Chunky Fisherman's Rib Beanie Using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky
The perfect thing to keep your ears warm in a storm! Fisherman’s Rib is a simple, rhythmic stitch pattern. The result? A cozy fabric with unequaled warmth and volume. A deeply textured stitch that's satisfying and comfy in just about any gauge. Hurray!
Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Chunky balances wool and alpaca perfectly; softness and strength gently plied with a rustic twist. Fabric has just the right amount of stretch for a hat, and colors include rich neutrals and heathered, earthy mixes. Pom-pom optional, but why not? We used some contrasting Manos Maxima on ours, but one skein of Ultra Alpaca Chunky is plenty for beanie and pom-pom.
Approx. 18"/46 cm around and 7 1/2"/19cm deep. Fits up to 23"/68cm head.
1 skein Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky (131 yds/120m each) Our sample shown in Color 72170 Cerulean Mix with a contrasting pom-pom from stash yarn. You'll have enough left to make a pom-pom in the body color if you wish.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 9 (5.5mm) 16"/60cm circular needles and DPNs, or size to obtain gauge.
Five (5) stitch markers.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
2½" pom pom maker (optional).
Approx. 13 sts = 4"/10cm in stitch pattern.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: Dec = decrease; K = knit; K1B = knit 1 below (insert right needle from front to back into center of stitch below stitch on left needle; knit this stitch, allowing stitch on needle to drop off and making sure new stitch has caught both strands); P = purl; P1B = purl 1 below (insert right needle from back to front into center of stitch below stitch on left needle; purl this stitch, allowing stitch on needle to drop off and making sure new stitch has caught both the stitch on the needle and the one below); PSSO = pass slipped stitches over; SM = slip marker; St(s) = stitch(es); WYIB = with yarn in back.
Cast on: Using cable cast-on method, cast on 60 sts. Note: If you wish to knit a smaller or larger beanie, subtract or add stitches in multiples of 12 so crown shaping resolves correctly. Don’t join in the round yet.
Row 1: Working flat, *K1, P1*; repeat between * * to end of row. Note: You will close first row gap with tail when you weave in ends.
Ribbed edging rounds: Place contrast-color marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Work 4 rounds in K1/P1 ribbing as established.
Begin working in Fisherman’s Rib as follows:
Rounds 1: *K1B, P1*; repeat between * * to end of round; slip marker.
Round 2: *K1, P1B*; repeat between * * to end of round; slip marker.
Tip: If you pick up your knitting and can’t remember which round you were on, look at the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. If it is a single strand, work into that stitch (that is, K1B or P1B). If it is a double strand, work into the stitch on the needle normally (that is, K1 or P1). Because this stitch can be tricky to fix in case of mistakes, you may wish to run a lifeline through your stitches every few inches: Thread a darning needle with a smooth strong yarn and run it through all stitches on the needle (not the marker). If you make a mistake, you can unravel to this line and slip your needle back into the stitches following the lifeline.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece, unstretched, measures approx. 6¼"/16cm, ending with Fisherman’s Rib Round 1. On last round, place 4 additional markers every 12 sts.
Shape crown: Work shaping rounds as follows, slipping markers as you come to them, and dividing sts onto 3 double-point needles when necessary. Tip: When working on double-points, let the end of each needle count as a stitch marker:
Round 1 (dec): *K1, WYIB slip next 2 sts together knitwise, P1B, PSSO; (K1, P1B) 4 times, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
[50 sts; 10 sts between markers]
Round 2 (no dec): *K1B, K1, (K1B, P1) 4 times, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
Round 3 (dec): *K1, K1B, K1; WYIB slip next 2 sts together knitwise, P1B, PSSO; (K1, P1B) 2 times, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
[40 sts; 8 sts between markers]
Round 4 (no dec): *(K1B, K1) 2 times, (K1B, P1) 2 times, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
Round 5 (dec): *WYIB slip next 2 sts together knitwise, K1, PSSO, K1B, K1; WYIB slip next 2 sts together knitwise, P1B, PSSO, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
[20 sts; 4 sts between markers]
Round 6 (dec): *K1, WYIB slip next 2 sts together knitwise, K1, PSSO, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round.
[10 sts; 2 sts between markers]
Cut yarn leaving an 8"/20cm tail. With darning needle, thread tail through remaining 10 sts sts, removing stitch markers. Draw up tightly. Run yarn through same stitches again for strength and insert needle through center of crown, bringing tail to wrong side.
Finishing: Weave in ends on wrong side. Gently steam or wet block; allow to dry. If you like, embellish with a pom-pom made with leftover yarn, or for a splash of color (and if you are short on the beanie yarn) try a different yarn in a different color, or mix them together!
COLOR: 7201 Winter White. Creamy ivory.
COLOR: 7206 Light Grey. Heathery blend of light greys.
COLOR: 7207 Salt and Pepper. Medium heathery charcoal grey.
COLOR: 7214 Steel Cut Oats. Oatmeal taupe.
COLOR: 7234 Cardinal. Vivid crimson-red.
COLOR: 7245 Pitch Black. Inky black.
COLOR: 7277 Peat Mix. Heathery pine and forest greens.
COLOR: 7279 Potting Soil Mix. Warm browns.
COLOR: 7288 Blueberry Mix. Dark blueberry blue with a touch of purple.
COLOR: 7292 Tigers Eye. Heathery coppers and golden tans.
COLOR: 72171 Berry Pie Mix. Berries, plums, and vivid purple.
COLOR: 72182 Indigo Mix. Tealy navy and purple.
COLOR: 72183 Garnet Mix. Dark red plum swirled with vivid violet blue.
COLOR: 72170 Cerulean Mix. Blended greeny-blues and turquoise, with hints of purple and gold.
COLOR: 7289 Charcoal. Perfect dark charcoal.
COLOR: 7281 Redwood Mix. Warm brick red.
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