Tutorial: Checkerboard Beanie

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I really like to wear hats, despite how rarely I actually do, so when I saw a picture of something similar to this some where that I can not remember I decided to go ahead and figure out how to make it.

This is meant to be an adult sized beanie don’t let the model fool you, my oldest daughter gets a kick out of trying on hats but that is about as long as she is willing to wear them. She also is a much better model than I am.

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Once I got the hang of exactly how I wanted the pattern to look it was a really quick project. I think I finished it around one maybe one and a half Curious George movies.  And turned out pretty comfy and roomy. I have a lot of hair which seems to be the problem with most beanies staying on my head but there is enough give here to negate that problem.

This hat is knit using the nothing fancy Vanna White Yarn by LionBrand. Not something I would normally use but I  had both girls in the yarn store with me at the time so buying something that I needed to spin into a ball really wasn’t an option at the moment.

I hope you enjoy knitting this! Quick little crafts are always fun.

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Checkerboard Beanie

The hat is designed to an adult woman’s head.

Supplies:

1 skein worsted weight yarn

Size 8, 16′ circular needles

Size 8 double point needles

1 stitch marker

Darning needle

Instructions:

CO 100, join in the round

K1P1 for 8 rows

Rows 1-5, (K5, P5) Repeat to the end of the row.

Rows 6-10, (P5, K5) Repeat to the end of the row.

Rows 11-15, (K5, P5) Repeat to the end of the row.

Rows 16-20, (P5, K5) Repeat to the end of the row.

Rows 21-25, (K5, P5) Repeat to the end of the row.

This is where you are going to start decreasing, switch to DPs when needed.

Row 26, (P5, K5) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 27, (P5, K3, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 28, (P5, K4) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 29, (P5, K2, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 30, (P5, K3) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 31, (K6, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 32, Knit the entire row

Row 33, (K5, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 34, Knit the entire row

Row 35, (K4, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 36, Knit the entire row

Row 37, (K3, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 38, (K2, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 39, (K1, K2TG) Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 40, K2TG until 6 stitches remain. Weave in the last stitches.

Weave in any tails and enjoy your creation! 🙂

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