I’m very happy with the way this has turned out. I ended up doing a couple of different hats as I played around with the fair isle pattern for the nicest one. I think I have the pattern down now. The hat shown just had a beautiful star, but now I have shorter cables, a line pattern, star pattern, line pattern and then the crown. I’ve even worked out 3 different sizes.
This has been such a satisfying project to complete. Even when I was playing with the design and final shape I knew I’d end up with usable hats. It’s also super warm and a great stash-buster! The contrast colour requires very little wool so great for little amounts of worsted weight that are lying around. Also because it doesn’t require a huge amount of wool, you can make it very cheaply or splurge and buy some expensive wool.
I’ve done it in some Peruvian 100% worsted from Knit-Picks at $3.49 USD per 100g ball. You’ll need 120 – 150 grams for the pattern but if you have enough of the contrast colour, you could do the brim in that and only need 100g in the main colour. I’ve also ordered some Cascades yarn Friday Harbour – 80% Merino, 20% Silk to make it. It’s more expensive at $17.87 CAD per ball, but at 219 yds, I can do two hats and it will feel amazing to wear. There are so many options for a fair isle hat.