Pardon my wonky eyebrows, I woke up just a few minutes before I decided to take these pictures. 😛
I just want to start off by saying that I can’t take full credit for the creation of this beanie. I found a pattern on ravelry by Zabet Kempfert (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/zabet-kempfert) and loved it. I decided to make a pattern using a similar style; I really loved the texture that Zabet created but I wanted to change it up to make it my own. I used some styles and motifs from her pattern to develop my own creation. Here’s the pattern that I came up with:
- 4 or 5 US 8 (5.0 mm) DPNs (I used 4, but I would suggest using 5; it makes the pattern a little easier to work with)
- Caron Simply Soft heather yarn in Charcoal
- Place marker (not necessary, but may be useful)
- Tapestry needle
K2 – knit 2
P2 – pearl 2
K2Tog – knit 2 together
*Note* this pattern is made for a small to medium sized head (20-22 inches); for a larger head, refer to the numbers in parentheses when casting on.
Cast on 72 (76) stitches using an alternate cable cast-on method in a P2 K2 pattern; your first cast on stitch will be a pearl stitch. Turn work and join in the round. Work in a K2 P2 pattern until the brim measures 3.5 inches.
Round 1: Knit all stitches for one round.
Round 2: *Move yarn to the front. Slip 2 stitches from left needle to right needle. Wrap yarn tail around slipped stitches so that it is now in the back again. Slip the 2 stitches back to the left needle; knit those 2 stitches as normal. Knit 4 stitches.* – repeat for whole row.
Round 3: Knit all stitches for one round.
Round 4: *Knit 2 stitches. Move yarn to front. Slip 2 stitches from left needle to right needle. Move yarn to back. Slip the 2 stitches back to left needle; knit those 2 stitches as normal. Knit 2 stitches.* – repeat for whole row.
Repeat rounds 1-4 until the work measures 9 inches
Round 1: *K2, K2Tog* – repeat for whole row
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *K1, K2Tog* – repeat for whole row
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: *K2Tog* – repeat for whole row
Round 6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: *K2Tog* – repeat for whole row
Round 8: Knit all stitches
Cut yarn and use your tapestry needle to thread the yarn tail through the remaining stitches left on the needle. Knot the yarn, and weave in any loose ends.
My goal was to create an almost cable-knit pattern style, minus the actual cable knit (because there’s a lot of things about knitting that I still have to learn, and cable knit is one of them!); hopefully my mission was accomplished in this pattern.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc., please do not hesitate to ask! My comment box is wide open. 🙂
As always, stay bitchin’!