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Fairest Isle Beanie Using Rowan Valley Tweed

Fairest Isle Beanie Using Rowan Valley Tweed

"Fair Isle flurries and flakes!"

We love a classic beanie—but pretty Fair Isle makes this free pattern the fairest of them all! Just above a cozy ribbed brim (promising a comfy, snug fit), stranded colorwork flurries and flakes drift around your noggin. The snowflake motif has a traditional Nordic look that’s got us dreaming of snowy romps!

Knit in Rowan Valley Tweed, this beanie has just the right of woolliness. Light, strong, and hardy, this fiber is spun from 100% Shetland wool (a thread of which is lambswool for softness). The color palette of earthy greys, and richly flecked jewel tones will inspire any number of handsome colorways for this fair hat!

Click on the Free Pattern tab to see the hat pattern. Then choose a charming colorway below. If you'd like to put together your own colorway, visit the Rowan Valley Tweed page.

Adult: 20"/51cm circumference, 8½"/21.5cm deep, after blocking.

3 skeins Rowan Valley Tweed (226 yds/207m), one each in 3 colors. Designate Main Color (MC), Border Color (BC), and Snowflake Color (SC).
Shown in 105 Gordale (MC), 107 Wold's Poppy (BC) and 101 Malham (SC).
Or, in an equivalent sport-weight yarn: 120 yds/110m of MC; 14 yds/13m of BC; 13 yds/12m of SC.

Gauge needle: US 4 (3.5mm) 16"/40cm circular needle and set of double pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Smaller needle: US 3 (3.25mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or one size smaller than gauge needle, for ribbing.
Larger needle: US 5 (3.75mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or one size larger for than gauge needle, for fair isle pattern.
5 stitch markers, including one in a unique color.
Darning needle to finish.

Approx. 26 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; M1 = make one (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); P = purl; St(s) = stitch(es).

Cast on: With BC, using smaller needle and using cable cast-on method, cast on 128 sts. Do not join in the round yet.
Change to MC and work as follows:
Row 1: *K2, P2*: repeat between * * to end of round.
Place marker in contrasting color and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Continue in the round in K2/P2 ribbing until piece measures 1"/2.5cm from cast-on edge.

Fair Isle pattern: Change to larger needle and work all 23 rows of Fair Isle chart.

Straight section: Change to gauge needle and work in stockinette st (knit every round) until piece measures 5"/12.5cm from cast-on edge. Note: The remaining decrease rounds will add approx. 3½"/9cm.
On next round, increase 2 sts evenly around, using M1. [130 sts]
Knit one more round, placing 4 more markers every 26 sts.

Decrease rounds: Note: Change to double-point needles when necessary.

Round 1: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * around. [5 sts decreased]
Round 2: Knit, slipping markers.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 65 sts remain.
Then, repeat Round 1 only (decreasing every round) until 5 sts remain.
Break yarn, leaving an 8" tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 5 sts one at a time. Draw up tightly. Repeat for strength. Weave in ends on wrong side.

Finishing: Soak for 20 minutes in tepid water with a no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll up in a towel and gently squeeze out more moisture. Lay flat to dry, gently pulling to desired dimensions. Allow to dry thoroughly; steam out any folds.

Download printable "Fairest Isle Beanie" pdf pattern.

COLORWAY: Orcas. One skein each of Gordale, Wold's Poppy & Malham.

COLORWAY: San Juan. One skein each of Janet's Foss, Hardraw & Littondale.

COLORWAY: Shaw. One skein each of Raydale, Bedale & Littondale.

COLORWAY: Lopez. One skein each of Bedale, High Force & Malham.