.
|Row||1-4||Color1: K1, P1 around (Ribbing Rows)|
|Row||5-6||V-Color: K1, P1 around (Ribbing Rows)|
|Row||7-8||Color1: K1, P1 around (Ribbing Rows)|
|Row||9-10||Main Color: K1 Around|
|Row||11||*Main Color K3, V-Color K1*, Repeat * to * around|
|Row||12||Main Color K1 Around|
|Row||13||Main Color K1, *V-Color K1, Main Color K3*, Repeat * to * around, Main Color K2|
|Row||14||Main Color K1 Around|
|Row||15-26||Repeat Rows 11 to 14|
|Row||27||Color1: K1 around|
|Row||28||Color 1: K2tog, K1 (reduces total sts from 48 to 32 sts)|
|Row||29||Color1: K1 around|
|Row||30||Color 1: K2tog, K1, K1 (reduces total sts from 32 to 22 sts)|
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.