November 2020
Kathy Coull’s Home-Grown Fair Isle Oo
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Fair Isle pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
256 yards (234 m)
One size. To fit heads up to 23 in (58.5 cm) circumference.
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This pattern is published in Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book Fair Isle Weekend. The book is available in 2 versions: in English and in Finnish.

Maalie is an aran weight hat. The deeply ribbed brim is folded double to keep your ears warm and hold the hat in place, even in gale-force winds. After the ribbing, simple Fair Isle peerie patterns create another double layer of warmth. The cap is finished with a gently shaped crown, topped with a pompom.

Maalie is knit with grey and white, the colors of a local sea bird, the fulmar petrel; its namesake.

One Size.

To fit heads up to 23 in (58.5 cm) circumference.

Circumference unstretched: 17¾ in (45 cm).
Length: 13 in (33 cm).
Length with ribbed brim folded up: 9½ in (24 cm), 3½ in (9 cm) folded-up ribbing, 6 in (15 cm) Fair Isle section, not including optional pompom.

Yarn: Kathy Coull’s Home-Grown Fair Isle Oo (light aran weight, 100% unwashed, undyed Shetland wool, 85 yds / 78 m per 50 g ball).
MC) 2 balls in Fair isle Grey
CC) 1 ball in Fair isle White.

Yarn Substitution: Jamieson’s Shetland Heather (100% Shetland wool, 100 yds / 92 m per 50 g ball)
MC) 2 balls in 103 Sholmit (Grey)
CC) 1 ball in 104 Natural White.

Needles: 16 in (40cm) circular needles in sizes US 5 (3.75 mm), US 6 (4 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm). DPNs in size US 6 (4 mm).

Notions: Locking stitch marker or safety pin, stitch markers, tapestry needle, balloon (for blocking), pompom-making materials (optional).

22 sts x 22 rnds = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm) in Fair Isle pattern on largest needles, after blocking.

22 sts x 26 rnds = 4 x 4 in (10 x 10 cm) in ribbing on smallest needles, without blocking.