Jill Beanie

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Jill Beanie - threadedtogether.comThese have been some seriously hazy days in Nebraska lately.  Our rain turned to snow and then turned to slush.  Our skies have been one shade of gray or another each day.  My family has passed the afternoons inside with football and holiday crafts like decorating sugar cookies.  My husband and I are putting some finishing touches on our demo’d kitchen while we wait for our new cabinets to arrive (TOMORROW!!!). And my evenings are spent snuggling with a warm blanket and my favorite knitting needles and yarn.  I am still working through my stash of Caron Simply Soft by Yarnspirations – a job that will probably last a lifetime.  You should definitely take a look at their new Guiness World Record…Biggest Knit/Crochet Stocking made by 830 people from all 50 states! 

I didn’t contribute to that humongous stocking, but I have been busy knitting away.  Last night I blended a few fun colors of my favorite acrylic yarn for knitting hats.  Lord knows I need to add some sunshine to these dreary days!

You can find all sorts of patterns for these speckled beanies.  I have adapted it to my standard beanie pattern that I created and used the colors I felt contrasted well with each other.  

The color combinations shown in the pictures are: 

Caron Simply Soft in:

Color A: Sunshine

Color B: Blue Mint

Caron Simply Soft in:

Color A: Sage

Color B: Watermelon

Caron Simply Soft in:

Color A: Orchid

Color B: Super Duper Yellow

As always, please feel free to ask questions about my patterns and kindly report any errata.  Be sure you read through the ENTIRE pattern and CHECK YOUR GUAGE before you begin knitting.

Take a look at my other patterns here on Threaded Together, or on Ravelry.

I am a huge fan of neon – in small doses! I think I found the perfect balance in these freckled hats. They are such a fun knit that brings out the sunshine in even the most dreary of days. Add a little brightness to your life and find your favorite color combination with the Jill beanie!

See below for the pattern, or Click Here to Download the Jill Beanie Pattern in PDF Form.

Or Click Here to Save the Pattern to Your Ravelry Library.

Jill Beanie - threadedtogether.comJill Beanie

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in two contrasting colors, Color A and Color B

Needles: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) and size 7 US (4.5 mm) circular needles. Size 7 DPNs for crown

Gauge: 20 sts x 25 rows = 4 inch on size 7 US (4.5mm) needles in stockinette st

Finished Size:

Toddler (Youth, Adult)

Toddler – 16” circumference

Youth – 17” circumference

Adult – 18” circumference

Basic Skills: Knitting in the round, knitting with two colors

Rating: Intermediate


st(s) – stitch(es)

CO – Cast on

rnd – round

k – knit

pm – place marker

slm – slip marker

k2tog – knit two sts togethe


Use smaller needles to CO 84 (88, 92) sts with color A (or desired number of sts in multiples of four). PM, join to knit in the round, careful not to twist sts. Slm at the end of each rnd.

Rnd 1-8: *K2, p2; repeat to end of end


Switch to larger needles. Join color B at the beginning of knitting rnd 2 for the first time.

Rnd 1: K with color A to end of rnd

Rnd 2: *K1 with color B, K3 with color A; repeat to end of rnd

Rnd 3: K with color A to end of rnd

Rnd 4: *K2 with color A, k1 with color B, k1 with color A

Repeat Rnds 1 – 4 until hat measures 6.5” (7.5”, 8.5”) from CO edge, ending after a Rnd 1 or 3.

Cut yarn color B.


Switch to DPNs when sts no longer fit on circular needles

Rnd 1: k2tog to end [42 (44, 46) sts]

Rnd 2: k to end

Rnd 3: k2tog to end [21 (22, 23) sts]

Rnd 4: k to end


Cut yarn color A, leaving a long tail. Using tapestry needle, thread through remaining sts and pull tight. Fasten off on inside of hat.

Weave in all ends. Add a pom pom in contrasting color B.

Stay tuned because soon I hope to post the pattern for this one too…the Jack beanie!Jack Beanie - threadedtogether.com

9 Responses

  1. Lizzy
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    Hi Marissa! My name is Lizzy and I found the pattern for your Jill Beanie on pinterest and fell in love with it! It is so adorable and I really love how you offered instructions for toddler up to adult. When I read the pattern for the first time, I was a little intimidated with having to knit with 2 colors, however, you wrote the pattern so it is incredibly easy to read and follow and making the hat was so easy! Thanks for this adorable pattern and happy knitting!

    • Marissa
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      Thank you a ton for your comment, Lizzy! It is so wonderful to hear the pattern worked out well for you. I am happy I could be of some help as your tried a new knitting adventure! Conquering colors is a great step to take!!! Congrats and enjoy the hat!

  2. Robin
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    Hi Jill

    Love this hat
    Started making for toddler size and barely fits my 8 month old grandson with 17 inch head. I know my grandchildren have above average heads lol but I want to make for all 3. Here are head sizes. How many stitches and decrease instruction


    It’s like the 8 month old fits a youth and my gauge is on


    • Marissa
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      Hi Robin,
      You can either increases the number of stitches in multiples of four (see instructions for “brim” above) or use slightly larger needles (like a size 6 for the brim and 8 for the body). The gauge is accurate for the sizes listed, so it just depends on how tightly you are knitting. If the toddler one fit your 8 month old, it sounds like the youth size would fit a toddler and the adult size would fit a youth for your knitting. If you choose to add stitches, the directions to shape the crown (decrease) would not change. Just keep the stitches in multiples of four. Hope that helps!

  3. Joan M Drouin
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    Made the Jill Beanie and love it. Anxiously awaiting the Jack Beanie pattern! Eta?l

    • Marissa
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      Thanks Joan! And thanks for reminding me about the Jack beanie (out of sight out of mind!) I’ll have to get on that!

  4. Joan M Drouin
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    Thanks Marissa. Don’t want to rush you and I know life gets busy.

  5. Michele
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    Hi Marissa, Is there a Video that I could watch so I can learn how to carry the yarn loosely on the inside of the hat ? Could you please recommend one . I would LOVE to make these hats for our church bazaar !! Wonderful pattern ! Thanks !

    • Marissa
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      This video might feel a little advanced, but I think it teaches the best way to carry colors. As far as doing it loosely…that just takes practice and discovering how much you need to loosen up from your usual tension. You’ll be so happy once you learn though! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2mUIVOn3uA

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