About six months ago, I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne for a new job. This was at the height of the Australian summer and very little thought was given to the type of clothing I would require in my new city. As it turns out, even summer in Melbourne had me reaching for jumpers from time to time (which I had to buy on my first day in town) and now that the winter months are encroaching, I’m finding more and more that I want to be wrapped up from head to toe in warm knits.
A beanie is fairly straightforward as far as knits go and you can work them up very quickly in the heavier weight yarns – the example knit took me about a day from start to finish – making it a great instant gratification project or last-minute gift.
Being a basic pattern, it lends itself well to modification and embellishment – I can see it working as a good basis for a cables, basic lace and stranded colourwork. My example is simply striped in a variety of coordinating colours.
I knit the largest size in Blue Sky Fibre Woolstok using a Cool Woolstok Bundle and it came out every so slightly slouchy towards the top. These mini bundles are great for small items like hats and mitts and come as a set of 20 x 5g mini skeins. I hand-wound mine into a ball before starting so I didn’t have to deal with knitting from skeins or balling as I knitted.
I have formulated 3 sizes, but in reality, you could make any size beanie from this pattern by increase or decreasing in multiples of 8 stitches.
Yarn: Approximately 60g worsted / 10ply yarn
Gauge: 22st/10cm in stockinette
Suggested needles: 3.75mm & 4mm and 80cm cable
Notions: tapestry needle and stitch markers
Using 3.75mm needles CO 80/96/112 st using long tail cast on taking care not to over tighten the stitches.
Join for knitting in the round using your preferred method.
Work 2×2 ribbing for 5cm/(2″)/6.5cm(2.5″)/7.5cm(3″).
Switch to 4mm needles and work stockinette stitch for 6.5cm(2.5″)/8cm(3 ¼”)/10cm(4″).
*K 8/10/12, K2tog, PM* repeat until end of round.
Knit all stitches.
*K to 2 st before marker, K2tog, SM* repeat until end of round.
Repeat the previous two rows until 8 stitched remain, break the yarn leaving a 20cm/8″ tail.
Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needles in the same order they would be knit, removing each from the needle as you go.
Weave in all ends and block as desired.