Fair Isle patterns have been catching my eye lately . . . and I kinda sorta need a new hat . . . so instead of working my to do list this week, I made this hat. It’s based off a knitting pattern and once I was beyond the point of no return, I remembered that crochet patterns with a single stitch diagonal line generally don’t work. Maybe one day I’ll learn to knit so I can make these kinds of creations properly.
G Hook (Furls)
Lion Brand Heartland in Black Canyon (MC)
Lion Brand Landscapes in Coral Reef (CC)
#5 Cotton Thread
Abbreviations & Notes
MC – Main Color
CC – Contrast Color
SC – Single Crochet
BLO – Back Loop Only
Ch. – Chain
St. – Stitch
SC2Tog – Single Crochet Two Together
When working in Fair Isle, float the yarn behind the stitches until it is used again. If it won’t be used for more than 5 stitches, work it behind the middle stitch so it doesn’t get too loopy. Don’t pull the floats too tight. (I’m not quite sure how I feel about this technique vs carrying the non-used color under the stitches. It seems a bit messy to me.)
When floating the yarn, keep the main color on top and the contrast color on the bottom when bringing them in and out of your stitches. Using them consistently will prevent the yarns from twisting.
This hat was inspired by this free knit Bernat Mosiac pattern. http://com.yarnspirations.pattern-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/Bernat_Mosaicweb8_kn_hat.en_US.pdf. This was made to fit my large head.
With MC chain 8
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, SC across (7)
Rows 2-80: SC in BLO across (7)
Join ends with slip stitch across.
Body of Hat
Round 1: With MC ch1, work 90 SC evenly around the side of the brim, join to 1st st. (90)
Rounds 2-13: Work the first twelve rows of the 18 stitch repeat of Chart I 5 times. Ch 1 at the beginning and join to 1st st of each round. (90)
Round 14: With CC, ch 1, SC around, join to first st. (90)
Round 15: With MC, ch 1, (13 SC, SC2Tog) six times, join to first st. (84)
Rounds 16-29: Work the first thirteen rows of the 12 stitch repeat of Chart II 7 times. Ch 1 at the beginning and join to 1st st of each round. Move the decreases (SC2Tog) marked in row 15 down to row 13. (42 at the end of round 29)
Round 30: With MC, ch 1, SC around, join to first st. (42)
Round 31: Ch 1, (SC, SC2Tog) fourteen times. (28)
Round 32: Ch 1, SC2Tog across. (14)
Round 33: Ch 1, SC2Tog across. (7). Fasten off with long tail to close. With tapestry needle weave in and out of stitches in final round and pull tight to close. Weave in ends and attach pom pom.
Pom Pom Pattern
I made a pom pom following this tutorial from KMT Creations. https://kmtcreations.weebly.com/untitled/faux-fur-pompom-tutorial