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Easy fair isle patterned beanie
A fairisle hat with a vintage feel, Cairngorm is a great project for learning stranded colourwork.


Skills for knitting this project

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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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