Saturday, November 5, 2011

Men's Knit Beanie



This is my go-to pattern for knit winter hats; I use it for pretty much everyone, just adjusting the sizes as needed.  It's not quite as cute as the children's knit earflap hat I made a few years ago, but an old stand-by for sure!

The specifics here are for a man's winter hat, but like I mentioned, I have successfully modified it a bit for women and children's heads in the past. I recently made one for my toddler by casting on 40 stitches and starting to decrease after about 3 1/2 inches (still using the bulky-weight of yarn).

Men's Knit Beanie
Chunky weight yarn
Size 10 double-sided knitting needles
I prefer to work in around with 5 needles, so that is how the directions are given.

Cast 60 stitches onto 4 needles.
Connecting the hat into a circle, knit two, purl two for 5 1/2 inches.
Begin to decrease as follows:
Knit 4, knit 2 together around the hat.
Knit the next row.
Knit 3, knit 2 together around the hat.
Knit the next row.
Knit 2, knit 2 together around the hat.
Knit the next row.
Knit 1, knit 2 together around the hat.
Knit the next row.
Knit 2 together around.
When you get about 7 stiches at the end, pull the thread through the remaining stitches and weave-in loose ends.




Happy Knitting!


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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post! Your directions were easy to follow and my hat turned out looking great. It was a bit smaller than expected- much too small for my brother's head and a bit tight on me too. Next time I'll start with more stitches! ^_^

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  2. I'm new to knitting anything other than a scarf so I'm watching tutorials trying to figure out how to do this but...

    when you start decreasing and you say "knit 4, knit 2 together...knit next row... " etc, does that mean knit 2 purl 2 while I'm doing that? Or am I just plain knitting?

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  3. Hi Marlee!
    Just plain knitting. :) So for the one row, you will knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, around the whole row. Then the next row, just knit all the way around. Hope that helps!
    Jaime

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    1. Hi ladies,
      I have just found you wonderful page on Pinterest, and I wondering if this beanie pattern will turn out the same if knitted on STRAIGHT needles, and not DPN. Hope to hear back from you. Kim

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    2. If you use single-pointed strait needles then you will knit a flat hat and will have to stitch it up the back, which will work fine. Instead of knitting all around, you will need to reverse your pattern every other row (do knit 2 purl 2 across, then purl 2 knit 2 back the other way) to keep it the same on the right side.

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  4. Finished this today. Using chunky wool in similar colours, on 2 needles, size 5.5m. I added 1 st each end of 1/3/5 rows after 2.5ins of ribbed cuff and and knitted an extra 2 decreasing rows. Perfect size for adult male. It looks really nice and am now making a matching scarf with left over yarn. Fab.So it can be done on 2 needles as I am not a fan of circular or 4, (too old fashioned lol.)

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  6. Hi! I'm completely new to knitting hats, and was wondering if you know of any video tutorials to show me how to work with 4 needles as in your directions? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi. This is a good video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9OrDriAmtI

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  7. Are the needles size 10 mm or size 10 us?

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  8. I just tried this pattern with Deborah Norville Serenity yarn, and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing!
    the5cees.blogspot.com

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