Laura’s Fair Isle Hat

Laura’s Fair Isle Hat

Laura's Beanie

I can’t believe I made this hat in 2 days!  Usually I pfaff about so much it takes an age to get anything done but with the knowledge of not being able to knit or crochet for a while after a carpal tunnel release operation I had to focus.  The hat still needs a pompom but that will be done soon.  I can’t wait to see a photo of Laura in her new hat.  It’s so lovely to get a request and be able to fulfill it.

Laura 1

DROPS Lima

Light Grey (LG) 9010

Heather (H) 4088

Ruby Red (RR) 5820

Grey Blue (GB) 6235

Ice Blue (IB) 8112

Abbreviations:

K – knit

P – purl

St/s – stitche/es

Rpt – repeat

K2tog tbl – knit 2 together through back of loop.

Using 4.5mm circular needles and Drops Lima light grey, cast on 104sts.

Join in the round and work K2, P2 rib for 10 rows.

Change to stocking stitch and inc 16sts evenly across the row. (120sts)

Work 4 more rows in LG.

Laura's Fair IsleBegin to work Fair Isle pattern.

Row 1: LG1, H1, LG2, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, LG1,  rpt to end of row

Row 2: LG2, H3, LG2, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, rpt to end of row

Row 3: RR2, GB1, RR2, GB2, RR1, GB1, RR1, GB2 rpt to end of row

Row 4: RR1, GB3, RR2, GB2, RR1, GB2, RR1 rpt to end of row

Row 5: GB2, H1, GB2, H2, GB3, H2, rpt to end of row

Row 6: RR1, GB3, RR2, GB2, RR1, GB2, RR1 rpt to end of row

Row 7: RR2, GB1, RR2, GB2, RR1, GB1, RR1, GB2 rpt to end of row

Row 8: LG2, H3, LG2, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, rpt to end of row

Row 9: LG1, H1, LG2, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, LG1, H1, LG1,  rpt to end of row

Row 10: LG

Row 11: LG

Row 12: LG1, GB3 rpt to end of row

Row 13: GB1, LG1 rpt to end of row

Row 14: GB2, KG1, GB1 rpt to end of row

Row 15: GB1, LG1 rpt to end of row

Row 16: LG1, GB3 rpt to end of row

Row 17: LG

Row 18: LG

Row 19: H2, IB3, H1 rpt to end of row

Row 20: H1, IB1, H3, IB1 rpt to end of row

Row 21: IB1, GB2, rpt to end of row

Row 22: GB2, IB3, GB1 rpt to end of row

Row 23: IB1, GB2, rpt to end of row

Row 24: H1, IB1, H3, IB1 rpt to end of row

Row 25: H2, IB3, H1 rpt to end of row

Row 26: LG

Row 27: LG

Row 28: RR1, LG1, RR1 rpt to end of row

Row 29: RR1, LG1, RR1 rpt to end of row

Row 30: H1, RR1, H1 rpt to end of row

Row 31: RR1, LG1, RR1 rpt to end of row

Row 32: RR1, LG1, RR1 rpt to end of row

Once the Fair Isle pattern has been completed, knit 4 rows LG.

Decrease for top as follows:

Row 1: *k13, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 112sts)

Row 2 and every other row: k

Row 3:  *k12, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 104sts)

Row 5:  *k11, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 96sts)

Row 7:  *k10, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 88sts)

Row 9:  *k9, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 80sts)

Row 11:  *k8, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 72sts)

Row 13:  *k7, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 64sts)

Row 15:  *k6, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 56sts)

Row 17:  *k5, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 48sts)

Row 19:  *k4, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 40sts)

Row 21:  *k3, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 32sts)

Row 23:  *k2, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 24sts)

Row 25:  *k1, k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 16sts)

Row 27:  *k2tog tbl* rpt to end of row (8 decreases 8sts)

Break off yarn and thread through a needle.  Sew through the stitches on the needle. Fasten off.

For best results, gently squeeze water through the hat.  Block the hat by cutting a piece of thin plastic cutting board to shape, slightly larger than the hat when folded flat.  Place the board inside the hat and leave to dry.

Make pompom and attach to top of hat.

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