We have just popped this set of gorgeous fair isle design knitted childrens berets onto the website. They re so cute, even when photographed in black and white....
Fair isle is so useful for using up odds and ends of yarn, and these berets use tiny amounts of each colour. You could make them in lovely creams, whites and neutrals for a classy look, a range of soft chalky pastel colours for a pretty look, or how about using lots of bright colours on a white or black background for a more dramatic look. We think that one of the best things about fair isle knitting is choosing your range of colours before you start- but thats because we love all types of colours and we have an arts training background.
We do know that some of you are a little nervous about choosing colours that 'go', and our advice is always to look at something that you like - it might be a picture in a magazine, or a flower, or a painting- and see which colours are in that, and try to reproduce by using yarns of similar colours. For instance, if you like a bunch of nasturtiums, you will gets yellows, golds, oranges and greens. If you take yarns of those colours, add a cream, faun or black background and use them for fair isle designs and change the yarn every couple of rows (as usually instructed in the pattern or chart) it would look so pretty.
Please note that we do not recommend these patterns if you are a beginner at knitting. These berets incorporate 2 methods, which is 'knitting in the round' (on 4 double pointed or a circular needle) and multicolour knitting, so we recommend that you have experience in both of these methods before starting these.