This Tutorial will take you step by step through the construction of the hat, including showing you how to knit with the two-handed Fair Isle technique and how to catch your floats and weave in the ends as you go.
If you are confident with knitting in the round and would like to try two handed fair isle or stranded knitting then this is really the perfect pattern to learn this and I want to encourage you to follow along with me.
Get a copy of Donna Smith’s pattern get your yarn. Have a look at Susan B Andersons modifications if you would like to, there is also a link to her wonderful blog below and I look forward to you joining me.
- Making a gauge; Casting on for magic loop; 2×2 Rib
- Increase row; KFB (Knit Front and Back)
- Reading the chart
- Starting the two-handed Fair-Isle technique and weaving in the ends as you go
- Catching the right-hand float; Row 8, Row 11
- Decrease Row 26
- Threading through remaining stitches; Weaving in ends; Blocking
- How to make a Pom-Pom
Pattern and Yarn
The Designer – Donna Smith
Donna Smith, the Shetland born and bred designer of the Baa-ble Hat, generously gave us an interview shortly before she took part in the Shetland Wool Week 2016. You can find the interview with Donna Smith here. Donna is a wonderful advocate for Shetland knitting and has other beautiful designs, including the Houlland Hap, available via Donna Smith Designs.