Basic Chunky Beanie Knitting Pattern

This is an easy, basic beanie pattern. It is knitted flat and sewn up at the end. The beanie is close-fitting.

Size:  This pattern comes in two sizes: Large for adult heads with circumferences 56cm – 59cm, and Extra Large for Adults with head circumferences greater than 60cm or big hair.

Needles: 6.5mm straight, single pointed knitting needles and a wool needle for sewing up.

Yarn: Big Natural Chunky 14ply by Naturally Yarns NZ 150g, or Heirloom Merino Magic Chunky 125g, x 1 skein. 

Tension/Gauge: 14 stitches over 10cm

Abbreviations:

RS           Right Side

WS         Wrong Side

K             Knit

P             Purl

K2tog    Knit 2 together

P2tog    Purl 2 together

Instructions for Large Beanie:

Cast on 74 stitches.

Ribbing:

Row 1: (RS) *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: (WS) *P2, K2, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 two more times. This gives you a total of 6 rows of rib, ending with a WS row.

Main Part:

Starting with a knit row, knit in stocking stitch until the beanie measures 13cm from the beginning cast on.

Decreasing for crown:

Row 1: K1, *K4, K2tog, repeat from * until the last stitch of the row, K1.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, *K3, K2tog, repeat from * until the last stitch of the row, K1.

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K1, *K2, K2tog, repeat from * until the last stitch of the row, K1.

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: K1, *K1, K2tog, repeat from * until the last stitch of the row, K1.

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: *K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 10: *P2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Cut or break the yarn, leaving a long end to sew the beanie up.  Thread the yarn onto a sewing needle, and thread it through the remaining stitches and take them off the knitting needle. Pull the yarn tight to draw the stitches together and thread the wool through them again to make it strong.

Sew the side seams of the beanie together using mattress stitch. You should be able to create an invisible seam with this technique.

If you need help with mattress stitch there is a useful diagram on the Australian Yarn Company site: https://www.ausyarnco.com.au/sites/auspinnerscomau/assets/public/File/Kintting_Information/Sewing_Techniques/Mattress%20Stitch.pdf

Weave in your ends and voila! Beanie.

 

 

Instructions for Extra Large Beanie:

Cast on 80 stitches.

Ribbing:

Row 1: (RS) *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: (WS) *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 two more times. This gives you a total of 6 rows of rib, ending with a WS row.

Main Part:

Starting with a knit row, knit in stocking stitch until the beanie measures 13cm from the beginning cast on.

Decreasing for crown:

Row 1: *K6, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: *K5, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: *K3, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 12: Purl

Row 13: *K2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 14: *P2tog, repeat from * until the end of the row.

 

Cut or break the yarn, leaving a long end to sew the beanie up.  Thread the yarn onto a sewing needle, and thread it through the remaining stitches and take them off the knitting needle. Pull the yarn tight to draw the stitches together and thread the wool through them again to make it strong.

Sew the side seams of the beanie together using mattress stitch. You should be able to create an invisible seam with this technique.

Weave in your ends and voila! Extra Large Beanie.