The Husband Beanie – Free Knitting Pattern

Right, so when the man asked for a hat…. he needs one immediately. There is a lot of yarn around here, and I’m always knitting something for someone… and he doesn’t often ask for me to knit things for him. Down went all other projects, and the world’s easiest and fastest knit ensued.

I then followed this up with a slightly smaller version for a neighbour.

Minutes after the hat was finished
Slightly smaller version created in two colours

So, this is a perfect quick knit, or a way to use up those pesky part-balls of yarn, or a beginner project.

You will need:

4mm circular knitting needles (or 4.5mm if you have tight tension when knitting)
100gm ball of DK (8ply) yarn (Aran or Worsted will also work fine)
Darning needle
Optional – Double pointed needles – I prefer to use these for the top decrease section. However, you can carry on with the cabled circular needle.
Stitch marker – to mark the beginning of a row.

The 2 sizes fit a medium and a large head. The larger size has the differences in (brackets). You can choose to use the larger needles with the larger size if you want a much bigger hat.

Method

Cast on 100 (116) stitches
Join your work in the round. Place your stitch marker before the first stitch you knit. This marks the beginning of your row.
Knit 2, Purl 2 rib around for 18 (22) rows. To do this, just knit 2 stitches, then purl 2 stitches, repeating this pattern over the whole row.

For the main part of the hat, Knit 40 (50) rows.

For the top decrease section of the hat.
Row 1 – knit 3, knit 2 together – repeat over the course of the row. If making the larger size, you will have 1 stitch remaining at the end, just knit this last stitch.
Row 2 – Knit the whole row.
Row 3 – knit 2, knit 2 together – repeat over the course of the row. If making the larger size, you will have 1 stitch remaining at the end, just knit this last stitch.
Row 4 – Knit the whole row.
Row 5 – knit 1, knit 2 together – repeat over the course of the row. If making the larger size, you will have 1 stitch remaining at the end, just knit this last stitch.
Row 6 – Knit the whole row.
Row 7 – Knit 2 together – repeat over the course of the row.
Row 8 – Knit the whole row.
Row 9 – Knit 2 together – repeat over the course of the row.

At this point, cut the yarn with around 30cm of tail remaining. Thread this yarn tail onto a darning needle. Pass the needle through the remaining stitches and pull tight. This will close up the top of the hat. Secure this with a few stitches through the top.

From here you have a few choices. You can darn in both yarn tails and be done. You could stitch a pom pom, braid or tassel on the top section using this yarn tail.

Alterations to this easy design:

  1. You can change out the colour of the yarn as often as you like. For the second one I made, I used the remainder of 2 balls of yarn from other projects that I couldn’t bear to part with as they were super soft. So this was made with a purple yarn for the ribbed section, and a variegated yarn for the main section. You could just randomly change colours – maybe try joining your leftover yarn together with Russian joins and knitting a scrappy hat. You could also change yarn colour over the 40 (50) rows every 5 or 10 rows to create stripes.
  2. Use a cool textured pattern for the 40 (50) rows. You may have just discovered a new texture – feel free to swap it into this portion.
  3. Make it a pom-pom beanie – stop the decreasing at the end of row 7. Thread elastic through the remaining stitches and tie this up. Darn in your yarn tails. You will now have a stretchy opening at the top of your hat for a ponytail or bun to pop through.

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