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Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern

Choose your favorite combination of colors to knit this easy fair isle hat pattern!

Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern
Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern
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Fair isle or stranded knitting can be daunting to new knitters, but patterns like the Simple Fair Isle Hat Pattern are a gentle introduction. With floats no more than two stitches long, there's no unnecessary catching or tucking you'll have to do to keep each color of yarn manageable. With Caron's collaboration with Pantone, there are a ton of color combinations you can choose from to make the hat of your dreams; pick your favorite colors or the colors you need to match your favorite new winter outfit.


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.

Finished SizeOne size to fit adult.

Materials List

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

    • Version 1 or Version 2: Purple Pops (01017) - 1 braid

    • Version 3: Provincial Lilac (01013) - 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. Before working with Caron® x Pantone™ multi-shade yarn braid, separate each color link and wind into 5 separate balls for each braid

  2. Each color link will be referenced by its Pantone™ color # (see label).

  3. 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).

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

  5. 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.

    See chart version 1
    See chart version 2
    See chart version 3


With A and set of smaller double-pointed needles, cast on 72 sts.

Divide sts evenly over 3 needles (24-24-24).

Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

1st to 10th rnds: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.

Break A.

Change to B and larger set of needles.

With B, knit 8 rnds.

Knit rnds 1 to 16 of Chart, reading rows from right to left, noting 4-st rep will be worked 18 times.

Break B and C.

With D, shape top as follows:

1st rnd: *K8.Center Dec. K7. Rep from * around. 64 sts.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: *K7. Center Dec. K6. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
5th rnd: *K6.Center Dec. K5. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
7th rnd: *K5. Center Dec. K4. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
9th rnd: *K4.Center Dec. K3. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
11th rnd: *K3.Center Dec. K2. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
12th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 12 sts.

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

  1. 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.


Center Dec (worked over 3 sts)
Slip next 2 stitches as if to K2tog, K1, then pass slipped sts over knit st - center of 3 sts should be on top of decrease, 2 sts have been decreased
Knit next 2 stitches together
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass themb ack onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
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