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Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern (Baby)

This adorable little knit hat pattern is the most stylish way to keep baby cozy this winter!

Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern for Babies
Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern for Babies
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If there's any member of your family that needs to be bundled up this winter, it's the baby! This Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern for babies is the best way to keep the little one snug, and maybe even match him in the process! This simple fair isle design is easy-to-follow and never utilizes more than two colors from the same braid of Caron x Pantone yarn at once. If your bundle of joy is a little more grown-up, this easy fair isle hat pattern is also available in child's sizes, and the best part is that you can pick the set of colors that your child loves the most to customize it!


Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge15 sts and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking stitch.

Materials List

  • Caron® x Pantone™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 127 yds/116 m)

    • Sizes 6/12 mos (18/24 mos, 3/5 yrs, 6/8 yrs)

      • Size 6/12 mos Version shown in: Morning Blues (01016) - 1 (1, 1, 1) braid

      • Size 6/8 yrs Version shown in: Ultra Violet Minerals (01012) - 1 (1, 1, 1) braid

  • Set of 4 sizes U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) and U.S. 10 (6 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch marker



  1. SIZES

    To fit head circumference

    6/12 months: 17" [43 cm]
    18/24 months: 18" [45.5 cm]
    3 to 5 years: 19" [48 cm]
    6 to 8 years: 20" [51 cm]

  2. Before working with Caron® x Pantone™ multi-shade yarn braid, separate each color link and wind into 5 separate balls.

  3. Each color link will be referenced by its Pantone™ number (see label)

  4. Designate each different shade of the 5 separate yarn balls as Contrast A, B, C, D and E as noted in Materials section (or as desired).

    See pictured designations here.

  5. Due to finite amount of yarn in each shade, pattern gauge must be matched to ensure successful results

  6. When working from charts, carry yarn not in use loosely across WS of work but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color not in use. The colors are never twisted around one another.


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

  1. HAT

    With A and set of smaller double-pointed needles, cast on 56 (60-64-68) sts.

    Divide sts onto 3 needles.

    Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

    1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.
    Rep last rnd (K2. P2) ribbing 5 (7-7-7) times more.

    Break A.

    Change to B and set of larger needles.

    With B, knit 6 (6-16-16) rnds.

    Knit rnds 1 to 14 (14-6-8) of Chart, reading rows from right to left, noting 4-st rep will be worked 14 (15-16-17) times.

    Break B and C.

  2. Shape Top

    With D, shape top as follows:

    1st rnd: *K6 (6-7-7). Center Dec. K5 (6-6-7). Rep from * around. 48 (52-56-60) sts.
    2nd and alt rnds: Knit.3rd rnd: *K5 (5-6-6). Center Dec. K4 (5-5-6). Rep from * around. 40 (44-48-52) sts.
    5th rnd: *K4 (4-5-5). Center Dec. K3 (4-4-5). Rep from * around. 32 (36-40-44) sts.
    7th rnd: *K3 (3-4-4). Center Dec. K2 (3-3-4). Rep from * around. 24 (28-32-36) sts.
    9th rnd: *K2 (2-3-3). Center Dec. K1 (2-2-3). Rep from * around. 16 (20-24-28) sts

    Sizes 3/5 yrs and 6/8 yrs only:

    11th rnd: *K2. Center Dec. K1(2). Rep from * around. 16 (20) sts

    All sizes:

    Next rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 (10-8-10) sts.

    Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread end through rem sts and draw up tightly. Fasten securely.

  3. Pompom

    Wind E around 4 fingers approx 100 times. Remove from fingers and tie tightly in center. Cut through each side of loops. Trim to a smooth round shape. Sew to top of Hat.

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