Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fair Isle Mystery Hat - Part I

Happy Mystery Hat Day! 
I hope you've gotten your supplies and you are as anxious as I am to get started! Let's get going! It's not to late to get your supplies - click here to view the list!

Hat Size: Women's Medium

The photo, shown above, is the bottom of the hat and the section we are covering today.
Casting On Circular Needles
Using Spruce yarn, cast on 96 sts on circular needles

Allow the stitches to slide all the way around the needles. The FIRST stitch you cast on will be the first stitch that you knit. This is different from straight knitting because you usually start the LAST stitch you cast on.
Before you start knitting - Take a look at your stitches and make sure none of the stitches are twisted around the needle. Any easy way to check is just make sure all the little ridges are facing down.

The photo shown ABOVE is how the stitches should look.

The photo shown BELOW is WRONG! It has a TWIST - make sure your stitches are not twisted!
Before you make your first stitch, place a stitch marker, shown below, on your RIGHT needle. The stitch marker just slides around the needle. Whenever you come to it, you have completed one ROUND! Each time you get to it, just slide marker from the left needle to the right needle.

Okay, let's get knitting! When you reach the end of a round, you will NOT turn your work. Simply slide your marker and follow the instructions for the next round.
Round 1 Knit all stitches around.
Round 2 Purl all stitches around.
Round 3 Purl all stitches around.
Round 4 Change to Curry (green) yarn. Knit all stitches around.
Round 5 Purl all stitches around.
Round 6 Purl all stitches around.
Round 7 Change to Zinnia (coral) yarn. Knit all stitches around.
Round 8 Knit all stitches around.
Round 9 Knit all stitches around.
If you have questions, chances are someone else does too! Please POST them as a COMMENT,(you don't have to be a member to post) and I'll get to them as quickly as possible!
Here's a quick hint for not mixing up what round you are on: Print this page or a take a sheet of paper and number it from 1-9 for each round. AFTER you finish a round, check it off. You'll never loose your place if you follow this simple tip.
Now move on to Mystery Hat Part II


  1. I have to start on your mystery hat. I have the needles, of course. What is the yarn weight? I have tons of yarn. I'm dying to start. The idea of knitting a mystery hat sounds like fun.
    Thanks for the blog

  2. Hi! We used an Aran weight merino wool yarn. The gauge on Mission Falls is 18 sts over 4" on an 8 needle. We have you working down on a 7 to tighten it up since it is a hat.

    Best regards,


  3. Question - on rows 2 and 3, you purl, not knit? I know if you keep knitting in the round, you end up with the same as knit/purl stockinette stitch.

  4. Nan,

    Very good question! The pattern is correct. By purling rows noted it will create a REVERSE stockinette stitch. It is a very nice effect for the bottom of a hat. It helps keep the bottom from rolling and has the look of an attached i-cord.


  5. I think this is such a great idea, can't wait to get started. I ordered my yarn from you Tuesday and got an email later that day that it shipped via USPS priority mail. Still don't have it (Friday noon). I don't want to get behind! Do you know how long it's taking to ship the yarn? Thanks,

  6. Miapata10/19/2007

    When are we getting the next part? I can't wait to start the Fair Isle! Please don't keep me in suspense much longer.

  7. Hi everyone!

    Thank you so much for all your posts. I had hoped to get the Fair Isle going first thing this morning, but we have had a rainy day here in the Philly 'burbs and it's brought the knitters out in droves today. I promise I will start the Fair Isle today!

    If we shipped your order on Tuesday, it takes about 3 you should have it by today or tomorrow.

    Stay tuned!

  8. Can't wait to see our next step...I don't want to go out tonight. Would rather knit.

  9. This is a FREE blog. There is no sign up or limit to how many people may knit this project. Please share the project with friends!

  10. This is my first time knitting a fair isle project. At the end of each round, the yarn balls I used on that round are all twisted up from all the carrying back. Am I doing something wrong? It looks right in back but it's taking me quite a bit of time to untwist everything after each round. I'm loving it though!

  11. Anonymous11/08/2013

    would love to knit kate davies shetland wool, tam hat with the ram horns as a design It was done in black browns and cremes need help with this hat.........