For my quick and easy Beanie hat I used some fabulous ‘Crofter DK’ yarn and a pair of 4.5mm needles. I love this yarn at it gives you a Fair Isle effect without the hard work – perfect for beginners.
Step 1. Cast on 90 stitches.
Your knitting should grow pretty fast – after 2 and a half hours mine looked like this:
Front / Right / Knit Side
Back / Wrong / Purl Side
As you will see your knitting will have perfect roll to it – just what you need for your rolled brim!
A few more hours and you will hit that 20cm point!
Row 1: (Knit 7, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times until you get to the end of your row. You should have 80 stitches on your needle.
Row 2 – and all other even rows purl.
Row 3: (Knit 6, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times. You should have 70 stitches left.
Row 5: (Knit 5, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (60 stitches remaining).
Row 7: (Knit 4, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (50 stitches left).
Row 9: (Knit 3, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (40 stitches to go!)
Row 11: (Knit 2, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (30 stitches)
Row 13: (Knit 1, Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (20 stitches)
Row 15: (Knit 2 together) – repeat 10 times (10 stitches should be left on your needle).
Break off your yarn to leave a 25cm tail and thread through your remaining 10 stitches with a blunt yarn needle. Pull the yarn tail to draw your stitches together.
Did you know a Beanie hat is also called a Toque?
You can easily alter this pattern to get a different look.
For a ribbed edge:
Row 1 – (Knit 2, Purl 2) repeat from beginning to end.
Row 2 – (Purl 2, Knit 2) repeat from beginning to end
Repeat row 1 and 2 for 4 times then continue in stocking stitch until your work measures around 16cm before you shape your hat (as Step 3 above).
For a Bobble hat – just add a pompom!
Although your hat should fit most adult / teen heads, you could always make it bigger (or smaller!) by using larger (smaller needles), extra (less) stitches or a chunkier yarn.