Fair Isle is traditionally done using one yarn in each hand.  This sounds intimidating, but it's easier than it sounds and far more addicting than you have bargained for.  This pattern contains two different headbands.  The first has just two colors, the second amps up your skills with a few more.  If you're comfortable knitting in the round, and you're ready to learn a new skill, this project is for you.


Pattern Info
Sizes:  Adults at approximately 17” (older child or young teenager), 19” (average female head), or 22” (average male or large female head). For younger children, reduce the height of the headband by knitting only the ribbing and the center 7 rounds and reducing the circumference by another 6 stitches.

Yarn and yardage: Worsted-weight wool yarn that knits at 5 stitches per inch, about 100 yards each of two colors.  If you want to add another color here or there, feel free!  (Note: If you are using acrylic yarn, you won’t be able to block it, so you will need to go up a size.)

Needles: Sizes 4 or 5 (3.5 or 3.75 mm) and size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needles.
Other supplies: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

Photos by Cynthia Spencer

First Fair Isle Headband by Cynthia Spencer


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