Easy fair isle patterned beanie

A fairisle hat with a vintage feel, Cairngorm is a great project for learning stranded colourwork.

Featuring stripes of small colourwork motifs, or "peeries", Cairngorm is a fun, accessible project for practicing your colourwork skills on. Shown in three colours, with only two colours per round, there's plenty of room for creativity. You could easily simplify things further with just two shades, or work every stripe in a different combination. Knit in Rauma Finull PT2, with an amazing range of over 100 colours, you can enjoy choosing the perfect palette for your style – or everyone in your family.

Cairngorm is worked bottom up in the round, with a contrast cast on worked using the alternating cable cast on – a fantastic cast-on for ribbing that you'll love adding to your skills toolbox. The hat pattern includes three sizes, and is written for a slightly slouchy length, with decreases neatly incorporated into the crown patterning.


Skills for knitting this project

Build your skills by following the links to our clear step-by-step tutorials.

Optional Techniques


28 sts and 30 rnds = 4" / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern with larger needle


Available in 3 sizes, small[medium, large].

Finished circumference: 17¼[19½, 21¾]" / 43[48.5, 54.5]cm Finished length: 9½" / 24cm

Shown in size medium.



Shown in Rauma Finull PT2 (100% Norwegian wool, 191 yds/175m, 1.76oz /50g)

Needles and notions

Size 2½ / 3mm 6" / 40cm circular needle
Size 4 US / 3.5mm 16" / 40cm circular and preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd.

"Cairngorm is personally nostalgic for me, when I was a small child my grandfather knit me several jumpers with stripes of simple colourwork. He combined Norwegian patterns shown in black and white with Shetland wool in 3 or 4 colours that my mum would pick out. The patterns aren’t taken straight from any one of those jumpers, but are a little sampler of some of my favourite wee motifs found in traditional colourwork from around Northern and Eastern Europe. Those jumpers made me feel special and beloved, and I hope that you, or anyone you gift the hat to, will feel the same way when wearing it. Cairngorm is named for Bill’s love of the Scottish mountains." - Ysolda

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