Over the last couple of weeks I have been busy designing and knitting a fair isle hat for Jan’s upcoming birthday.
Unfortunately, the first version was a poor fit, so I had to go back to the drawing board to tweak the pattern, alter the chart, and then knit a second version. I’ve been waiting to finish knitting the second beanie before sharing it with you here.
I’m happy to report that the Sanctuary Beanie was gratefully received by Jan and fits perfectly!!
So, without further ado, here it is…
Grignasco Knits Loden (1.76 oz/50g, 120 yd/110 m, 50% Virgin Wool/25% Alpaca/ 25% Rayon)
5 partial balls worsted weight yarn:
# 734, Dark Blue (MC)
# 601, Light Blue (A)
# 585, Cream (B)
# 818, Green (C)
# 590, Light Grey (Used as MC in version 1)
US size 4 [3.5 mm], 16” circular needle
US size 7 [4.5 mm] 16″ circular needle
US size 7 [4.5 mm] double-pointed needles
To fit average adult
16” circumference; 8” (height from CO edge)
18.5 sts and 24 rows = 4″ instockinette stitch with 4.5 mm needles.
Using smaller needles (3.5mm), cast on 88 st, place marker and join for knitting in the round.
*K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.
Continue in 2×2 rib for 1.25 inches.
*Knit 22st, M1, repeat from * 2 more times, knit 22, M1 (4 st increased, 92 st total).
Switch to larger needles (4.5mm) and knit in stockinette stitch for 0.5 inches.
Fair Isle Section:
For the next 23 rounds, follow chart below:
In MC, knit 3 more rounds, or until piece measures 6 inches from CO edge.
Knit 23 st, place marker, repeat 2 more times, knit 23 st (Note: It helps to have the marker at the start of the round in a contrasting color).
You should have divided the round equally into 4 sections, with 23 stitches between each marker.
Round 1: Knit2tog, knit to 2 stitches before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog. Repeat around until 2 stitches remain on round, ssk (8 st decreased).
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat these last 2 rounds until 8 st remain between markers, switching to double pointed needles when necessary.
From now on, decrease on every round until 2 st remain between markers,
Break yarn, leaving 6 in tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches on needle and pull to close the hole. Weave in loose ends.