#Fair Isle Friday Series {week 1}

Have you guys jumped on the Fair Isle Crochet train yet? This stitch is super special to me. It’s the stitch that pushed me to publish my first crochet pattern. I stumbled upon the center single crochet stitch this past summer.

I searched EVERYWHERE for a hat pattern & found nothing. So being the DIYer that I am, I came up with my own pattern. If I was looking for the pattern I’m sure others were too!  Because of that, I really wanted to share this with everyone. *Update* Now I have a free Ikat Hat Pattern that uses this knit look stitch.

If you have tried the center single crochet stitch, also known as the waistcoat stitch, you know it’s a very tight stitch. Quite a few people were having problems keeping the tension loose & inserting your hook. In this video, I show you how to make that easier!

Center Single Crochet Stitch

4 Center Single Crochet Tips

      1. Use a larger Hook, I have this one. An aluminum hook with a pointy tip is helpful.
      2. Crochet loosely.
      3. Working in the round is best.
      4. Use the “No-Cut Join Method” for joining at the end of each round. This seamless join will help keep your stitches from slanting.

I’m doing a 4-week #Fair Isle Friday series just for you. Each Friday I will share a new tip, everything you need to know to get the faux knit look.

fair isle crochet videoIf you are ready to put the waistcoat stitch to work, here’s a few crochet patterns to try.


Mittens / Chunky Hat / Medium Weight Hat