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Traditional fair isle hat

A traditionally patterned Fair Isle hat in a less traditional slouchy shape. Shown in Jamieson and Smith Heritage and Heritage Naturals a unique worsted spun Shetland wool which blocks into a fine, smooth fabric.


The pattern is given in three sizes, due to the 30 stitch pattern repeat the middle size is worked by changing the gauge. Decreases are worked into the final pattern band, which was inspired by the crowns of traditional Fair Isle tams, working the shaping close to the top creates a slightly gathered effect. There will be plenty of the coloured yarn leftover to make a pompom, a cute addition if you can bear to cover up the crown pattern. The large stitch pattern is from the endlessly inspiring A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book.




Details

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Gauge

For small and large hat: 35 sts and 40 rnds = 4” / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern For medium hat: 38 sts and 44 rnds = 4” / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern

Sizing

3 finished sizes in small, medium, and large

Finished circumference: 17[19, 20½]" / 42.5[47.5, 51]cm. Finished length: 9¾" / 24.5cm.

Shown in size large.


Supplies

Yarn

Light fingering weight wool yarn Shown in Jamieson and Smith Shetland Heritage and Heritage Naturals(100% wool, 120yds / 110m, 25g)

Needles and notions

For small and large hat: Size US 2 / 2.75mm 16" / 40cm circular Size US 3 / 3.25mm 16" / 40cm circular and dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd For medium hat: Size US 1 1.2 / 2.5mm 16" / 40cm circular Size US 2 1/2 / 3mm 16” / 40cm circular and dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd


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