Basic Beanie Using Rowan Big Wool
Basic Beanie Using Rowan Big Wool
Warm weather seems to be a long way off. Mornings are frosty, the wind is chilly, the cold is nipping at our nose and ears... Well, we can take care of that! This basic beanie in a bulky wool will be on your head in—if not a few hours—a few nights of knitting. It’s a free pattern, so all you need to do is pick a color and then decide what sort of brim you’d like—the casual, rolled edge featured here? Or maybe a short band of ribbing? Up to you!
For a hat both warm and quick, we love Rowan Big Wool. It’s a woolly mammoth of a yarn at two and a half stitches to the inch (there’s the quick) and 100% merino wool (there’s the warm). We’ve chosen a mellow palette of colors—calm neutrals and a pretty bright.
Adult Medium 20" (Adult Large 22").
Directions for adult medium size given, with adult large size in parentheses ( ).
1 skein Rowan Big Wool (87 yds/80m each). Sample shown in color 7 Smoky with rolled edge.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 15 (10mm) 16" circular & double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 13 (9mm) 16" circular needle, or one size smaller than needle used to obtain gauge.
5 stitch markers, 1 in a different color.
Darning needle to finish.
10 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch.
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).
To adjust size: For rolled edge version, add or subtract sts in multiples of 5. For ribbed edge version add or subtract sts in multiples of 2; adjust to a multiple of 5 sts for straight section and decrease rounds.
Rolled edge version: Using smaller needle, cast on 50 (55) sts. Place contrast-color marker and join in round, being careful not to twist.
Knit every round until work measures 1½"/3.8cm. Proceed to straight section.
Ribbed edge version: Using smaller needle, cast on 50 (54) sts. Place contrast-color marker and join in round, being careful not to twist.
Rounds 1-4: (K1, P1) around, slipping marker.
Adult large size only: Knit around and use M1 method to increase one stitch at end of round (55 sts).
Both sizes: Proceed to straight section.
Straight section: (both versions) Change to larger needle and knit every round, slipping marker, until work measures 5"/13cm (5¼"/13.5cm), or desired length, from bottom of rolled edge or cast-on edge of beanie; on last round, place 4 more markers every 10 (11) sts.
Note: The remaining decrease rounds will add approx. 3"/7.5cm to hat depth.
Decrease rounds: (both versions) 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 Round 1 only (decreasing every round) until 5 sts remain.
Finishing: Break yarn, leaving a 7"/18cm tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 5 sts one at a time; draw tail up tight. Run tail through same 5 sts again and bring needle to wrong side through the center. Weave in ends on wrong side. Wet block or steam gently as desired.
COLOR: 8 Black. Black.
COLOR: 43 Forest. Forest green.
COLOR: 1 White Hot. Bright creamy white.
COLOR: 7 Smoky. Dark muted slate.
COLOR: 48 Linen. Pale natural linen.
COLOR: 79 Pantomime. Fuchsia pink.
COLOR: 64 Prize. Dusty mauve.
COLOR: 21 Ice Blue. Pale icy blue.
Free digital Basic 'Big Wool' Beanie pattern. (Download)
COLOR: 89 Cerise. Nearly-neon fuchsia.
COLOR: 90 Pumpkin. Exactly how it sounds.
COLOR: 91 Citron. Electric lemon-lime.
COLOR: 92 Oasis. The clearest summer day sky.
COLOR: 93 Midori. Is this melon liqueur or yarn?