Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oops I Did It Again Beanie

Oops I Did It Again Beanie

So here's the thing. I had the inspiration for the texture of this hat very organically - proof lies in the picture below - when I was walking near my sons' new school. I was even more excited when I realized that I had actually brought a perfect yarn for the job with me from Wisconsin. So I cast on, got working, and then about halfway through realized that it's basically the same pattern I used in the Belt Welt Hat, except in miniature. Oops. On the plus side, the Oops I Did It Again Beanie is a great study in how yarn weight affects texture, and is also a nice unisex design. So... that's something, right?

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Yarn Inc. Springvale DK (100% Superwash Merino; 270 yards [245 meters]/4 ounces); Tête de fromage - one skein

The pattern. As you can see from the rolled-back brim,
it's pretty on the wrong side as well!
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 4; one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 4

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make a hat! Using your circular needles, then, cast on 128 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Oh, and here's an inspirational picture for you in case you're already tired. See how pretty the texture is?

Yes, I photoshopped the colors in the picture.
But just a little!

And now that we're all feeling refreshed, we'll continue like so:

Rows 1 and 2: k1, p2, k1

Rows 3 and 4: knit

Knit rows 1 - 4 until piece measures roughly 9" and you've just finished row 3 of the pattern. Then we'll begin our decreases, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * ssk, k12, k2tog * (112 stitches)

Decrease Row 2: * k1, p1, (k2, p2) twice, k2, p1, k1 *

Decrease Row 3: * ssk, (k2, p2) twice, k2, k2tog * (96 stitches)

Decrease Row 4: knit

You may want to switch to your dpns about now....

Decrease Row 5: * ssk, k8, k2tog * (80 stitches)

Decrease Row 6: * (k2, p2) twice, k2 *

Decrease Row 7: * ssk, p2, k2, p2, k2tog * (64 stitches)

Decrease Row 8: knit

Decrease Row 9: * ssk, k4, k2tog * (48 stitches)

Decrease Row 10: * k1, p1, k2, p1, k1 *

Decrease Row 11: * ssk, k2, k2tog * (32 stitches)

Decrease Row 12: knit

Decrease Row 13: * ssk, k2tog * (16 stitches)

Decrease Row 14: * k2tog * (8 stitches)

Knit decrease rows 1 - 14. Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining 8 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Make pompom, if you'd like, and affix to top of hat. Tuck in ends and block.


  1. Very nice, Gretchen. Would you send me your new mailing address in a FB message?

  2. It's a lovely beanie and I do love that
    pattern. Interesting how we attract to similar
    patterns without realizing it. I do that very
    often. I love the yarn you've used, it's super!
    Cheers, Anita.

    1. Yeah, it's funny how creative inspiration works, isn't it? And I've had this yarn for a while - it was one of my splurge buys since Three Irish Girls is a little yarn company out of Wisconsin. They have some really cool stuff!!! :)

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    1. Thank you! Don't tell, but I actually have two!!!

  4. Have you ever thought of putting your patterns in a PDF for people to just click on to print out? I love your work......

    1. Hi there!

      I include the PrintFriendly function on all of my patterns, and that does include the option to print as a PDF (and also gives options for including or not including pictures, which is pretty nice). Hopefully that works nicely for you! :)

  5. Hello, I have knitted several rectangular things and would like to knit a hat. Which of your hat patterns would you recommend for an individual that hasn't used circular needles before?

    1. Hello there!!!

      If you're in the first time hat business and want to start on circulars (let me know if I misunderstood your question and you're looking for a flat knit hat), I recommend the Build-Your-Own DK Weight Hat. It's here, designed for beginners, and the only pattern I have that's tutorial-style:

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

    2. Excellent! Yes, I would like to start on circulars. Thanks so much for your quick response! I will check it out.

    3. Perfect! Just remember that I'm around to help! :)

  6. Hi there- If I use size 5 needles will it make the hat much bigger? Or would casting on only 112 stitches be better (w/ size 5)? I'm not experienced enough to confidently make that call!

    1. Hi there!

      Ultimately, gauge is more important than needle size (everyone knits at a slightly different tension), however, without seeing your yarn or knowing what kind of a knitter you are I would probably recommend going down to 112 stitches - this design is plenty ribbed, so it stretches more easily than it shrinks. :)

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

    2. Thanks for that input, I guess I should just knit a square to see-- but I found a pair of long size 4s I didn't know I had so I'll just knit it flat! Thanks again.