Waves Fair Isle Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Waves Fair Isle Hat

September 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Fair Isle patten (after wet-blocking)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
240 - 280 yards (219 - 256 m)
Adult M (L), 20 (21)" circumference
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I first knit this hat over 10 years ago with a fingerling weight yarn but felt it was a bit too much to repeat the same wave pattern with a thin yarn, so had never finished writing the pattern. I’m glad I was able to pick it up again! Knitting it with a sport weight was much faster, and it still shows the stranded work wonderfully. The version of the hat pictured is a bit slouchy. If you prefer more of a beanie style, you can simply omit one repeat of the waves.

The yardage above is a total yardage.
Sport weight yarn (Some lightly twisted DK yarn also works.)
Size M (L)

  • Main Color - 100 (110) yards
  • Contrasting Color A - 50 (60) yards
  • Contrasting Color B - 45 (55) yards
  • Contrasting Color C - 45 (55) yards

The sample photo is knitted with Swans Island “sport weight”. MC/Dusk, Color A/Marine, Color B/ Denim, Color C/ Ice.

Suggested needle size - US 4
You need 16” circular needle and DPNs to finish the crown.