If you are a fan of colourful knitting, you will love the Fair Isle technique.
Fair Isle knitting originates from Scotland. The beautiful colour work method is also known as stranded knitting.
Two or more stands of yarns are carried across the knitting project, and are picked up and swapped over to create beautiful repeat patterns.
Fair Isle is usually worked from a chart, but the instructions are sometimes written as text within a knitting pattern.
If you are new to Fair Isle knitting, you may like to read our article Fair Isle Knitting Tips for Beginners.
Free Fair Isle Knitting Patterns
Whether you are new to Fair Isle knitting, or an experienced yarn crafter, you will definitely enjoy these free Fair Isle knitting patterns. We have searched around the net and think that these patterns are definitely amongst the best free designs out there.
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The first free Fair Isle knitting pattern on our list is the Frosted Fair Isle knit hat. This is modern hat design knit in worsted/aran thickness wool. The hat is an intermediate level knit and is made on 4mm circular knitting needles.
If you like to knit colourful cushions, you will love this next free Fair Isle knitting pattern. Knit in DK yarn, this is an excellent project for using up yarn scraps as well as for practicing the Fair Isle knitting technique.
This Fair Isle beanie and scarf knitting pattern will keep you cosy and stylish looking all year round. A beautiful free knitting pattern.
This block patterned hat is a wonderful free knitting pattern for beginners to Fair Isle knitting. It would look great knit up in subtle shades as well as in the bright colours shown here.
Fair Isle and socks are a perfect match, and this free knitting pattern is knit top down. An interesting and stylish project.
How about this awesome tablet case as a totally different type of Fair Isle knitting pattern? This would make an awesome gift for the special techy person in your life. This great free knitting pattern is from Lion Brand.
If you prefer a larger knitting project to get your teeth into, how about this stunning Fair Isle throw? This free knitting pattern will make the most stunning item for a beautiful home.
The next knitting pattern on our list is the Cliffs of Moher Sweater. This is complex knit for those of you who are experienced knitters. This is a stunning free knitting pattern from Vogue Knitting.
This Northern Star Fair Isle Cowl knitting pattern is worked in 4 ply yarn. With a beautiful snowflake star design, it is a perfect knit for the autumn or milder winter days.
If you love a smaller knitting project, the free knitting pattern for these Fair Isle Cloudberry fingerless mittens may be perfect for you. The Fair Isle design on these lovely mittens is worked via a chart.
If you are looking for a free knitting pattern for a very quick Fair Isle project, this cafetière cosy may be just the thing for you! This is an ideal project for using up oddments of yarn too!
We love this Fizzy Fairisle Sweater for Grown Ups knitting pattern. It is a modern take on Fair Isle knitting, knit up in chunky yarn.
An intermediate knit, the next design on our best free Fair Isle knitting pattern list is a lovely pair of mittens. A traditional looking design worked in two colours, these mittens are simply stunning.
Those of you who love to knit toys will love this cute little owl knitting pattern. The added Fair Isle detailing makes it look really modern and vintage all at the same time!