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

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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.

Pattern formats

The pattern includes the following versions:
  • 3 column format pdf designed to be printed on A4 or letter paper


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

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.


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

Skills for knitting this project

  • knitting, purling
  • working in the round
  • colourwork (using a chart)
  • k2tog decreases

Optional Techniques

Helpful tutorials



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

    Natural, scarlet, & blue 1 ball each of:
    MC – 403
    C1 – 424
    C2 – 4124

    Brown, gold & blue 1 ball each of:
    MC – 4081
    C1 – 417
    C2 – 4139

    Needles and notions

    Stitch marker

    "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


    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.

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