Ailsa Craig

Pretty Fair Isle gives this hat, cowl and mit­tens set a time­less ap­peal

The Knitter - - Contents - Mary Hen­der­son

Fair Isle hat, mitts & cowl

WORK­ING IN three tweedy shades of blue, teal and yel­low, Mary Hen­der­son has cre­ated pretty, tra­di­tional Fair Isle pat­tern­ing for her win­ter ac­ces­sories set. It com­prises a cosy cowl, a hat, and a pair of mit­tens. The cowl is worked in one piece with a Fair Isle sec­tion and a striped sec­tion; it’s then folded in half and stitched, so the wrong side is hid­den. Mary has knit­ted her set us­ing a beau­ti­ful worsted-weight al­paca yarn from The Bor­der Mill in Scot­land.

HAT

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, yarn A and the long-tail method, cast on 96 sts. Pm and join to work in the round, tak­ing care not to twist sts. Be­gin work­ing in the round in twisted rib: Round 1: *K1tbl, P1tbl; rep from * to end of round. Re­peat Round 1 for 14 more rounds. Change to 4.5mm nee­dles. Work Hat Chart Rounds 1–34, join­ing colours as re­quired and work­ing in st st and Fair Isle through­out. Place stitch mark­ers ev­ery 12 st re­peat if nec­es­sary.

DE­CREAS­ING FOR CROWN

Round 35: With yarn C, *K2, K2­tog; rep from * to end of round. 72 sts. Round 36: *K1B, K1C; rep from * to end. Round 37: With yarn C, *K1, K2­tog; rep from * to end. 48 sts. Round 38: With yarn A, *K2­tog; rep from * to end of round. 24 sts. Cut yarns B and C and cont in yarn A only. Round 39: Knit. Round 40: *S2kpo; rep from * to end. 8 sts. Round 41: Knit. Round 42: *K2­tog; rep from * to end. 4 sts.

FIN­ISH­ING

Cut yarn, leav­ing a 10cm tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull tight. Weave in ends and gen­tly block hat by steam­ing lightly with a steam iron.

COWL

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, yarn A and the long-tail method, cast on 120 sts. Pm and join to work in the round, tak­ing care not to twist sts. Purl 1 round. Be­gin moss stitch: Round 1: *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Round 2: * P1, K1; rep from * to end. Work 5 more rounds in moss stitch. Purl 1 round. Change to 4.5mm nee­dles. Work Cowl Chart Rounds 1-30, join­ing colours as re­quired and work­ing in st st and Fair Isle through­out. Change to 4mm nee­dles. Work Rounds 31–38 five times, for a to­tal of 40 rounds. Us­ing yarn C, purl 1 round. Cast off us­ing a 4.5mm nee­dle and leav­ing a 75cm yarn tail to slip stitch edges to­gether later.

FIN­ISH­ING

Weave in ends. Block by steam­ing lightly with a steam iron. Fold cowl in half and slip stitch cast-on and cast-off edges to­gether.

MIT­TENS

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, yarn A and the long-tail method, cast on 38 sts. Pm and join to work in the round, tak­ing care not to twist sts. Be­gin work­ing in the round in twisted rib: Round 1: *K1tbl, P1tbl; rep from * to end, pm af­ter stitch 19 to des­ig­nate half­way. Cont in twisted rib as set by round 1 for 11 more rounds. Change to 4.5mm nee­dles. Work Mit­ten Chart Round 1 as folls: Round 1: K1, KFB, K to 2 sts be­fore mrk, KFB, K1, slm, K1, KFB, K to 2 sts be­fore end, KFB, K1. 42 sts. Con­tinue to work from Mit­ten Chart to Round 16.

AF­TER­THOUGHT THUMB

Right-hand mit­ten Round 17: K to stitch 22, us­ing waste yarn K5 sts, slip th­ese 5 sts back to left hand nee­dle and re­sume knit­ting with yarn A. Left-hand mit­ten Round 17: K to stitch 36, us­ing waste yarn K5 sts, slip th­ese 5 sts back to left hand nee­dle and re­sume knit­ting with yarn A. Both mit­tens Con­tinue work­ing Mit­ten Chart to Round 34 and be­gin work­ing de­creases as marked on Chart. Writ­ten in­struc­tions for de­creases: Dec round: *K1, SSK, keep­ing patt cor­rect, work to 3 sts be­fore half­way marker, K2­tog, K1, slm, rep from * to end of round. 4 sts dec’d. Work 1 round. Re­peat last 2 rounds un­til there are 11 sts be­tween sets of mark­ers. 22 sts. Re­peat Dec round only un­til 5 sts be­tween mark­ers rem. Dec round: K1, s2kpo, K1, slm, K1, s2kpo, K1. Next round: S2kpo, re­move mrk, s2kpo. Cut yarn, leav­ing a 10cm yarn tail. Thread this through 2 re­main­ing sts, pull tight and thread to in­side of work.

THUMB

Re­move scrap yarn. With yarn A and 4mm DPNs, pick up and knit across 5 live sts on lower edge, pick up and knit 2 sts over the gap to up­per sts, knit 5 up­per sts on to nee­dle, pick up and knit 2 sts to bridge gap to the be­gin­ning of thumb round. 14 sts. Di­vide stitches evenly over 3 DPNS and join to work in the round. Pm. Work 15 rounds. De­crease round: * K1, SSK, K1, K2­tog, K1; rep from * once more. 10 sts. Next round: Knit. Next round: *K1, s2kpo, K1; rep from * once more. 6 sts. Next round: (S2kpo) twice. Cut yarn and pull through rem 2 sts then into the in­side.

FIN­ISH­ING

Weave in ends and gen­tly block by steam­ing lightly with steam iron.

Mit­tens use ‘peerie’ pat­tern­ing and af­ter­thought thumbs

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