Isla ~ Fair Isle Hat Project

For more experienced knitters, my hat design Isla is based on a traditional stranded colour-work Fair Isle pattern.

When knitting a hat, traditional Fair Isle is usually worked in the round on circular needles or on a set of double pointed needles. This way the right-side of the knitting is always facing you, making it easier to see the pattern as you knit.

In this online project I have compiled a complete worksheet taking you through each stage of the pattern. I show you how to join your knitting in the round, read from a Fair Isle Chart and move on to double pointed needles when working the shaping of the crown.

Isla uses just two colours and by changing the order of the colours you can create two very different effects. In the pattern I have given you two Fair Isle Charts so that you can knit both hats in either colour-way.

In your Isla Kit you will have enough wool to knit two to keep for yourself and one to give as a gift!

With the PDF pattern I have added a series of links to my tutorial videos which you can watch in your own time and work through at your own pace.

Step by Step Tutorial Videos

showing you all the different techniques for making your Fair Isle hat -

  • Long Tail Cast On
  • Joining in the Round
  • How to Hold your Yarn
  • How to read from a Fair Isle Chart
  • Working with double ended needles

Isla Kit £54 (includes UK p&p)


I have chosen a wonderfully soft Aran weight yarn for this project by Rowan, the well established wool brand based in Holmfirth in Yorkshire. It is an ethically conscious brand, that create its luxury, premium yarns from organic, natural fibres.

I have chosen five beautiful colours, Floss, Pumice, Cement, Bitter Sweet and Cherry Red which all work to compliment each other in the different combinations below.

Isla Kit

  • 2 x 50 gm ball of Rowan Kid Classic  (a beautiful soft blend of 70% Lambswool 26 % Kid Mohair 4 % Nylon)
  • Size 4.5, 40 cms circular bamboo needles
  • Size 5, 40 cms circular bamboo needles
  • Set of 5 bamboo double pointed needles
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Isla pattern
  • Cake recipe to follow and enjoy while you are knitting your project

After purchase, you will receive an email with a direct download link to PDF pattern & step-by-step worksheet with links to all tutorials for you to access your pattern straight away.  

Cement & Floss
Kit £54

Bitter Sweet & Pumice
Kit £54

Cement & Pumice
Kit £54

Cherry Red & Pumice
Kit £54

The kit was beautifully packaged with very environmentally friendly wrapping and bag. Everything that you could possibly need for the project was included ... The wool is lovely and comes in beautiful combinations and each kit can knit two hats in opposite colour ways...