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Learn How To Crochet a Fair Isle Beanie!

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Hello! Jen here from Teal & Finch. I’m so excited to share this fun, unique design so you can start creating these crochet fair isle beanies yourself! Need a new baby gift or just a cozy hat for your favorite little one? This design is the PERFECT solution!
Bulky fair isle knit hats are a big trend right now so I wanted to create a similar look for crochet, but for babies.  I designed this fair isle baby hat with worsted weight yarn so it would be the perfect size for little heads.
This intermediate crochet pattern is deceptively simple and the results are so worth it. It’s a great introduction to fair isle type crochet, perfect for taking your crochet skills beyond the basics!
The pattern includes instructions for size 0-6 months. As an added bonus, it also includes tips for making the hat smaller or larger.
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Supplies:

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Swish worsted 100% superwash merino wool by Knit Picks.)

I hook (5.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Stitch marker or scrap of yarn to mark the beginning of each round

 

For the faux fur pom:

Scrap of faux fur at least 4” square

Polyester fiberfill

Sewing needle and sturdy thread

 

Abbreviations used:

CC: contrast color

Ch: chain

Bpdc: back post double crochet

Dec: decrease (insert hook in first st, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook)

Fpdc: front post double crochet

Inc: increase (2 sc in each stitch)

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

St: stitch

MC: main color

Yo: yarn over

 

Gauge: 2” = 7 sc

2” = 7 rows in pattern

 

Mark the first stitch of each round with a stitch marker, moving it up as you go. Do not join and ch 1 at the beginning of each round, simply begin the next stitch and move up your stitch marker.

 

To add in contrast color (CC): insert hook into st, pull up a loop of CC on your hook, yo with MC and pull through

 

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Size 0-6M

Finished hat circumference: approx. 13.5”

Hat height: 5.75”

 

Ch 3, join to form a loop

Round 1: 8 sc in center of loop

Round 2: inc in each st (16sc)

Round 3: 1sc, inc (24sc)

Round 4: 2sc, inc (32sc)

Round 5: 3 sc, inc (40sc)

Round 6: 4 sc, inc (48sc)

 

(End of increases, time to add contrast yarn.)

 

Round 7: *sc 1 CC, 5 MC, repeat from * around

Round 8: hdc MC around

Round 9: *sc 4 MC, 1 CC, *5 MC, 1 CC, repeat from * around. End with 1 MC sc

Round 10: hdc MC around

Round 11: *sc 2 MC, 1 CC, 3 MC, repeat from * around. End with 3 MC sc

Round 12: hdc MC around

Rounds 13-17: repeat rounds 7-11

Round 18: *10 hdc, dec, repeat from * around (44 hdc)

 

Ribbing:

Round 1: dc in each stitch

Round 2 & 3: fpdc, bpdc

It may be necessary to end the last round a few stitches early and/or with a hdc so the edge is even.

 

Faux Fur Pom:

Cut a circle of faux fur approximately 4” in diameter. Flip it over and sew a long gathering stitch along the edge of the back side.  Slowly pull it tight and stuff some polyfill in the little “bag” as you tighten. Tighten completely and knot well. Sew the pom to the top of your hat.

 

 

Sizing Tips:

  • To make the hat smaller, you can change the last increase round (round 6) to 7sc, inc (45sc). You can then change the ratio of MC to CC stitches to 4 MC, 1 CC. Decrease hat height to 5” by eliminating 3 rounds (ie rounds 15-17)
  • To make the hat larger, you can add in another increase round after round 6: 5 sc, inc. (56sc) Then you can change the ratio of MC to CC stitches to 6 to 1. Increase hat height to 7-7.5” as desired by repeating rounds 7-11 as needed.

If you decide to create a beanie of your own we would LOVE to see it! Tag me, Jen, @tealandfinch or you can share it using the YHN community tag #yhnfashion

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