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Lisa has been knitting all her life, Hats and Mittens, Cowls and Doll Sweaters are favorite things to design. They are fast, easy
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Fairly Easy Isle Hat

from Lisa McFetridge
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Fairly Easy Isle Hat
Fairly Easy Isle Hat Fairly Easy Isle Hat wit Top Knot
Fairly Easy Isle Hat
Fairly Easy Isle Hat
Fairly Easy Isle Hat
Fairly Easy Isle Hat Fairly Easy Isle Hat

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit in the round
  • Able to knit 2 colors on a round

Pattern Description:

Stash Busting! It's time to use up some of the little balls of yarn collected over the years. All colors you love. Line them up like a rainbow and get to work on this simple slouchy hat with corrugated rib that is worked in the round.

Never more that 2 colors in a round and no need to "carry" yarns as there are no floats long enough to need carrying. A great first fair isle, take the time to learn to carry the other yarn loosely and end up with a very sophisticated looking cap. Top it with the optional "TopKnot" that is stuffed with the trimmed tails from all your colors, it's recycling at its best.

In Child and Adult sizes, provide a base color and 7 small balls of yarn. Be brave, use all the colors of the rainbow, or choose 6 balls of different tones of one color and 1 ball of white and go from light to dark or dark to light!


21 sts x 25 rows in stranded stockinette stitch, blocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • both sizes 10 ins tall
  • adult size 20.5 ins circumference
  • child size 18.5 ins circumference


  • US Size 7 24 inch circular needles and DPNS
  • US Size 6 24 inch circular needle
  • seam needle
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

220 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes is the base color in photo, WOA and Cascade 220 are the rainbow colors, but any worsted weights that swatch up the same can be used.


Brown shown, with rainbow accents