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This versatile three-color fair isle pattern would look great in a third-grader's favorite team colors - or favorite Hogwarts house colors. A single pattern from the collection, Elementary Hats, also available on Craftsy. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting in the round, casting on, binding off, easy two-color knitting. GAUGE 5.5 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch in the round. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Child-sized: 7.5" from brim to top when measured flat. See guidelines in pattern for sizing up or down. SUGGESTED YARN 170 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN I used Cascade 220 and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Recommended with this pattern

  • 3 colors of worsted weight wool. In the example, I used Cascade 220 and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. You'll need about 70 yards of two main colors and fewer than 30 yards of the third contrasting color.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • 16" circular needles, size US 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge (I am a loose knitter so in the example, I used size US 6) and additional needles for small-diameter knitting (DPNs, a second circular or a long Magic Loop needle). For a tighter fit around the head, knit the brim in one size smaller needles and then go up a size for the body of the hat.

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