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Saudade

A slightly slouchy Fair Isle patterned beanie in one of my favourite colour combinations — grellow. Deep ribbing keeps things simple and streamlined from the front, with the colourful Fair Isle a beautiful surprise when you turn your head.

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The stitch patterns make a sampler of traditional peerie and “X and O” motifs that’s a fun way to try out stranded colourwork or to play with colour shading if you’re more experienced. Three shades of grey and two of yellow are used to subtly shade the patterns. Which colours are contrasted and which blended, which are background and which are pattern, changes throughout to create a lively sense of movement. The pattern is charted to focus on a pattern being worked against a background, rather than on individual colours. Work the pattern colour so that the yarn is dominant and use the blank columns at the side of the chart to plan out your own colour scheme. Don’t be afraid to rip back if the colours aren’t working but remember that a certain level of discord makes the patterns come alive.


Fingering weight / 4ply wool yarn. 
Shown in Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight

27 sts and 32 rnds = 4" / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern with larger needle.
22 sts and 42 rnds = 4" / 10cm in 2x2 rib with smaller needle. 
Measure gauge after wet blocking

Size 2 1/2 US / 3mm 16" / 40cm circular needle
Size 4 US / 3.5mm 16" / 40cm circular and dpns or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the rnd.


Skills for knitting this project

  • knitting, purling
  • casting on, binding off
  • working in the round
  • working small circumferences in the round
  • colourwork (using a chart)
  • make one increases
  • k2tog decreases

Optional Techniques


    Pattern formats

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

    Sizing

    3 sizes - small, medium, large
    Finished circumference: 17½[19½, 22½]" / 44[49, 56]cm. Finished length: 9½" / 24cm.
    Shown in size medium.