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London Beanie

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Knitted beanie from a free knitting pattern

Background:
There is a current craze on in London to wear cool, rather simple, tight-fitting, knitted beanies. I think they were popularised most by football player David Beckham, who always seems to be wearing one, and this trend was quickly copied. There were two London newspaper articles (sorry, can't remember which papers) touting the beanies and their popularity, and the beanies are currently selling anywhere from £10 - £20 in the shops and markets, and those are mostly machine made. The handmade ones are going for even more. I devised this pattern to make what I have now termed the "London Beanie." It sounds so sophisticated; really, it's just a tight-fitting cap in the round. This pattern has been tried and tested with teenaged nephews-they love 'em.

Materials

1 skein worsted (Aran weight) wool, main colour (MC) [FYI: I used Rowan Magpie MC Brown, CC1 Cream, CC2 Rust]
Odds and ends worsted weight wool for a couple stripes-Contrasting Colours 1 & 2 (CC1, CC2)
Circular needle, 4.5 mm (U.S. 7), 16"/40cm long
4 dpn's, 4.5 mm (U.S. 7)
Marker or loop of yarn

Gauge

20sts and 28 rows = 4 inches on 4.5 mm circular needle

Read: If you're concerned about "colour jogs" (an uneven spot where colours join), please see Sarah Bradberry's helpful link at http://knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/jogless.htm (Thanks, Sarah!) [Note from Sarah: You're welcome Mark <G>]

Method

Cast on 72 stitches onto a circular needle. (Note: If you know how to do a Cable Cast On
[found in most books or mags] the bottom looks much nicer!)

Being careful not to twist stitches, place marker, join knitting and work K2, P1 ribbing for 10
rounds.

Round 11: *k8, inc 1, repeat from * (Total stitches on circular needle should now be 81)

Knit 10 rounds of MC.

Knit 2 rounds CC1

Knit 2 rounds MC

Knit 2 rounds CC2

Knit 2 rounds MC

Knit 2 rounds CC1

Knit 10 rounds MC

Decrease Round 1: *k7, k2tog, rep from *

Decrease Round 2: *k6, k2 tog, rep from *

Decrease Round 3: *k5, k2 tog, rep from *

NOTE: At this point, the reduced number of stitches may make working on the circular
needle difficult. Transfer stitches to the dpn's and carry on as though you were still working
with the circular needle.

Decrease Round 4: *k4, k2 tog, rep from *

Decrease Round 5: *k3, k2 tog, rep from *

Decrease Round 6: K2tog all the way around

Knit one row even

Finishing

Leaving tail, cut yarn and thread through darning needle. Run needle and yarn through all
remaining stitches (don't miss any!) and pull tight. Run needle through the "donut hole" at
the top so that it's inside of beanie. Darn in all ends. Have fun!


This pattern devised by Mark Thrailkill, London, 2002. Feel free to distribute it, copy it, profit from it, learn from it, discard it, and/or share it. Pah! on copyrights, they keep loved ones warm! Email: markmassage@mac.com

Updated by Mark Thrailkill, March 28th, 2008