Crochet Techniques

7 Fair Isle Crochet Patterns That “Float” Your Boat

We’re all familiar with the gorgeous knitted Fair Isle sweaters, but here’s a little secret for our Craftsy crocheters: Fair Isle crochet patterns can give you a similar look, including the yarn floats on the wrong side. While Fair Isle crochet patterns don’t always follow the same design standards as their knitting counterparts, why should knitters have all the fun?

From shawls to hats, try your hand — er,  hook —  at Fair Isle crochet patterns like these from our talented Craftsy designers.


Crochet forest owl basket

Photo via Craftsy member Deja Jetmir

Reversible forest trio baskets

Start small with the little leaf basket and eventually work your way up to the owl basket once you’re a Fair Isle crochet pro. A solid colored lining makes these baskets extra sturdy — and reversible! No one will ever know about or even catch a glimpse of those Fair Isle floats behind your work.

Get the Forest Trio Baskets Pattern here.

Crochet Fair Isle elephant and heart hats

Photo via Craftsy member Bowtykes

Fair My-Isle hat

Practice your Fair Isle crochet with three different designs that fit anyone from newborn to adult and every size in between. These patterns offer the perfect opportunity to practice floating the yarn along the back while avoiding any puckering or loose floats.

Get the Fair My-Isle Hat Patterns here.

Fair Isle crochet hat

Photo via Craftsy instructor Karen Whooley

Fair Isle hat

I totally swooned when I saw this hat, and it’s not just because the pattern uses one of my favorite colorways. This hat is exclusive to students enrolled in Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork with Karen Whooley, where you’ll learn how to crochet Fair Isle in the round without any yucky gaps between colors.

Find out more about the Fair Isle hat here.

Waves of plaid beanie

Photo via Craftsy member Deja Jetmir

Waves of plaid beanie

The colorful Fair Isle crochet hats just keep on coming. Dig through that stash and throw all your favorite colors together for this colorful beanie. This pattern includes 13 pages of Fair Isle tutorial complete with photos so even crocheters brand new to Fair Isle won’t be lost.

Get the Waves of Plaid Beanie Pattern here.

Fair Isle crochet baby beanie

Photo via Craftsy member thistlesntulips

Fair Isle beanie

If babies could talk, they’d demand more Fair Isle crochet hats. (Not really, but doesn’t it make you giggle to think about it?) This beanie luckily comes in all sizes, so you can make it for anyone from newborns to toddlers and adults.

Get the Fair Isle Beanie Pattern here.

Fair Isle crochet love beanie

Photo via Craftsy member Deja Jetmir

Fair Isle love beanie

A color chart for the Fair Isle design of this hat makes it super easy to follow. To make the pattern even easier, part of it uses a variegated yarn that does all the color changes for you. But shhh, we’ll keep quiet about that part! It can be our little secret.

Get the Fair Isle Love Beanie Pattern here.

Fair Isle poet shawl

Photo via Craftsy instructor Karen Whooley

Poet shawl

Available to students enrolled in Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork with Karen Whooley, the poet shawl has a pocket big enough to fit a book. They key to that pretty pocket is to float, or carry, your yarn along the back of the work without breaking it. Enroll in the class and you’ll not only get the pattern, you’ll also get step-by-step help from Karen for carrying those floats along the back to create that colorful pocket design.

Find out more about the poet shawl here.

Have you ever tried Fair Isle crochet?

One Comment

Felicity Elliott

I am very excited to learn how to do fair isle crochet. Do you perhaps have any patterns for fair isle crochet gloves?


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