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I started crocheting as part of my homeschool program around age 9. Knitting got added much later on after I graduated college. I pretty much immediately started with knitwear design and launched ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Opie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • working in the round
  • twisted ribbing

Pattern Description:

Ribbing possesses a good deal of stretch, so make sure to pick a finished size at least 2” smaller than your actual head circumference.

After completing the crown decreases you might notice the top is a bit too gathered or slightly pointed. This is easily fixed by gently blocking or steaming the crown stitches to create a smoother surface. Take care that you don’t block the bottom 2” of knitting. Doing so will make the hat fit looser than intended. The hat shown in the photos has been gently steam blocked, just enough to create a smooth crown. This keeps the silhouette that of a lengthened beanie. With more vigorous blocking you can create a looser slouchy top.

If you’re careful about weaving in ends then this hat will be reversible!


21 sts & 28 rnds = 4” in 1x1 rib on smaller needles with knitting slightly stretched.

32 sts & 28 rnds = 4” in 1x1 rib on smaller needles with knitting relaxed.

31 sts & 24 rnds = 4” in 1x1 twisted rib on larger needles with knitting relaxed.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small (Medium, Large) – 18 (20, 22)” / To Fit 20–22 (22–24, 24–26)” head circumference


  • 1 (1, 1, 1) skeins Fiddle Knits, Beat Worsted [100% superwash merino wool; 220 yds; 100 g; worsted weight], Color: Deep Blue Water
  • US 5 / 3.75mm 16” circular needle, US 7 / 4.5mm 16” circular needle & dpns

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

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