I’ve finally written up my new pattern for these very easy beanie hats! This is the first time I’ve written a pattern for multiple sizes, so there has been a lot of frantic test knitting over the last couple of weeks. I’ve tried to keep the pattern fairly simple but I did fuss over the ribbing a bit to make sure that it sits nicely even when it is stretched. Hopefully it’s still straight forward enough for anyone trying knitting in the round for the first time.Two tone chunky beanie
This pattern is knitted in the round, so you will need:
DPNs or circular needles in 6mm and 5mm (I used a combination of both, circulars for the main part and DPNs for the crown, but if you do magic loop you won’t need the DPNs)
1 ball of each colour chunky yarn that knits to 14 stitches and 21 rows to 10cm/4 inches (I used Stylecraft Life Chunky in Dapple Grey with Stylecraft Special Chunky in Denim for the child size, Lavender for the adult size and Teal for the extra-large size). There will be plenty left to make a pompom if you want one.
Stitch marker to keep track of the start/end of each round
There is a lot of stretch in the ribbing in all the sizes, ensuring a good fit. The child size comfortably fits my nieces (aged 9 and 13) but their 11 year old brother needs an adult size (he has a 57 cm head measurement and the child size wasn’t quite deep enough). The extra-large size was written mostly for the benefit of my husband who needs an unusually large hat size. He almost never manages to find anything to fit his 66 cm head!
If in any doubt as to what size to knit, go with the adult size.
Instructions are given for the child size first, with the adult and extra-large sizes in square brackets.
On 5mm needles cast on 72 [78:86] stitches
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rounds
*Knit 6 [8:7] k2together. repeat from * 9[7:9] times. Knit 0[6:5] Adult size only knit2together. 63 [70:77] stitches
Switch to 6mm needles
Knit in stocking stitch (knit every round) until hat measures 12cm
Cut yarn (leaving a long tail to darn in) and start second colour. Continue in stocking stitch until hat measures 16 [17:18] cm.
Round 1:* Knit 2together knit 5. Repeat from * 9 [10:11] times. 54 [60:66] stitches.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: * Knit 2together knit 4. Repeat from *9 [10:11] times. 45 [50:55] stitches.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: * Knit 2together knit 3. Repeat from *9 [10:11] times. 36 [40:44] stitches.
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: * Knit 2together knit 2. Repeat from *9 [10:11] times. 27 [30:33] stitches.
Round 8: Knit.
Round 9: * Knit 2together knit 1. Repeat from *9 [10:11] times. 18 [20:22] stitches.
Round 10: Knit 2together 9[10:11] times. 9 [10:11] stitches.
Cut yarn and use a darning needle to thread the end through the remaining stitches, pull tight, and darn in all your ends.
Optional: use your favourite method to make a pompom, and sew it to the top of your hat.
I’d love to see pictures of your hat if you use this pattern. 🙂 You can find the Ravelry page here.