14 Fair Isle Knitting Patterns

Novemberist Mitts Knitting Pattern
Vanessa Smith

Ready to cast on a new knitting project? Grab a few colors and try one of these Fair Isle designs! From hats that work up quickly to sweaters you'll treasure for decades, you can find free and reasonably priced patterns for all skill levels.

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    How to Do Stranded Knitting

    How to Do Fair Isle Knitting
    Mollie Johanson

    If you're new to fair isle or stranded knitting, start by learning the process. It's easier than you might think! Along with this introductory tutorial, you can also grab a free chart to work into your next project. It would look great at the ends of a scarf or repeated as a band across a pillow.

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    Druid Circle Sweater

    Druid Circle Sweater

    Shanel Wu

    This circular yoke sweater has a beautiful Fair Isle design that's inspired by a garland of leaves. The thumb holes are a fun feature and make it extra cozy. Love the design but don't want to tackle a sweater? There's a matching hat pattern too!

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    Pointillist Cowl

    Pointillist Cowl Pattern

    Blacker Yarns

    Designed by Katie Green for Blacker Yarns, this gorgeous cowl may not be what comes to mind when you think of Fair Isle knitting. Fair isle or stranded knitting can look quite modern as it does here. For this pattern, you will need to know how to read a chart, but despite all the colors in the design, you only need to work with two colors at a time.

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    Coffee and Cocoa Word Beanies

    Coffee and Cocoa Beanie Knitting Patterns

    Justyna Srock

    Knit this playful Fair Isle hat, and tell the world how much you love coffee (or cocoa)! Justyna Srock of Lady Jay Crochet has a variety of designs with different words, including some for crochet. And because they use super bulky yarn, you can knit them up in a hurry.

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    Wishmaker Mitts

    Wishmaker Mitts Knitting Pattern

    Erica Heusser

    Make a wish when you knit and wear these amazing fingerless mitts with fluffy dandelions. Designer Erica Heusser offers so many gorgeous stranded knitting patterns, you'll probably wish for more yarn and time to knit!

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    Fox Isle Socks

    Fox Isle Socks Pattern

    Life is Cozy

    What's better than Fair Isle socks? How about "Fox Isle" socks? This free pattern has a classic look and then adds adorable foxes! Of course, you could adapt the chart to remove the foxes, but that just wouldn't be as cute.

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    Branches and Buds Pullover

    Branches and Buds Pullover Pattern

    Carrie Bostick Hoge

    This traditional, yet modern pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge has a simple design with a tiny pop of color. It's the sort of handknit sweater that you'll want to wear all the time!

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    Pātiki Hat and Cowl

    Pātiki Hat and Cowl Knitting Pattern

    Aroha Knits

    Designer Francoise "Frenchie" Danoy drew from her Māori heritage when creating this geometric hat and cowl for stranded knitting. The Pātiki diamond pattern represents abundance, and whether you knit one or both pieces, you're sure to have the good fortune of a beautiful piece of knitwear.

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    Novemberist Mitts

    Novemberist Mitts Knitting Pattern

    Vanessa Smith

    Keep your hands warm and your fingers free for texting with these fingerless mitts from Vanessa Smith. Want to wear this design from the top of your head to (almost) your fingertips? Look for the matching hat pattern in her shop!

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    Fantastic Fair Isle Knit Pillow

    Fantastic Fair Isle Knit Pillow

    Fair Isle knitting isn't only for wearables. You can use this technique to make a marvelously modern pillow! This free pattern from Yarnspirations uses two colors of self-striping yarn to create the checkered design.

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    Fair Isle Coco Alpine Hat

    Fair Isle Coco Alpines Hat Pattern

    Caroline Emad

    This simple Fair Isle hat, topped with a handmade pom pom, uses stranded knitting to blend two colors together. Choose your favorite shades of bulky yarn and cast on this beginner-friendly project!

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    Cardigan Dagi

    Cardigan Dagi Knitting Pattern

    Astrid Tueting

    Designed for intermediate knitters who are new to stranded colorwork, this hooded cardigan makes a big statement. Even though the sleeves have a lot of detail, you only need to work with two colors at a time. And while the samples show this in bright colors, you could make this a little more subtle for a very different style.

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    Fair Isle Cuffs

    Fair Isle Cuffs Pattern

    Little Cotton Rabbits

    This free pattern for Fair Isle cuffs might look like another pair of mitts, but they are more like arm or leg warmers. You don't need to do any shaping, which makes this a great project to practice your stranded knitting technique.

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    Fair Isle Scarf

    Fair Isle Scarf Knitting Pattern

    Yarn Plaza

    Knit yourself a Fair Isle scarf with this free pattern from Yarn Plaza. Because stranded knitting is easier when working in the round, this pattern uses a technique called a steek, which allows you to cut the round apart. The instructions don't go into detail for the steek, so you may want to do a little extra research before trying it for the first time.