Beginning to whittle down that handmade pressie list? Elen Angharad’s speedy beanie is here to help.
Last minute pressie-buying panic setting in? Relax – whip up a couple of these super-speedy beanie hats using one of our free knitting patterns. This chunky, stretchy hat will fit (and suit!) most adults, and you can customise it by switching up shades, or adding a contrast colour pom pom. The ball of yarn used is enough to make two separate hats – ideal for express gift making. If you’re a newbie to knitting, try and keep your stitches as loose as possible. Many new knitters will knit very tightly which makes it difficult to knit the next row.
What you’ll need:
• Cascade Magnum yarn, 100% Highland Peruvian Wool, 250g/112m per ball, one ball in Birch Heather (9564)
• 15mm (US19) straight needles
• 65mm pom pom maker, available at Hobbycraft
7 stitches and 10 rows to 10cm (4″) over stocking stitch using
k2tog knit 2 sts together
Approx 36cm (14″) around the brim and 25cm (10″) high (excluding pom pom)
The hat is made in one piece from the brim to the top. The side seam is sewn and a pom pom added. Using the long tail cast on method will ensure the edge is stretchy. Cast on 32 stitches using the long tail method.
Rows 1-7 *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row
Row 8 knit
Row 9 purl
Repeat last 2 rows 4 more times.
Start decreasing to shape the top of the hat.
Row 18 *k3, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [26sts]
Row 19 purl
Row 20 *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [20sts]
Row 21 purl
Row 22 *k1, k2tog; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 [14sts]
Row 23 purl
Row 24 *k2tog; repeat from * to end of row [7sts]
Measure a 150cm (59″) tail of yarn and cut your hat away from your ball of yarn. Thread your tapestry needle with the yarn and pull through the live stitches on the knitting needle. Pull tight to secure the top of the hat.
Now use the rest of the tail of yarn to seam up the back of the hat using the mattress stitch technique. Weave in all the ends. You’re almost finished – now you just need to add a pom pom to your hat. We love using pom pom makers for speed but it’s just as fun to make your own from cardboard or around a fork. Pull the pom pom tail through the hole at the top of your hat and secure to the hat by weaving in the ends and pulling into a tight knot.
About Elen Angharad
Elen is a Cardiff-based designer-maker who specialises in hand knit textiles. She rediscovered her love for the craft a few years ago, and earlier this year she quit her day job to focus on her business as well as returning to university to study textiles. www.elenangharad.co