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Fair Isle knitting pattern: hat and gloves

Have a go at Fair Isle knitting and add a pop of colour to your spring wardrobe with this hat and fingerless gloves set by Sophie Jordan.

Fair Isle knitting pattern hat
Published: March 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm
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Treat yourself to a funky hat and gloves set with this Fair Isle knitting pattern by Sophie Jordan, taken from Simply Knitting issue 169. The colourwork repeat is completed before any decreases are required, so you can focus on knitting perfect Fair Isle without worrying about shaping or other distractions.


Stranded colourwork doesn’t always have to be wintry or Scandi-inspired. Sometimes thinking outside the box with your colours can deliver the prettiest of results. Scheepjes Stone Washed comes in more than 30 beautiful marled shades, so you can mix and match the colours in your knitted hat and gloves to your heart's delight!

The choice of a cooler cotton-blend yarn and fingerless gloves means you'll wear this accessory set all the way into spring. If you're looking for something a little warmer, why not try our woolly cable hat, or cast on our cosy unisex hat for men or women?

A large range of brilliant colours always gets me excited about Fair Isle. There’s nothing like playing with wonderful shades to make a pattern really pop – I hope you like the set!
Sophie Jordan, Deputy Editor, Simply Knitting

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To knit this hat and gloves set you will need:

  • Scheepjes, Stone Washed (78% cotton, 27% acrylic, 50g/130m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Peridot (827), Yarn B Turquoise (824), Yarn C Morganite (834), Yarn D Rhodochrosite (835), Yarn E Lepidolite (830), Yarn F Malachite (825)
  • A pair of 3mm needles
  • A pair of 3½mm needles
  • Stitch markers

Your Fair Isle hat and gloves knitting pattern:

Need help with the terms used in this pattern? Check out our knitting abbreviations.


Yarn used knits as sport to this tension: 27 sts and 30 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over patt using 3½mm needles


Hat: 53cm circumference
Fingerless gloves: 18cm circumference, 13cm long


Below are the charts used in this Fair Isle hat and gloves pattern.

Fair Isle knitting pattern hat and gloves charts
Knit hat pattern
Top your Fair Isle knit hat with a big, colourful pompom.

Fair Isle hat

Cast on 128 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.

Row 1 (WS) *K1tbl; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (RS) *K2, P2; rep from * to end.

Row 2 forms 2x2 rib.

Work in 2x2 rib for 7 more rows, ending with a WS row.

Inc row (RS) *K7, kfb; rep from * to end. [144 sts]

Change to 3½mm needles.

Next row Purl.

Work Rows 1-42 of Hat Chart. When Hat Chart is complete, continue in Yarn A only.

Next row (RS) *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end. [126 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end. [105 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. [70 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row *K2tog; rep from * to end. [35 sts]

Thread yarn tail through remaining stitches, pull up and fasten off.

To make up the hat

Sew back seam using backstitch.

Make a pompom using all 6 yarn colours and sew securely to the top of the hat.

Fair Isle knitting pattern gloves
Keep chilly wrists warm with a pair of knitted fingerless gloves.

Fingerless gloves (Make 2)

Cast on 48 stitches using 3mm needles and Yarn A.

Work in 2x2 rib as for hat for 8 rows ending after a WS row.

Change to 3½mm needles.

Work Rows 1-14 of Mitten Chart.

When Mitten Chart is complete, continue in Yarn A only.

Shape thumb

Next row (RS) K22, PM, M1, K4, M1, PM, K22. [50 sts]

Next row and every WS row (WS) Purl, slipping markers.

Next row and every RS row K22, sl sm, M1, K to sm, M1, sl sm, K22.

Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 16 sts between the two markers, ending with a RS row. [60 sts]

Next row P to sm, cast off the 16 sts between the markers, P to end. [44 sts]

Next row K21, (1 st remains on the RH needle before the thumb gap), K into the back of the first stitch on the LH needle, then the stitch that remains on the RH needle, take both sts off the needle, K22. [44 sts]

Next row Purl.

Work 8 rows in 2x2 rib.

Cast off.

Sew side seam using backstitch.

Download your free Fair Isle knitting pattern:

Click the link below for a PDF version of our colourwork accessory set:


Fair Isle hat and gloves knitting pattern PDF


Sophie Jordan
Sophie JordanDeputy Editor, Simply Knitting magazine

Sophie Jordan has been the Deputy Editor of Simply Knitting magazine for 4 years and an avid knitter for 42. Passionate about all crafts, you can often find her sewing, crocheting and embroidering in her spare time

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