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Back to Basics Beanie

Back to Basics Beanie

Good things don’t have to be complicated. This beanie doesn’t have fancy stitches or flashy colours, but we still think you are going to love it. Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Back to Basics hand knit beanie by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

Plain stockinette stitch in DK weight makes this a quick and easy project. Meanwhile, the super-soft cashmere yarn in subtle navy will guarantee that this is the hat you reach for every time.

For this beanie we used the Knit Picks yarn Capra in Meridian Heather. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on

Use US size 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles (16 in / 40 cm length).

CO 116 stitches using your preferred cast on style. Join to work in the round, and place marker to indicate the BOR.

Rib

2x2 Rib Round 1
[k2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Next Rounds
Repeat 2x2 rib pattern until rib measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Body

Transition to US size 6 / 4 mm circular needles and begin the body section of the beanie as follows.

Stockinette Round 1
Knit.

Next Rounds
Repeat stockinette pattern until body measures 3.75 in / 10 cm.

Decreases

When working the decreases, transition to double pointed needles when the stitches can no longer reach comfortably around the circular needle.

Round 1
[k27, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 2
[k12, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 3
[k11, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 4
[k10, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 5
[k9, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 6
[k8, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 7
[k7, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 8
[k6, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 9
[k5, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 10
[k4, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 11
[k3, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 12
[k2, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 13
[k, k2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Round 14
Repeat k2tog to the end of round.

Finishing

Cut working yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull the tail through the remaining stitches and pull the top closed tightly. Draw the working yarn through the top center of the hat (to the inside) and weave it in securely on the inside of the beanie. Weave in any remaining ends.

Yarn

DK
weight |
8 ply

Main Color:

145 meters / 159 yards.

Gauge

22 stitches and 28 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 6US / 4 mm needles.

Needles

Circular 4 US / 3.5 mm

Circular 6 US / 4 m

Notions

Darning / wool needle

Size

This pattern is knit to fit an adult woman. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own beanie.

Info
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Base illustration showing measurements

Head Circumference:

19 in / 48.0 cm

Height:

8.5 in / 22.0 cm

Negative Ease:

3 in / 7.5 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

M: marker/s

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

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Base
Beanie
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sections

Body Fitted

Ribbing Flat

Without Pompom

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embellishment
Plain
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yarn
DK
weight
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size
22 in / 56 cm
The Back to Basics by Bellish beanie illustration