#FreeYourSkeins2015 Day 10: ‘Little Fair Isle Hat’ by Purl Soho

'Little Fair Isle Hat' by Purl Bee. Image Copyright Purl Bee.
‘Little Fair Isle Hat’ by Purl Bee. Image Copyright Purl Bee.

Keeping the little ones in stylish knitwear!

Ever wanted to try Fair Isle? The Little Fair Isle Hat by Purl Soho could be the ideal introduction to this technique, opening up the world of stranded colour work to your needles. It’s a free pattern for a child’s hat, which comes in three sizes. It uses six different shades to create the colour gradient on the motif, by pairing a large skein with five shades of needlepoint yarns, which come in 3g/10m balls. Of course, I advocate using a single skein of self stripe for the motif here, for simplicity, but it would also work with mini skein gradient sets. Alternatively, it would be a wonderful way to use up odds and ends of different colours left over from other projects, which makes it a thrifting and stash busting dream!

Yarn-wise, a 100% merino or BFL base would be ideal for this project, to give structure and warmth. Also, consider using 75% Merino/25% Nylon standard sock base yarns for this. It’s something lots of us have left over from other projects; it’s hard wearing and easy to care for, something very important when making knits for children!

What would you knit yours in?


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