January 5, 2018

Bring On the Color with this Easy Fair Isle Knit Hat

Fair Isle Knit Hat

By Kristen Mangus

[Cue the stern “Mom” voice] “Don’t forget your hat?”

We all heard it growing up.  Let’s face it many of us are the ones saying it now!  With frigid winter temps descending on us from the north it’s more important than ever to remember your hat.  And I didn’t forget mine.  Last week I introduced you to the Fair Isle Knit Cowl to show you how easy it can be to do a simple two-color pattern.  Today I bring you the matching Fair Isle Knit Hat!  It’s the same yarn and the same technique in a plush, cozy hat designed to keep you warm no matter how far the temps fall.

Learn to knit 2-color Fair Isle with this cozy alpaca blend hat. #goodknitkisses #fairisleknit #knittingpattern #freepattern #knithat

Check out the entire Fair Isle collection from myself and B.Hooked Crochet featuring Patons Alpaca Blend yarn from our sponsor Yarnspirations:

Fair Isle Knit Cowl

Simple Fair Isle Knit Cowl Learn to knit a cozy cowl using this simple, 2-color fair isle technique. Get the free pattern and video here. #goodknitkisses #knittingpattern #fairisleknit #freepattern #winterfashion

I’ve teamed up with my sweet and talented friend Brittany from B.Hooked Crochet. She has been working on adorable mittens to match. The Fair Isle Crochet Mittens from B.Hooked Crochet ARE NOW HERE!

Learn to knit 2-color Fair Isle with this cozy alpaca blend hat. #goodknitkisses #fairisleknit #knittingpattern #freepattern #knithat


Contrast A Patons® Alpaca Blend (3.5 oz/100 g; 155 yds/142 m) Black Cherry. 1 ball.
Contrast B Patons® Alpaca Blend (3.5 oz/100 g; 155 yds/142 m) Birch. 1 ball.

Learn to knit 2-color Fair Isle with this cozy alpaca blend hat. #goodknitkisses #fairisleknit #knittingpattern #freepattern #knithat


Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) circular knitting needles with a 24” cord or size needed to obtain gauge.
Stitch marker

Skill Level



24” (61 cm) x 9” (23 cm) approx.


14 sts and 18 rows per 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in stocking st.

Skills taught in this tutorial:

Knitted cast on
Create a magic loop using a circular needle
Connect knitting in the round
K1, P1 ribbing
Fair Isle stranded colorwork (including how to catch your floats to avoid long strands)
Decreased hat crown
Drawstring Bind Off

Learn to knit 2-color Fair Isle with this cozy alpaca blend hat. #goodknitkisses #fairisleknit #knittingpattern #freepattern #knithat


With A cast on 64 sts and join in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of the round.

1st Rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of rnd.
2nd to 4th rnds: As 1st rnd.

5th rnd: Knit
6th rnd: Knit. Do not break yarn.

Attach Contrast B and proceed as follows:
7th rnd: *With B K1. With A K3. Rep from * to end of rnd. Drop B, do not break.
8th rnd: With A Knit.
9th rnd: With A K2. *With B K1. With A K3. Rep from * to end of rnd.
10th rnd: With A Knit.

These 4 rounds form Fair Isle Pat. Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 8″ [20 cm]. Break B.

Shape top:
1st rnd: With A *K6. K2tog. Rep from * around. 56sts.
2nd and alt rnds: Knit.
3rd rnd: *K5. K2tog. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
5th rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
7th rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
9th rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
11th rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
13th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around. 8 sts.

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


Learn to knit 2-color Fair Isle with this cozy alpaca blend hat. #goodknitkisses #fairisleknit #knittingpattern #freepattern #knithat

Fair Isle Knit Hat Tutorial Video

To see all the techniques used in the Fair Isle Knit Hat pattern watch the video below.

I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and tutorial!  Be sure and share your project pictures and social media and tag me with #goodknitkisses.  This post and video are sponsored by Yarnspirations.

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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    OMG! I just finished watching your video on the hat and I am more than inspired, I am going to order the Alpacca yarn right now. Now I can knit a hat like this and others without the fear of stranding. Thanks for a great video Kristen.

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