Sunday Adventure Beanie Hat – Free Knitting Pattern

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Kicking off the monthly design challenge for August 2019, working with our refined and elegant NZ Merino wool; Smooth… I bring you this cheeky little beanie.

Perfect for all your adventures, and a one size fits most design… this is fast, easy, knitting that gets a great result.  Enjoy the texture contrast AND the colour contrast too!

Materials:

2 x hanks of Smooth DK 3 Light Worsted / DK weight, 100grm or 3.5 ounces = 200m or 218 yards (please note only ** total wool was used in the hat)
One of each colour used; featured is Colour 1: Seaglass, Colour 2: Toffee

5 mm (US8) circulars on a 60cm cable or 23.5″

Round Marker

Setup:

Using Colour 1; Cast on 76 stitches – I like the longtail method for the stretch.  If you are using the knit-on method, please be mindful to keep them loose, you don’t want a toight head!

Knit one row straight.

Join in the round and place a round marker (careful not to twist your stitches)

Pattern:

Round One: Colour 1; Knit 3, Purl 1
Round Two: Colour 1; Knit 3, Purl 1
Round Three: Colour 2; Knit 3 Purl 1

Design:

Repeat this pattern, travelling your colours up until the hat measures 27cm.  This is adjustable, but allows for a decent  foldup on the band.  The crown is only 2 rounds, so if you are auditioning the hat remember it needs to be long enough to close at the top.
Finish on a Round Three.

Crown:

Using colour 1, work the first round of the crown knitting 3 stitches together (known as K3TOG), then purling the one stitch, around – you will reduce your 76 stitches to 38 stitches.

Work the second round of the crown knitting two stitches together around, (known as K2TOG) and now you have reduced your stitch count to 19 stitches.

Cut your working yarn leaving a tail long enough to thread through the 19 remaining stitches and pull closed, secure and bind off.

Finishing:

Sew in your ends, make a pompom if you fancy or find something furry to put on top.  I think the soft gathered crown effect sits pretty well without a pommy, but you decide what works for you.

SIZE NOTE – as an idea, if you would like to make this a smaller fit, you could drop 4 or 8 stitches off the pattern too.

How lovely is the texture change when you flip the band up?  Well done you
xx

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