Did you know you can do fair isle patterns with crochet? This crochet snowflake fair isle hat was inspired by the Team Canada toques, but it’s something everyone will love. This post includes affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting Whistle and Ivy!
A couple weeks ago, I published my Neva Hat (Team USA Hat) and I was thrilled that you loved it so much! I was also thrilled that my Canadian friends wanted an Olympic Team and I wanted to oblige.
I put a vote on my Facebook page and the pretty fair isle hat won by a landslide, so that is the design I used as inspiration for this Chinook Toque. It turned out quite lovely, the crochet snowflake fair isle is darling! Although I think the design might be a bit intricate for the stitch size (maybe?) I still love it.
I also couldn’t resist added a bit of extra Canadian flair. Aren’t these maple leaves adorable? I got them at this Etsy shop and I thought they were quite affordable, so snag up a couple for your Chinook Hat, and your future Canandian pride hats. I ordered the small ones and they are the perfect size.
The awesome thing about this design is it contains no repeats. It has space between the beginning and the end, so you will be able to size this hat up or down very easily. Simply add or subtract stitches at the beginning and end of the graph design to change the size.
Be sure to subtract an equal number from the beginning of the graph and the end so the design remains in the middle.
You also won’t be using bobbins. Just carry the unused yarn through the whole hat.
CROCHET SNOWFLAKE FAIR ISLE HAT (TEAM CANADA TOQUE) – Free Crochet Pattern
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– I Hook
– Medium Weight Yarn in 3 colors (Patons Canadiana in Cardinal, Winter White, Pale Gray Mix)
– Maple Leaf applique (optional)
– Darning Needle
Gauge: 15 sc = 4″ (Gauge Pattern)
Begin with Pale Gray: Ch 6.
1. Hdc in 2ch ch from hook. Hdc in each ch. Turn. (5 sts)
2. Ch 1. hdc in same st. Hdc in next 3 sts in BLO. Hdc in last st going through both loops. Turn. (5 sts)
Repeat row 2 until your band reached approx. 19″ (or until it fits your head snugly). Achieve this measurement by gently pulling your band. You want the hat to be snug.
Fold the the band in half and sl st the ends together forming a band. Turn the band so the loop is on the top and the seam is on the inside. Continue on to the body:
Canada Toque Body:
Work the hat body in BLO, this allows the stitches to line up properly.
1. Still using Pale Gray, ch 1. Sc around the top of the band as evenly as possible, achieving 76 total stitches. Join.
Join Cardinal (red).
2. – 28. Begin working the graph on row 2. You will begin each row with a ch 1, and end each row by joining with a sl st. (Be sure you are working in BLO) You will be using the tapestry crochet technique, similar to how the plaid stitch is worked. You can see a bit more in my Neva Hat video.
The graph has no repeats and includes the whole design.
Note: You can add or subtract stitches on either side of the design to make your hat larger or smaller!
29. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around the hat. Join with a sl st. (38 sts)
I hope you enjoy the last couple days of the Olympics! It will be fun to see what everyone will be wearing for the closing ceremonies (a festival of winter hats). This Canada Toque is my last winter project, and I am moving on to spring and summer ideas. However, I am toying with the idea of doing a Christmas in July series.
What do you think?
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