Fair Isle Banded Slouchy Hat - A Free Crochet Pattern

Happy Monday, readers! Have you noticed that fair isle prints are SUPER hot this year!?  Both in clothing and home decor-if you look you can find them everywhere.  My daughter even has a pair of toddler fair isle leggings that she will be wearing with her Christmas outfit :)

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Fair isle is a technique that is often seen in knitting patterns, but it absolutely works with crochet as well.  Using tapestry crochet techniques and a simple fair isle design you can make this adorable Fair Isle Banded Slouchy Hat.  This hat is a perfect, stylish and modern touch to the snowy weather that is here now!



  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • HDC: half-double crochet
  • HDV: half-double v-stitch (description below)


Special Stitch

HDV: HDC, ch 1, HDC in same stitch



14 sts x 14 rows = 4" square in SC


Finished Size:

Width: 10.5"

Height (excluding pom pom): 11"


Pattern Notes

  • The fair isle band is constructed in non-turning rows.  This means you will cut and tie your yarn at the end of each row, and then start back at the beginning again with the next row.
  • The length and overall "slouchiness" of this hat can be modified by adding or subtracting rows.
  • For the fair isle portion of the pattern-yarn should be carried for the color changes (aka tapestry crochet) 


Fair Isle Band

  • Color A: Holly Berry/Color B: White
  • The use of SC stitches throughout the band is implied.  For pattern instructions I will note the color changes.
  • The white row along the bottom of the hat will be added after the rest of the band is complete.  The diameter of the hat can be adjusted by altering the overlap of the band (explained below).  Adjust in increments of 3 sts.
This pattern will repeat about 4.5 times.  Your band will start and end with the 'X' shape.

This pattern will repeat about 4.5 times.  Your band will start and end with the 'X' shape.

ch 78, turn

Row 1: Using Color A, SC across (77). Cut and tie off

Row 2: (remember you are NOT turning your rows, but starting back at the beginning) *Color B, Color A, repeat from *across (alternating each color 1 stitch at a time).  Cut and tie off

Row 3: Color A across, cut and tie off

Row 4: Color B across, cut and tie off

Row 5: *1 B, 1 A, 1 B, 1 A, 2 B, 1 A, 1 B, repeat from * 9 times, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B (77), cut and tie off

Row 6: *2 B, 1 A, 2 B, 3 A, repeat from * 9 times, 2 B, 1 A, 2 B (77), cut and tie off

Row 7: same as Row 5

Row 8: Color B across, cut and tie off

Row 9: Color A across, cut and tie off

Row 10: Same as Row 2

Row 11: Color A across, cut and tie off

Weave in your ends.  Form your band into a circle that overlaps by 5 stitches (hold together with stitch markers or safety pins while you work).  Attach Color B, ch 1 and SC around the hat, working through both layers where the band overlaps.  When you finish you should have your first round (Round 1) of 72 sts.  Sl st to the first SC of the round.  Repeat this process along the bottom of the band.  Ensure that your band is right side out, and attach desired buttons to make a mock closure.

You will now be working in rounds for the rest of the project.


Round 2: using Color A, attach yarn to Round 1 and ch 3 (counts as first HDC and ch stitch), HDC into same stitch.  This forms your first HDV, skip 2, continue with HDV, skip 2 around.  Attach to first HDC of the round with a sl st. (24 HDV sts)

Rounds 3-17:  sl st into the first ch 1 space of the first HDV of the previous round.  Ch 3 (counts as first HDC and ch stitch), HDC into the same space, HDV in the ch spaces of the previous round around.  Attach to the first HDC with a sl st. (24 HDV sts)


At the end of round 17, tie off leaving a 12" tail.  Use a yarn needle to weave the tail back and forth the stitches in round 17 and pull to cinch the hat shut.  Tie to secure.  Create a large pom pom in Color B and attach it to the top of the hat.  Weave in all ends.



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