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I learned to knit in 2001 while recovering from an illness and quickly began modifying patterns and then designing my own garments.

My designs have since been seen in Knitty, Interweave Knits, ...

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Coffee and Cream Beanie

from Sarcastic Stitches
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Coffee and Cream Beanie
Coffee and Cream Beanie
Coffee and Cream Beanie
Coffee and Cream Beanie
Coffee and Cream Beanie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Stranded Colorwork

Pattern Description:

Dye your own yarn with coffee, then knit a coffee-themed hat!

One, 100g ball of white yarn is divided into three smaller balls, two of which are dyed with coffee. One ball gets a quick dye in weaker coffee to produce a pale brown, while the other is dyed more slowly in stronger coffee to produce a darker brown shade.

The colorwork pattern is inspired by the swirling shapes made by cream as it is added to a hot cup of fragrant coffee. The white crown of the hat represents the cream; the light and dark brown swirls are the coffee as it mixes with the cream; and the white ribbing at the bottom of the hat represents the thick-walled white ceramic mug holding the coffee.

This hat is knit from the bottom up and worked in the round.


21 sts and 24 rows to 4"/10cm in st st using larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Teen/Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult
  • Finished size: 19 (21, 23)"/48 (53, 58.5) cm
  • To fit head size: 20 (22, 24)"/51 (56, 61) cm


  • 1 ball Patons Classic Wool, 100% wool (210 yds/192 m) per 100g/3.5 oz ball) in color 00202 Aran
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm dpns
  • US Size 6/4.0mm dpns
  • 12 tablespoons instant coffee, divided
  • 2 teaspoons alum (available at large grocery stores or bulk food stores)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar (available at large grocery stores or bulk food stores)

You Will Also Need:

  • Darning Needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Large pot
  • Microwave and large microwave-safe dish (optional)
  • Measuring spoons and cup
  • Waste yarn - use smooth, non-felting, pale yarn (white acrylic is ideal)