Get Your Fair Isle on With These Free Knitting Patterns

You've been warned: Fair Isle knitting — a type of stranded knitting that traditionally uses no more than two colors per row — is straight-up addictive. After all, who could resist all that beautiful detail?! Dig into the technique (and bring on the color) with the below patterns — you can get 'em all totally free!

1. Miss Rachel Hat

Use up some of the scraps in your stash to stitch this colorwork hat. Worked in the round , it's a nice intro to Fair Isle if you've never tried the style.

2. Snowflake Mittens

Because colorwork has several yarns floating in the back, it makes for an extra-warm fabric — meaning it's totally ideal for winter accessories. The colorwork on these mittens extends top to bottom, but the pattern has slight variations so you never get bored.

3. Festivus Cowl

Looking for a relaxing knit? Once you memorize the pattern in this cowl, you may not even need to refer to your chart to complete it.

Good to Know

Keep calm and knit on with more Fair Isle patterns available for purchase .

4. Selbu Modern

Fingering-weight yarn in a classic white-and-gray color combination gives a nod to traditional Fair Isle motifs. Of course, you're free to change up the color combo if you want to go for something a little more modern or bold.

5. Clayoquot Toque

Named for the Clayoquot Sound off the coast of Vancouver Island, this modern Fair Isle hat is a great canvas for testing yarns and color combinations. Bonus points if you make a matching Clayoquot cardigan .

6. He Said She Said

Your favorite part of this hat might be the colorwork — or it could be those cool i-cords that are stepping in for the usual pom-pom at the top. Either way, you're guaranteed to end up with a fabulous head warmer.


Learn More Now

Pick up all the techniques you'll need to conquer any Fair Isle project in our class, Fair Isle Fundamentals.

Meet Tanis Gray! Tanis starts class with every knitter's favorite topic: color. Follow along for some helpful pointers that will help you choose the hues that best express your project, purpose and even mood.

March 31, 2020
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Get Your Fair Isle on With These Free Knitting Patterns