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Fair Isle in Liberty Wool Light (Free)

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  • Author: Meg Myers and Tian Foley

The Kirklees socks are the sister design to High Kirk, part of the Cathedral pattern book. Tian Foley designed Kirklees with the leftover yarn from High Kirk – that's right, knit both with just one ball of each of four colors!. All it takes is a few clever color-swaps when knitting Kirklees.

To try painting your own Fair Isle pattern, consider the DIY Fair Isle Hat. We've included a chart for our hat and also a blank chart so you can create your own design. It’s easy if you follow two rules: use the colors equally and avoid long floats. If you follow those rules, two balls are enough to make two DYI Fair Isle Hats, just swap the colors for the second hat.

Finished Measurements: 7¾" cuff circumference; 8½" foot circumference; 9½" foot length
Yarn Requirements: Liberty Wool Light by Classic Elite, 1 ball each or yarn remaining from
High Kirk knee socks: A – 6646 Deep Teal, B – 6680 Gold Poppy, C – 6655 Raspberry, D – 6614 Mallard
Needle(s): Set of 5 double pointed needles (dpn) in sizes US 2 and 3 (2.75 and 3.25 mm)
Gauge: 31 sts and 40 rows = 4" in 3 x 1 Rib using larger needles; 30 sts and 28 rows = 4" in Fair Isle pattern using larger needles; 28 sts and 36 rows = 4" in St st, using larger needles

DIY Fair Isle Hat
Finished Measurements: 19" circumference at brim
Yarn Requirements: Liberty Wool Light by Classic Elite
MC – 1 ball 6636 Taupe
CC – 1 ball 6663 Brick Road
Needle(s): Circular knitting needle (16") and double pointed needles (dpn) in size US 5 (3.75 mm); Circular knitting needle (16") in size US 3 (3.25 mm) for rib
Gauge: 30 sts and 32 rnds = 4" in Fair Isle St st with larger needles, blocked


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