Knit Sampler Beanie, A Free Pattern

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Knit Sampler Beanie, A Free Pattern - Threaded TogetherI am on a serious knitting binge.  As I said in the last hat pattern post, I’m on a mission to get something knitted up for most of the people in my family, especially those who have not yet received anything.  It’s hard to believe those people still exist!

I’m very proud of all the hats I’ve been making and I feel like I recently moved to the next level of knitting and designing.  As with many things in life, there are stages of learning with knitting.  I spent years making scarves and potholders (nice, flat patterns!) before graduating to hats and socks.  Knitting with multiple colors came next.  For a long time I spent more time UNRAVELING pieces rather than knitting them.  There are so many ways to mess things up, especially when you do not truly understand what you are doing.  The WHY is very important in knitting (why twist the stitch, why this many stitches, why k2tog instead of ssk).  I have learned what makes a pattern truly elegant where the stitches come together in just the right way, and where they don’t.  

Even though I have been knitting for almost a decade, I have just begun to truly understand gauge and how different yarns behave while you are knitting them up.  This is absolutely vital to saving yourself a lot of time from making a piece that is too big, or too small, or too stretchy, or tight.

This hat pattern is a great example of several different stitch combinations.  It includes slipped stitches, stockinette stitch, stitch designs, seed stitch, ribbing and more.  A great way to see how different stitches react on the same piece of knitting.  I hope you enjoy it!  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Knit Sampler Beanie, A Free Pattern - Threaded Together

Sampler Beanie

Adult, one size fits most

Materials

  • Approximately 152 yards Caron Simply Soft in whatever color you want.  I used Forest Floor.  One skein will make two of these hats and you will still have yarn left over.
  • Size 6 US and 8 US DPNS or 16” circular needles (I recommend the size 6 in circular and the size 8 in both DPN and circular
  • Stitch marker to mark beginning of round
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge

This is kind of tricky with this hat.  The pattern changes so frequently.  The best I can give you is that the 2×2 rib at the beginning is about 24 sts x 28 rows = 4 inch square.

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • sts – stitches
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • Sl – slip
  • k2tog – knit two stitches together
  • PSSO – pass the slipped stitch over

Directions

Body of Hat

With yarn A and smaller needles (Size 6 US), CO 96 sts onto size 6 US circular needle (I recommend a long tail cast on for a clean edge). Place marker and join to work in the round, careful not to twist stitches.

Section One (Ribbing)

  • Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round. (2×2 ribbing)
  • Repeat for 1 inch (7 rows total)

Switch to larger needles for the rest of the hat (Size 8 US)

Section Two

  • Purl all sts for three rows

Section Three

  • Row 1: *K3, sl1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 2: Repeat Row 1
  • Row 3: Knit all stitches
  • Repeat Row 1 – 3 two more times

Section Four

  • Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 2: Repeat Row 1
  • Row 3: *P2, k2, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 3
  • Row 5: Repeat Row 1
  • Row 6: Repeat Row 1

Section Five

  • Row 1, 3, 5, 7: Purl
  • Row 2, 4, 6: Knit

Section Six

  • Knit all sts for four rows

Section Seven

  • Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 2: *P1, K1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 3, 5: Repeat Row 1
  • Row 4: Repeat Row 2

Section Eight

  • Row 1: *K7, sl1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 2: Repeat Row 1
  • Row 3: Knit all stitches
  • Repeat Row 1 -3 one more time

Section Nine

  • Row 1:*k7, p1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 2: *P1, k5, p1, k1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 3: *k1, p1, k3, p1, k2, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 4: *k2, p1, k1, p1, k3, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 5: *k3, p1, k3, p1, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 6: same as Row 4 
  • Row 7: same as Row 3
  • Row 8: same as Row 2
  • Row 9: same as Row 1

 OR, Follow Chart below.  Black squares are purl sts.  Chart is read from right to left, bottom to top:

Knit Sampler Beanie, A Free Pattern - Threaded Together

Decrease

  • Row 1: Purl all sts
  • Row 2: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round
  • Row 3: K2tog to end of round
  • Row 4: *Sl1, K2tog, PSSO, (this decreases two sts at a time) repeat from * to last two stitches, k2tog 

Cut Yarn with a long tail.   Thread through the remaining sts (I always thread it around twice for a stronger hold) using a tapestry needle. Pull tight and thread through the middle of the top of the hat to weave ends in on the inside of the hat.

Weave in remaining ends.

Create a Pom Pom with same color and a contrasting color in the same yarn (I used black).  Secure to the top of the hat.

 

4 Responses

  1. Cathy V
    | Reply

    I finished your pattern and love the hat! I love the look of all the different stitches on one beanie. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      That is terrific! Thanks so much for letting me know. So happy it worked out for you :)

  2. Terri
    | Reply

    Can you tell me the size of this hat? I love it and want to try to make it for a 2 year old.

    • Marissa
      | Reply

      This hat is pretty big. I would say an adult large. If you are comfortable changing patterns on your own, you can cast on sts in any multiple of 8 (the pattern is written with 96 sts…For a two year old I would suggest 88…or maybe 80 st cast on if they are a little two year old). You might also need to leave out section 8 or 9, or both, or the hat will be too tall. For the decrease change to:
      Rnd 1: K2, k2tog to end of rnd
      Rnd 2: knit
      Rnd 3: k1, k2tog to end of rnd
      Rnd 4: knit
      Rnd 5: k2tog to end of rnd

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