I’m so ready for cold weather months! I can’t wait to start cuddling up with blankets, hunkering down with warm mugs, and most of all, bundling up in hats and sweaters.
That’s why I’m so excited to share this Fair Isle Crochet Hat Pattern designed by our fabulous guest designer, Tori Bateman.
I love fair isle patterns and am happy to see them popping up all over the place.
Fair isle crochet involves creating colored designs and shapes in the background of your project. It’s a very savvy crochet technique to learn because you work behind the background to create the shapes vs casting on and off.
The basic stitches are still the same though, so color changing is the trickiest part. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.
Fair isle in crochet is a relatively new art, as it’s traditionally done in knitting, but it’s such a beloved classic look that easily fits into your cold weather wardrobe.
I love this crochet hat because the motifs incorporated into the background are simple yet unique. I love the pink and white, but you can easily make this hat in any colors you choose!
By the way, if you love to learn new crochet stitches I have my Ultimate Crochet Stitch Library which provides video tutorials of 45 different stitches. You can check that out here.
Super Quick Fair Isle Crochet Beanie Pattern
- YARN: 2 skeins bulky yarn – Cascade 128, it’s super soft and easily workable. > You will need two colors – a primary color (approx. 100 yards) and a contrast color (approx. 80 yards).
- HOOK: US M/13 9.0mm crochet hook
- Blunt-ended needle
- Faux Fur Pom Pom (optional)
10 sts = 4” 7 rows = 4“ (hdc single strand)
9 sts = 4” 8 rows = 4” (sc double strand)
17-20” circumference, 9” wide, 10” tall (without pom pom)
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, fhdc = foundation half double crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dec = decrease, yo = yarn over, rem = remaining
Fisc (fair isle single crochet) – Insert hook into st, pull up a loop in contrast color, yo in main color, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
Cs (camel stitch) – Hdc into the third loop, located behind the top two loops you would normally work into.
Fhdc 14. Sl st with first fhdc to join in the round.
Cs in each st across. Sl st, ch 1.
Repeat until you have 32 rows or 17-18” in length.
Leaving a long tail, cut and finish off. Fold the piece lengthwise and sew the beginning row to the last row. It should now look like a brim – be sure to work the next part with the seam at the top and the stitches facing “upward.” (See images for reference)
Hat: (Remember, the hat is worked using two strands of yarn as one.)
Row 1: Join main color yarn to the top of brim above the seam. Ch 1 (counts as first st). Working into the top seam of the brim, *2 sc in next row, sc in the next 3 rows.* Repeat around. (40) Sl st, ch 1.
Row 2: *fisc, 3 sc.* Repeat 9x. Fisc in next st, sc in rem 2 sts. Sl st, ch 1.
Row 3: 2 sc, *fisc, 3 sc.* Repeat 9x. Fisc in last st. Sl st, ch 1.
Row 4-11: Repeat rows 2-3.
Row 12: *Fisc, sc, dec.* Repeat 9x. Fisc in next st, sc in last st. Sl st, ch 1. (30). Cut contrast color.
Row 13: *Dec, sc.* Repeat 9x. Dec in rem 2 sts. (20)
Row 14: Dec in each st around. (10)
Row 15: Sc in each st around. (10)
Bind off, leaving at least a 6” tail. Taking your blunt ended needle, weave the tail into the top row of stitches, cinching the top of the hat closed and knotting the tail. Weave in all ends.
Add a pom pom of your choice!