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Color-Tipped Italian Cashmere Beanie

Color-Tipped Italian Cashmere Beanie

"Six plies of cashmere, one modern hat."

Treat yourself to a skein of exquisite worsted-weight Italian cashmere and make one simple, modern hat. Add a contrasting color on the edge for a bit of pizazz! Perfect for men and women alike.

String Classica takes six indulgent plies of the finest cashmere and winds them snugly together into a heavenly yarn. Knit in the round in a simple stockinette beanie, it's just what you'll want on your head all winter long. A ribbed edge keeps it snug over your ears, and tidy decreases finish it off. A quick bath allows your cashmere to bloom beautifully and become even softer (is that possible?!).

Kit includes: 1 skein of String Classica; one spool of contrasting tipping color (approximately 8 yards of String Classica); the printed pattern; a clear giftable box tied with Churchmouse ribbon.

Spools of edge tipping colors are sold separately below if you'd like to put together your own color combination. And you can find the pattern on the Free Pattern tab.

Approx. 20"/51cm around x 8"/20cm deep, not stretched. To fit up to 23"/58.5 cm head.

1 skein String Classica (125 yds/114m each) 100% Italian-milled cashmere and 1 spool String Classica in tipping color (8 yds/7m); printed beanie pattern; clear box tied with Churchmouse ribbon. Shown in Robin's Egg 1160 with Cream 006 tipping color.

US 8 (5.0mm) 16" circular needle and double-points, or size to obtain gauge.
US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle (or one size smaller than gauge needle) for ribbing.
Five stitch markers (1 in a different color to designate beginning of round).
Darning needle to finish.

18 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: Dec(’d) = decrease(d); K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; P = purl; SM = slip marker; St(s) = stitch(es).

Cast On: Using smaller needle and contrast-color yarn, using cable cast-on method, cast on 92 sts. Note: If you choose to adjust the size, you must cast on a multiple of 4 sts for ribbing and adjust to a multiple of 5 sts for decrease rounds. Do not join in the round yet.

Row 1 (worked flat): *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end.
Place contrast-color marker on needle and join in the round, being careful not to twist. On following rounds, slip marker as you come to it.

Ribbed edge: Round 1: Change to main color; knit all sts. (This will create a ‘glitchless’ color change.)
Round 2: *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end of round.
Repeat Round 2 three more times or until work measures 1"/2.5cm from cast-on edge.

Plain rounds: Change to larger needle; knit one round decreasing twice (use K2Tog), evenly spaced, to 90 sts.
Continue knitting every round until work measures 5½"/14cm from cast-on edge, or desired length (dec rounds will add approx 2½"/6.5cm); on last round, place 4 more markers, one every 18 sts.

Decrease rounds: Note: Change to double-point needles when necessary.
Round 1: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog, SM*; repeat between * * to end of round. [5 sts dec’d]
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Round 1 only (decreasing every round) until 5 sts remain.

Finishing: Break yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 5 sts one at a time, then draw up tightly. Repeat for strength. Weave in ends on wrong side.

Blocking: Wet blocking will allow your cashmere to bloom beautifully.
Soak hat in cool water with a little no-rinse wool soap for 10−15 minutes. Gently squeeze to remove as much water as possible (do not twist or wring). Roll in dry towel or run through machine spin cycle in lingerie bag. Lay flat to dry.

Download printable "Color-Tipped Italian Cashmere Beanie" pdf pattern.

COLOR: Robin's Egg with Cream tipping.

COLOR: Tan with Red tipping.

COLOR: Black with Light Heather Grey tipping.

COLOR: Cinnamon with Red tipping.

COLOR: Charcoal with Red tipping.

COLOR: Navy with Light Heather Grey tipping.

COLOR: Light Heather Grey with Cream tipping.

COLOR: Red with Light Heather Grey tipping.



TIPPING COLOR: Light Heather Grey.



















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