Mosaic Fair Isle Hat
One autumn while vacationing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan I visited all the local yarn shops I could find. Knowing it would be some time before I would be up that way again I went nuts buying yarn. I had my heart set on designing a new Fair Isle hat so…for the first time in my knitting career, I bought any and all the yarn I wanted. To tell you the truth; after that particular vacation, I really don’t think I will ever “need” to buy yarn again. If you notice in the last sentence I wrote “need”…I didn’t say anything about “want”! 🙂
When I returned to the house I was sharing for the week with my eight siblings I laid my new treasures on the couch. My brother, Bill, walked in at that time and I told him I was going to design a Fair Isle hat while enjoying these beautiful fall colors. I told him to choose the two colors he liked for his hat…I think he did a great job!
This pattern is the result of that vacation. I really like it and I hope you do too!
The pattern includes a chart for each individual Fair Isle stitch pattern, not one large Fair Isle chart just to be used for this pattern alone. I individualized the Fair Isle stitch patterns to help open up the creative minds of the individual knitters. For example, you can switch up the different stitch patterns (knit them in a completely different order than I have written). Or you could choose just one or two of the different stitch patterns and work them into a cowl, scarf, sox or even a completely different hat. Now as I always say…Walk a bit deeper into the water. I am here to help, you just need to ask.
Materials I used:
CascadeYarns/220 Superwash; 100% Superwash Wool. 220yrds/200m/100g/3.5oz.
1 skein in each color of Color: A #853/Butterscotch, B #817/Aran.
Size US6 (4mm) 16″ (40cm) circular needle.
2 Size US7 (4.5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular needles- or size needed to get gauge. You will need to divide the stitches between the 2 circular needles when the stitches start to stretch too tight around the needle.
Stitch Markers: 5.
20sts/4″ (10cm) in Fair Isle stitch pattern worked in rounds on larger size needles.