Basic Beanie Child Version Using Lang Mille Colori Baby
This child-sized version of our Basic Beanie is so sweet—and wonderfully easy-going! All you need to do is pick a yarn color and then decide what sort of brim your little one would like—a cute, rolled edge? Or maybe a short, snug band of ribbing?
We chose fingering-weight Lang Mille Colori Baby for this wee Basic Beanie—its self-striping nature brings a touch of adventure to your knitting! True to its name (mille colori means ‘a thousand colors’ in Italian), long washes of vibrant color twist together in this yarn’s single-ply strand. Spun from springy, 100% Australian merino wool, Mille Colori Baby is as resilient as it is soft!
FINGERING-WEIGHT VERSION (7 sts = 1"/2.5cm)
Preemie: 12"( Newborn: 14", Small Child: 16")
All sizes: 1 skein Lang Mille Colori Baby (207 yds/189m).
Or approx. 100 (120, 175) yds/91 (110, 160)m of a fingering-weight yarn.
Shown in Ribbed edge version, color 68.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 2 (2.75mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
1 stitch marker.
Darning needle to finish.
28 sts/48 rounds = 4"/10cm.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Glossary: K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; M1 = make one (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); P = purl; st(s) = stitch(es).
Rolled edge version:
Using smaller needles, cast on 85 (100, 110, 125, 140, 150) sts. Place a marker and join in round, being careful not to twist. Knit every round until work measures 11⁄2". Proceed to straight section.
Ribbed edge version:
Using smaller needles, cast on 84, 100, 112, 124, 140, 152) sts. Place a marker and join in round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: (K2, P2) around to marker. Repeat Round 1 until work measures 1".
Next Round: Knit, increasing (use M1) or decreasing (use K2Tog) evenly spaced as necessary, to get to 85 (100, 110, 125, 140, 150) sts.
Straight section (both versions):
Change to larger needles, and knit every round, slipping marker as you go, until work measures 4 (41⁄4, 41⁄2, 5, 5, 5)" from bottom (with edge rolled), or cast- on edge of beanie; on last round, place 4 more markers in another color, every 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 31) sts. Note: The remaining decrease rows will add approx. 2, (21⁄4, 21⁄2, 21⁄2, 3, 31⁄2)".
Note: Change to double-point needles when necessary.
Round 1: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * around. (5 sts decreased)
Round 2: Knit. Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 40 (50, 55, 60, 70, 75) sts (approx. half of your total hat body sts) remain.
Then, repeat Round 1 only (decreasing every round) until 5 sts remain.
Break yarn, leaving an 8" tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 5 sts one at a time. Draw up tightly and proceed to finishing.
Set-up Row: K2Tog twice, K1, all onto one needle. (3 sts)
I-cord Row: *Without turning, slide sts back to right end of needle, bring yarn firmly across the back and knit across to end. Repeat from * for 1" for stem, or 4" for knotted I-cord, or until desired length. Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all sts one at a time. Draw up tightly and proceed to finishing.
Embellish as desired. Why not add a pom-pom or a tassel?
Weave in ends on wrong side. Wet block or steam gently as desired.
COLOR: 0033 Blues. Fades from darkest blue to navy, aquamarine, and finishes with a nice plum.
COLOR: 0068 Earth Tones. An ancient jungle at night. Dark blues, browns, greens, and yellows.
COLOR: 0150 Purples. Peacock tail feathers! Purples, blues, greens, pinks, and even some pale orange.
COLOR: 0151 Rainbow. Pastel purple, grey, pink, orange, yellow, green, and blue.
COLOR: 0152 Red. Neon color party! Hot pink, green, orange, magenta, and blue.
COLOR: 0153 Pumpkin Patch. Pastel oranges, yellows, pinks, blues, and greens. Evokes feelings of early autumn!
Free digital Basic Beanie Fingering/Sport/DK Version pattern. (Download)