This classic textured beanie is the chunky winter wearable alter ego to the lightweight basketweave baby blanket I’m working on right now. This week’s weather and the blanket inspired this hat pattern because in April, in Wisconsin, it’s 70 degrees and sunny on Monday (so I was working on the blanket), now the meteorologist says it’ll be 35 and snow on Thursday (perfect for the hat).
I’ll be publishing the blanket pattern as soon as I finish and decide on a border.
Yarn: Super Bulky Size 6 – personally, I love Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, I used Wheat for my first hat. I also used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Mushroom, it’s very soft and squishable!
Needles: 9mm, 16″ circular – personally, I love my bamboo Clover Takumi knitting needles
Long tail cast-on: 48 sts
Rows 1-8 Ribbing: K1, P1 around (48 sts)
Row 9: P3, K3 around
Row 10: K1 around
Row 11: P3, K3 around
Row 12: K1 around
Row 13: P3, K3 around
Row 14: K1 around
Row 15: P3, K3 around
Row 16: K1 around
Row 17: K3, P3 around
Row 18: K1 around
Row 19: K3, P3 around
Row 20: K1 around
Row 21: K3, P3 around
Row 22: K1 around
Row 23: K3, P3 around
Row 24: K1 around
Rows 25-31: Repeat Rows 9 to 15
Row 32: *K2tog, K1, K1* around, repeat * to * 12 times (this reduces your total to 36 sts)
Row 33: K1 around (36 sts)
Row 34: *K2tog, K1* around, repeat * to * 12 times (this reduced your total to 24 sts)
Note: Row 33 gets pretty tight on circular needles but I don’t switch to double pointed needles, I just pull the excess cord through the stitches but you can skip this row if it’s too difficult, it doesn’t make a big difference.
Note: If you want your hat to be a bit more “slouchy” then add 4-5 more rows before Row 27 decrease. I’ve found regular beanies (to be adult sized) need to be 30-32 rows for my tension with this weight of yarn. And I add 4-6 rows, total 35-38 rows, for a decent length to be slouchy style.
When it’s the length you like:
Cut yarn leaving an 8″ tail then thread through the remaining loops and remove from needles, cinch closed and weave end to the inside to secure.
Pom is optional, of course!