Fair Isle Sampler Hat by Mary Jane Mucklestone

Fair Isle Sampler Hat

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette colorwork pattern, worked in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1596 yards (1459 m)
18½" circumference, unstretched, and 26" long, not including pom-pom.
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Mary Jane Mucklestone likes to knit hats as a way to experiment with color combinations and Fair Isle patterns.  This stocking cap explores a "limited" palette of fourteen colors (Mary Jane has used as many as thirty in a single project), with one color grouping for the pattern and another for the background.  An occasional dab of a bright color in the center row of a motif gives a contemporary look to otherwise traditional patterns.

Many of the original colors have been discontinued. By using a mix of Jamieson & Smith and Jamieson’s Spindrift, you can come very close. Of course, making up your own colors may be the most fun of all! I include approximate amounts for that.

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