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Joey's Fair Isle Beanie

from Sarah Montie Handknits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Joey's Fair Isle Beanie
Joey's Fair Isle Beanie Slouchy
Joey's Fair Isle Beanie
Joey's Fair Isle Beanie Slouchy
Joey's Fair Isle Beanie
Joey's Fair Isle Beanie Beanie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Simple Fair Isle

Pattern Description:

A Seemingly simple fair isle hat with a couple of tricks up my sleeve.

Wanting to make a hat for my son that he would wear, I suggested he create a color work design. Great design, except he had no idea how difficult it is to knit small stripes of different colors in the round. I also had to use an acrylic blend (because 100% wool is too itchy for him) and the typical beanie stretches out of shape in acrylic.
To solve these problems I designed a hat with a hem which gives stability, extra warmth and it hides all those ends. The traveling jogless stripe technique makes a very smooth transition for knitting stripes and detailed instructions are included. I didn't stop there however, I decided to also included a slouchy version.

How to change colors for the stripes in the round is fully explained along with how to knit the hem. A complete list of abbreviations, a stitch glossary explaining the techniques used in the project and graph are included. Experience with knitting in the round is recommended.
Level: advanced beginner to intermediate.


18 stitches & 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm


  • Size US7/4.5mm 16 inch circular needles

Suggested yarn:

105 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted
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