As promised in my previous knitting pattern on the kid’s Pullover, here is the Fair Isle Beanie that you can knit to make it a set of beautiful winter wear.
This free beanie knitting pattern comes in lady size with a circumference of 22″, it fits on most bigger kids and adult heads. It has a slouchy structure with a pom-pom attached to the back.
Fair Isle Beanie – Free Knit Pattern
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All you need to knit this beautiful Nordic style slouchy beanie are, 3 colors of yarns, and, knitting needles of 3mm and 4mm. I used Superwash Merino Yarn from Lion Brand that has the gauge tension of 24 sts x 34 rows in Stockinette Stitch. You may replace them with equivalent yarns that have a similar gauge.
Similar to the kid’s pullover, there are 2 variations on this matching beanie pattern, the “Poinsettia With Heart” and the “Poinsettia With Tic-Tac-Toe”. The heart is a more feminine design, thus it is suitable for a female. Tic-Tac-Toe will be great for unisex.
Besides the fair isle pattern variations, there are also 2 options on the ribband, folded and non-folded. The gray fair isle beanie on the right is the folded band type while the red beanie on the left is a non-folded type. The folded band adds warmth to the forehead, it is also suitable for those with a smaller head.
The kids enjoyed playing with the snow so much during our holiday a month ago. It was the first time for them to experience sub-zero temperature. I am glad that my handmade fair isle pullover and beanie have kept them warm in this freezing cold weather so that they can fully enjoy all the outdoor activities. Noted the fair isle leg warmer (published) he is wearing, it will be the next pattern to share in Craft Passion. Stay tuned!
Keep warm, stay cool, and start knitting.
- Yarn: Lion Brand Superwash Merino Yarn - Yarn A Color: Dark Gray (Charcoal) or Red (Cayenne), Balls needed: 1 ball
- Yarn: Lion Brand Superwash Merino Yarn - Yarn B Color: Gray (Hemp), Balls needed: 1 ball
- Yarn: Lion Brand Superwash Merino Yarn - Yarn C Color: White (Ivory), Balls needed: 1 ball
- Pom-Pom, your choice of size. Mine is 2.5″ and 3.5″. You can make your own pom-pom with this tutorial
- Needles: 12″ or 16″ Circular needle U.S. 3 (3mm) and U.S. 6 (4mm)
- Needles: Double Pointed needle U.S. 6 (4mm).
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry needle
Stockinette Stitch: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 6 (4mm) needles
Take time to make a gauge swatch to check your tension. Wash and block your swatch before measuring. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
alt = Alternate(ing)
k = Knit
inc = Increase(ing)
m1 = make 1 increase (click to learn to make it)
patt = Pattern
rep = Repeat
st(s) = Stitch(es)
With Double Pointed Needles U.S. 6 (4mm) and yarn A, long-tail cast on 48 sts on 1 needle, then transfer the sts to rest of the needle evenly to make a round (view pictures below). Insert a stitch marker at the beg of the round.
Round 1 & 2: k all
Round 3: k3, *m1, k6, rep from * to last 3 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 4: k all
Round 5: k4, *m1, k7, rep from * to last 3 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 6: k all
Round 7: k4, *m1, k8, rep from * to last 4 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 8: k all
Round 9: k5, *m1, k9, rep from * to last 4 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 10: k all
Round 11: k5, *m1, k10, rep from * to last 5 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 12: k all
Round 13: k6, *m1, k11, rep from * to last 5 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 14: k all
Round 15: k6, *m1, k12, rep from * to last 6 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 16: k all
Round 17: k7, *m1, k13, rep from * to last 6 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 18: k all
Round 19: k7, *m1, k14, rep from * to last 7 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 20: k all
Round 21: k8, *m1, k15, rep from * to last 7 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 22 & 23: k all
Round 24: k8, *m1, k16, rep from * to last 8 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Switch to U.S. 6 (4mm) circular needle
Round 25 to 29: k all
Round 30: k9, *m1, k17, rep from * to last 8 sts, m1, k to end. sts
Round 31 to 78: work Poinsettia Fair Isle Patt
Change to U.S. 3 (3mm) circular needle and with yarn A, work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 1.5″. Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.
Change to U.S. 3 (3mm) circular needle and with yarn A, work 2×2 rib (k2, p2) for 3″. Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib, fold the rib up, and sew.
TO FINISH OFF
Gather and sew alternative st, pull the yarn tightly to close the tip of the beanie. Sew to attach the pom-pom.
Block the beanie to obtain the correct size.
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MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO KNIT
FAIR ISLE BEANIE
- With Double Pointed Needles U.S. 6 (4mm) and yarn A, long-tail cast on 48 sts on 1 needle, then transfer the sts to rest of the needle evenly to make a round (view pictures below). Insert a stitch marker at the beg of the round.
If you are unable to do a long tail cast on directly to 4 double pointed needles to make a circle, then you may cast on to 1 needle first then slip the stitches to another 3 needles evenly.
You may watch this video on how to cast on and knit with Double Pointed Needles.
- Arrange the stitches so they are all facing the same way and aren’t twisted on any of the needles.
Insert the 5th needle into the first stitch of the left needle, firmly knit the first stitch to join up the round. Insert a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of the round (oops… I forgot to insert my green stitch marker before taking this picture so it is not shown there).
- Knit the top part of the beanie which is all the increment stitches.
You should have enough stitches to use on the circular needles once you have finished round 24.
- Follow the fair isle color chart to complete the body of the beanie.
- Switch to a smaller needle to knit the 2x2 ribbing band for the beanie.
Then tubular bind off.
- Sew up the top opening and sew to attach the pom-pom.
- I used 3.5″ dia pom-pom for the red beanie.
- For the gray beanie, I used a slightly smaller pom-pom, 2.5″ diameter. Also, the 2 x 2 ribbing band of this beanie is folded type.
The Fair Isle Beanie keeps us warm, comfortable, and, beautiful at the same time.
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated. You should have leftover on the minority yarn color (yarn B and C) upon completion. Hence, if you are knitting for 2 beanies, you need to buy only 1 set of Yarn B and C.
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