Red Pom Pom Beanie
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Some find inspiration on Pinterest, but I usually find it on Instagram. Some time ago I stumbled upon this girl from Ukraine who knits absolutely gorgeous jacquard hats and sweaters – nataligaman. Everything is so beautiful in her account, I love the color combinations she chooses, the way she photographs her pieces.
The beanie on the left bottom inspired me to knit a fair isle beanie for baby Anna from yarn leftovers. The pattern is not exactly the same, I’ve decided to make simple white rhombis instead of white zigzags. So, while drafting a pattern I’ve used some squared paper and coloring pencils. Also, before starting knitting a hat I’ve knit a small swatch, to make sure my calculations are correct.
Afterwards, I started knitting the beanie and enjoyed the process immensely.
21 sts and 24 rows = 4×4in or 10×10cm
Hat diameter is 52 cm/20.4 in
The pattern is multiple to 6, so if you want to increase the size of the hat, please keep this in mind.
CO – cast on
K – Knit
P – Purl
K2tog – knit two stitches together
MC – main color
CA – color A
CB – color B
Base of the hat
Take two strands of MC and cast on 102 stitches. Join for knitting in the round and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the row.
Knit 7cm/2,75in of 1×1 rib stitch ( K1, P1). Then knit 4cm/1,5in in stockinette stitch.
Start knitting according to the chart. Do not cut the yarn tails as you knit, but keep them traveling at the reverse side of the knitting. You can cut the yarn tails only when you know that you will no longer use them.
Work the chart from right to left and from bottom to top.
Sometimes the yarn of the color you don’t use at the moment has to go more than two or three stitches behind the knitting. It is important to secure the thread floats by twisting the yarn you are not working with around the yarn you work with.
When you have worked all 24 rows of the pattern, it’s time to start shaping the crown, using color C only:
Row 1: *K4, K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. You will end up with 85 stitches on your needles.
Switch to double pointed needles if necessary
Row 2: *K3, K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. You will end up with 85 stitches on your needles
Row 3: *K2, K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. Now you have 68 stitches on your needles.
Row 4: *K1, K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. You have now 51 stitches on your needles.
Rows 5-6:*K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. At the end of each row you will have 34 and 17 stitches respectively.
Row 7: K1, *K2tog., repeat from * to end of row. At the end of the row you will have 9 stitches on your needles.
Cut yarn and leave the long tail. Then, thread it through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in the end on the inside of the hat.
Here’s how the top of the hat will look like. Due to the speedy increase of stitches it will be wavy, which I actually like.
Last thing you need to do is to make and attach to the hat the dark red pom pom. I have a separate post showing how to make a pom pom.
Follow this link to the printable PDF of the pattern.
And here are the photos of the ready-to-wear beanie. It is perfect as for me. When the kid grows a bit it can be worn unturned.
Thanks for my sweet niece for posing in the hat, cause baby Anna refused to wear it during the photoshoot