Hat pattern makes a slightly slouchy traditional pompom hat, with ribbing and hat body in one yarn colour. The traditional Fair Isle motif needs five additional colours in much smaller quantities.
The chart is 23 stitches by 17 rounds (including the striped rounds). You begin by knitting the ribbing and then, on the last ribbing round, you increase to a multiple of 23. This keeps the ribbing snug and allows a bit of room in the body of the hat, as stranded knitting is often a wee bit tighter than plain old stocking stitch.
The pattern is written for DK yarn, and the Fair Isle band is perfect for using up little balls of yarns you just couldn't throw away. If one is sport-weight and another worsted? Don't worry - stranded knitting covers a lot of sins!
Yarns used in the picture:
Main colour: Ginger Twist Studio
CC1 dark turquoise: Rowan Tweed
CC2 light turquoise: New Lanark DK
CC3 sand: Holst Garn (held double)
CC4 charcoal: Excelana DK
CC5 chartreuse: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
add photos (e.g. landscape, garden etc) and corresponding alternatives
Make some matching wrist warmers with finer yarn? Make a cowl in chunky yarn?