Here in the southern hemisphere, winter is biting, and although the sun is shining, it gets really cold at night, therefore a beanie is not a luxury, it’s pretty much indispensable. I searched high and low for pattern for a plain beanie that would cover my tender little ears. No success, so I converted one. I did it so you don’t have to.
For an average size noggin here’s what you do :
One ball DK
Size 5mm needles
Cast On 100 stitches
1-40 rows – rib k2 p2
41-56 rows – stocking stitch (one row k one row p)
SHAPING THE CROWN
Row 57 – K8, k2 tog to end of row
Row 58 and each alternative row – purl
Row 59 – K7, k2tog to end of row
Row 61 – K6, K2 tog to end of row
Row 63 – K5, k2 tog to end of row
Row 65 – K4, k2 tog to end of row
Row 67 – K3, k2 tog to end of row
Row 69 – K2, k2 tog to end of row
Row 71 – K1, k2 tog to end of row
Row 73 – K2 tog to end of row
Row 74 – p
Row 75 – cast off
Sew up the side, add a bell or a whistle and you’re set. Easy, ne?
For a slightly larger head, for example someone with a huge ego, you can just increase the number of stitches you cast on to 110 and do 20 rows of stocking stitch instead of 16. Even larger head 120 stiches and 26 rows of stocking stitch, and so on and so forth. For a rasta, you might have to do 60 rows of rib and 100 rows of stocking stitch to accommodate the dreads, but it’s all worth it if your cranium is warm. The bigger sizes take a bit more than a standard ball of wool, so buy two. You can always use the rest for something, crochet flowers, etc, except your rasta may prefer leaves of some sort.