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Fair Isle Hat with Susan B. Anderson*

Dazzling colorwork patterns can become a reality in this hands-on class! You’ll pick your own stitch patterns, choose the colors, and then even get a lesson on doing two-handed Fair Isle. This class is perfect for students who are Fair Isle novices, helping you tackle different stitch patterns, catch long floats, work two-color rib, and even how to make a Latvian Braid. There will be lots of options, and you’ll have lots of fun while creating your own hat to show off your personal style! Technique required: Working in the round on a 16-inch circular needles and double-pointed needles; simple decreases. 

Prerequisite: Knitting II or equivalent
Instructor: Susan B. Anderson
Date: Saturday, 10/11/14
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Note: the time has changed from the previously listed 1:30-4:30)
Materials Required:

  • 100 yards of worsted-weight wool for the main color of your hat and about 50 yards of at least 2 contrasting colors of worsted-weight wool (suggestions for yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton, Cascade 220)
  • US size 7 (4.5 mm), 16-inch circular and set of 4 double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge of 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch
  • Yarn needle
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

When possible, please buy your materials from WEBS.


  1. Select the size hat you would like to work on during class: 0–6 months (6–12 months, 1–2 years, child, small adult, medium adult, large adult). 13 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) inches in circumference. When selecting a size, I prefer my hats to have 1–2 inches of negative ease so they fit snugly on the head but this is up to you and your preference.
  2. Come to class with 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112) stitches cast on with your main color yarn on the 16-inch circular needles.
  3. You should be ready to join to begin working in the round. The yarn should be worsted weight, preferably wool, and the gauge should be 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.
  4. You should have at least one contrast color to work with, bring more if you'd like a more colorful hat. 

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