Allamanda Hat

Allamanda fair isle slouched tam with embroidery

My new Allamanda Hat design.  It’s easier than it looks.

Allamanda Hat, an embroidered Fair Isle knitting design by Mary Ann Stephens

It’s first knit in typical Fair Isle style (no more than two colors at once.)  When the knitting is done, you have the option to get carried away with some simple embroidery: nothing too fancy – I just used duplicate stitch, straight stitch and a few French knots. (But I’d love to see any of your renditions, plain or fancy.)

Fair Isle knitting with embroidery, the Allamanda Hat, designed by Mary Ann Stephens+

The pattern includes greyscale and colorized charts for both the multi-colored, embroidered version and a two-colored, unadorned version.  There are separate charts for the band and the main portion of the hat, so you can do one part multi-colored, one part two-colored, if you’d like.  Of course, in addition to all of the usual knitting info, the embroidery instructions are included, too.

I chose Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 2-ply jumper weight 100% Shetland wool for mine.  Between its glorious color range and its helpful “sticky” nature (quite the asset, when it comes to managing loose embroidery ends), it was an easy choice.  (Yarn pack or kit available here.) But, especially if you’d rather do the two-colored version, sans the embroidery, there are myriad fingering weight yarns that could work nicely.  Dale of Norway Baby Ull is a personal favorite – it will definitely highlight the lines of the motifs. Of course, narrowing down color choices can be tricky…

Color alternatives for fair isle embroidered hat Allamanda by Mary Ann Stephens.

(Proof that I spend too much time goofing around with photo editors.)

Anyway, I hope you like it.  If you have any questions, you know where to find me!

Fair Isle hat with embroidery, Allamanda Hat, by Mary Ann Stephens, copryright 2012

Happy knitting…and embroidering!


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1 Response to Allamanda Hat

  1. Gale says:

    Your hat is so beautiful. I am a novice at fair isle but i have been doing double knitting and I love it.YOur work is full of color and expression. So good. Blessings to you and yours Gale

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