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Guernsey, Channel Islands

I am a blogger, podcaster and knitwear designer based in Guernsey who enjoys lots of crafts. You can find out more about me at www.imakegsy.com.

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Basic Beanie

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Basic Beanie
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • knit in round
  • purl
  • knit 2 together
  • cast on
  • cast off

Pattern Description:

Sometimes less really is more. That's definitely the case with this pattern. It's a simple, but lovely, way to showcase half a skein of "too good for socks" hand-dyed yarn. It's also a perfectly portable project, ideal for knitting on the go.

This is a great pattern for beginners although please note that the first row might be a little tight. Just keep going, getting started is the most difficult bit about knitting in the round.

The pattern is designed to use half a skein of sock yarn (about 200m) but it works well if knitted longer to use up more yarn - it looks a little more slouchy that way. If you only have a small amount of yarn you may need to start the decreases earlier - perhaps put a lifeline in before you start them if you think you might run out of yarn.

Pattern update (15 December 2013) - now includes notes on knitting the pattern in aran and bulky weight yarn.


6.5 stitches per inch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The finished hat measures approximately 26 cm/10 inches long and 20cm/8 inches wide, although you could knit it far longer for more "slouch". If you'd like to make the hat bigger or smaller, ensure you cast on a number of stitches divisible by 8 so the decreases work.


  • 3.25mm (US size 3) circular knitting needle
  • 3.25mm (US size 3) DPNs
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Suggested yarn:

219 yards of Fingering weight