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Fair Isle Advent MKALendar :: colorwork accessory knitting pattern
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Fair Isle Advent MKALendar


With the Fair Isle Advent MKALendar you'll create a stocking cap or a cowl in 25 days... or take the emergency exit to turn the cap into a head-hugging beanie. All sorts of fingering-weight leftovers, scraps, half-a skeins, unicorn tails, or advent calendar minis are ideal.

Each day is presented as a stranded colorwork chart knit in the round. All charts can be worked with just two colors but you can use as many as you wish! Your color choices determine whether your project is a classic or modern interpretation of traditional Fair Isle motifs. Regardless of how many colors you pick, all rounds are knit with just two colors and short floats. Tips for choosing and using colors are provided.

Fair Isle Advent MKALendar comes in four sizes for the stocking cap or beanie (kids, teens, ladies, and gents) and one for the cowl. Length is adjustable within pattern.

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Only charted instructions are given for the colorwork patterns.

In addition to instructions for knitting the accessories, the pattern also includes

  • 24 colorwork charts in two variations: one for a light background and another for a dark background color — that's 48 charts total!

  • tips for choosing colors with seven illustrated color scheme examples

  • links to technique tutorials on colorwork

This pattern was originally released as a 25-part advent calendar mystery knitalong in December 2022.

Stocking Cap or Beanie

  • Sizes: kids [teens, ladies, gents]

  • Circumference: approx. 49 [53, 58, 62] cm / 19¾ [21, 22¾, 24½]"

  • Ribbing circumference: approx. 46 [49, 51, 55] cm /
18 [19, 20¾, 21¾]"

  • Beanie length: approx. 20 [22, 23, 24] cm / 8 [8¾, 9, 9½]" or adjustable within pattern

  • Stocking cap length: approx. 60 cm / 24"

Choose a size with approx. 10% of negative ease in ribbing and zero to a small amount of positive ease in circumference.


  • One size

  • Circumference: approx. 62 cm / 24½" or adjustable within pattern

  • Ribbing circumference: approx. 60 cm / 23½" or adjustable within pattern

  • Length: approx. 60 cm / 24" or adjustable within pattern


fingering-weight yarn leftovers, scraps, half-a skeins, unicorn tails, or advent calendar minis, a total of approx.

  • beanie: 160 [180, 190, 210] m / 180 [190, 210, 230] yd

  • stocking cap: 440 [470, 490, 530] m / 480 [510, 530, 580] yd

  • cowl: 730 m / 800 yd


  • 27 sts × 34 rnds = 10 cm / 4"


  • 2.5 and 3.25 mm / US #1½ and #3

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