This free pattern is for beginning to intermediate knitters. It can be knitted on circular needles or straight. If you knit on circular needles, then you only need knit stitch and to decrease. For straight needles, both knit and purl stitches are needed (as well as decreasing).
Use 6mm needles and 8 ply wool/ yarn
Cast on required number of stitches
Large adult = 64 stitches, small adult/ child = 60 stitches, baby = 56 stitches
For circular needles:Knit stitch one row, then join the loop being careful not to twist the knitting. Continue to knit each row.
For straight needles: Knit stitch one row, then purl stitch the next row. Continue in stockinette stitch.
Continue until beanie/ warm hat reaches required length.
12cm large adult, 10cm small adult/ child, 8cm baby
Decrease every 8th(large adult)/ 7th(small adult/ child)/ 6th stitch (baby) stitch. Continue to decrease in line for the next 5 rows.
For circular needles: Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread onto the yarn needle. Thread each stitch off the circular needle and onto the yarn needle. Pull tight so that the hole closes, tie off securely and thread yarn end inside of beanie, trim end of required.
For straight needles: Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread onto the yarn needle. Thread each stitch off the knitting needle and onto the yarn needle. Pull tight and turn the beanie inside out. Stitch the backseam from top to bottom.
Tidy up the yarn ends at the brim and roll the brim up. (The picture below shows the brim with an exaggerated roll.)
Enjoy your beanie or give it to a friend as a gift or to a charity who can pass it on to someone in need.