Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Slouchy Mushroom Beanie

I love slouchy beanies. They make the perfect winter accessory - they keep you nice and warm, but they're still really stylish. I'm teaching a workshop on how to knit in the round soon, and I wanted to use beanie pattern that wasn't too complicated - just knit, purl, and some basic increases and decreases. After a bit of an internet search proved fruitless, I decided to just write my own.

I still had a ball of We Are Knitters yarn left over from my seed stitch scarves, so I decided to make a beanie that would match the scarf. This pattern doesn't use a whole ball - if you go buy yourself three balls and make the hat first, you can use the left overs to make your scarf a little longer.

  


Feel free to make as many of these for yourself or as gifts or donations, but please don't sell them for profit.

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

SIZE


One size fits most adults

Finished band diameter: 25cm/9.5"
Stretches to 35cm/13"

GAUGE

13 sts and 16 rows to 10cm (4") measured over the four rows of the seed stitch pattern.

YARN

We Are Knitters petite wool yarn, pictured in spotted grey. 1 ball.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLES

8mm/US 11 circular needles, 1m/40" long.
6.5mm/US 10.5 circular needles,  40cm/16" long.

NOTES

See Knitty's standard list for abbreviations and techniques.

Seed stitch pattern

Round 1: (K1, P1) until end of round.
Round 2: (K1, P1) until end of round.
Round 3: (P1, K1) until end of round.
Round 4: (P1, K1) until end of round.

PATTERN

Ribbing

Using the smaller needles, CO 76. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: (K1, P1) until end of row.
Rounds 2-15: Repeat Row 1.

Body

Switch to larger needles, begin knitting using the magic loop method.

Round 1: * (P1, K1) 9 times, KFB, (K1, P1) 9 times, KFB; repeat from * once more. 80 sts.
Round 2: * (P1, K1) 9 times, P1, KFB, (K1, P1) 9 times, K1, KFB; repeat from * once more. 84 sts.
Rounds 3-22: Work seed stitch pattern 5 times.

Crown

Round 1: * (K1, P1) 5 times, K2tog, P2 tog; repeat from * 5 more times. 72 sts.
Round 2: * (K1, P1) 4 times, K2tog, P2 tog; repeat from * 5 more times. 60 sts.
Round 3: * (P1, K1) 3 times, P2tog, K2 tog; repeat from * 5 more times. 48 sts.
Round 4: * (P1, K1) 2 times, P2tog, K2 tog; repeat from * 5 more times. 36 sts.
Round 5: * K1, P1, K2tog, P2 tog; repeat from * 5 more times. 24 sts.
Round 6: K2 tog, P2 tog until end of row. 12 sts.

Finishing

Break yearn and thread through last 12 sts, pull tight to close. Sew in ends.

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