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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.
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 (100% wool, 125yds / 114m, 0.88oz / 25g)
The number of colours can be varied. There is a chart on p.3 that can be used to plan alternative colourways.
100[115, 125] yds / 90[105, 115]m of:
MC – #54
50[55, 60] yds / 45[50, 55]m of:
CC1 – #91
CC2 – #203
25[30, 35] yds / 25[25, 35] m of:
CC3 – #27
CC4 – #23
27 sts and 32 rnds = 4” / 10cm in charted stranded colourwork pattern
Size 2½ 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.
small [medium, large]
Finished circumference: 17½[19½, 22½]” / 44[49, 56]cm. Finished length: 9½” / 24cm.
Shown in size medium.