Recently, I was asked to make a hat for someone. When I asked what their favorite color was, they couldn’t decide between two colors. I decided there was no reason to just settle on one when I could use both. When it comes to easy fair isle crochet patterns, this two tone fair isle beanie is perfect.
Traditional fair isle patterns are really popular in the craft community. Fair isle is a technique that creates designs in a pattern through color changes. One stitch in a contrasting color can represent one pixel in a design.
In this case, the design is really straightforward and basic. This would be a good pattern to start with if you haven’t tried fair isle before. This hat is worked with the ribbing and bottom in one color and the top portion of the hat in a contrasting color. Then, in each section, there are little stitches worked in the contrasting color to create a spotted design.
It’s made out of Bluesky woolstock, a 100% highland wool. This yarn comes in a variety of colors and has a slightly heathered appearance. It adds beautiful stitch definition, and crochets up easily.
This is the perfect hat for someone who loves color and design. The little details make all the difference and set this hat apart from the rest. And the pattern is easy to work which makes it fun and fast.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Hook(s) size: J/10/6mm
Yarn weight: Worsted
Prefered type of yarn: Wool
Suggested yarn: Blue Sky Woolstok: 1 skein each Color A – Storm Cloud (1301) Color B – Highland Fleece (1303)
Yarn yardage: Color A: 123 yds Color B: 80 yds
Tools – scissors, tapestry needle, faux fur pom pom
Approx. finished dimensions: Circumference – 20.25” Height – 8.5”
Gauge: 4” = 13 sc by 16 rows
- Ch – chain, sc – single crochet, st(s) – stitches, blo – back loop only, yo – yarn over
- Fair isle single crochet (fisc): Insert hook into st, pull up a loop in accent color, yo in main color, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook
With Color A, Ch 11
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and into each ch across – 10 sts
Row 2-66: Ch 1, turn. Sc in blo in each st across.
Turn the ribbed cuff portion you’ve completed. You will now start crocheting along the long side of the ribbing.
Upper Hat Portion
Row 1: Sc into the end of each row across – 66 sts
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across.
Attach color B (accent color) and carry behind color A (main color) until needed.
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. *Sc into each of the next 2 sts, fisc into the next st; repeat from * across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across using Color A only.
Row 9: Repeat row 7.
Row 10: Repeat row 8
Note: For Rows 11-25 Color B will be the main color and color A will be the accent color
Rows 11-12: Using color B, ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across while carrying color A behind
Row 13: Ch 1, turn. *Sc into each of the next 2 sts, fisc into the next st; repeat from * across.
Row 14: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across using Color B only.
Row 15: Repeat row 13.
Row 16-25: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across using Color B only.
Fold hat in half with right sides facing in and stitch together using the appropriate color of yarn.
Turn the hat right side out. Use a piece of yarn and weave through the top of each stitch at the top of the hat. Pull tight and tie together in a double knot. Sew on pom pom and weave in all ends.
This crochet hat uses the traditional fair isle technique with some modern design elements. It’s fast and easy to crochet and a great starting point for someone who has never used the technique before. Pick up your hook and two skeins of your favorite colors, and get to work on this simple project.