Basic Beanie

Basic 8 Ply Beanie – by Deborah Swain


1 ball any 8 play yarn


3.25mm knitting needles

4mm knitting needles

Wool sewing needle


Fits Ladies or small man


22 stitches over 10cm

What to do

Using 3.25mm needles & 8 ply yarn, cast on 120 stitches.

Row 1 – K1, P1, repeat to end.

Row 2 – As per row 1.

Repeat these 2 rows another 5 times each or until you knit the width for your band.

Change to 4mm needles.

Row 1 – knit

Row 2 – Purl (stocking stitch)

Repeat these 2 rows until work measures 14 cms from where you wish to turn up band, (not from the cast on edge). End with a purl row.

Shape Crown

Row 1 – *K 13, Slip 1, PSSO *rep from * to * till end

Row 2 – (and alternate rows) Purl

Row 3 -*K 12, Slip 1, PSSO *rep from * to * till end

Row 5 – *K 11, Slip 1, PSSO *rep from * to * till end

Row 7 – *K 10, Slip 1, PSSO *rep from * to * till end

Keep decreasing as placed, until you reach the K1, (slip1, K1, PSSO) row.

Next Row – Purl

Next row – K2tog to the end. Tie off.

To make up

Cut your yarn leaving a 30cm tail. Using a wool needle or tapestry needle, carefully thread it thru the remaining stitches left on the needle. Slide the stitches off the knitting needle and pull the yarn up tight thru the loops, therefore bringing the sides of the beanie together. Sew the side seams up using either overstitch, mattress stitch or backstitch. If you are making a turn up brim, don’t forget to reverse the stitching so the stitches won’t show on the right side.


K – Knit

P – Purl

Sl – Slip

PSSO – Pass stitch over

K2 Tog – Knit 2 together

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