Granite Stitch Beanie
I have been knitting beanies for #HATNOTHATE, it is Lion Brand Yarn Company’s anti-bullying campaign where they encourage people to make and wear handmade blue hats to help increase awareness of the terrible impact of bullying. This year they are collecting 25,000 blue hats by August 1st. The blue hats will be distributed to US schools to wear during the month of October which is National Bullying Prevention Month. I am making all of my hats using a single pattern and thought I would share the pattern on my blog.
The Beanie is knit using the Granite Stitch in the round and is knit seamless. The pattern is easy to memorize with only 4 rounds and uses only a few beginner/intermediate techniques. If you need help with the Granite Stitch you can click here to visit my blog post with detailed instructions on how to knit the stitch.
Kindness is Cool Knit Beanie
Needle: US Circular knitting needle size 13 and 4 US size 13 DPNs
Tapestry or Darning Needle, Stitch Markers, Measuring Tape
Yarn: Bulky Weight, 1 skein. Designed specifically to be knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn.
Gauge: 2 stitches x 4 rows = 1″ x 1″
Sizes: One Size Fits Most Youth/ Adult
dpn = double pointed needle k = knit k2tog = knit two stitches together kfb = knit front and back p = purl p2tog = purl two stitches together rep = repeat sl1, k1, psso = slip one stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch. sl = slip stitches st(s) = stitch(es)
With the Circular Needle, cast on 48 sts.
Place marker, connect ends, being sure not to twist yarn. Be sure to leave at least a 6” yarn tail. I use the long tail cast on method, though any stretchy cast on method will work.
Round 1 – 5: k1, p1 to end.
Round 6: knit to end.
Round 7: p2tog to end.
Round 8: kfb to end.
Round 9: knit to end.
Repeat Rounds 6 -9 until work measures between 6.5″ – 7″. Be sure to complete all 4 rounds before moving on to decrease, your last round before the decrease should be knitting all stitches (round 9)
Start Decrease: Restart round count. Switch to DPNs when it is too hard to continue knitting on the circular needles.
When decreasing, you will place markers instead of counting the stitches. You will only need to count during round 1. When placing markers, it is a good idea to use a different color at the start of the round, then use another color to mark each section. I normally use only two colors but my children like to play with my stitch markers and I couldn’t find enough to use for the pictures. The black marker is the beginning of the round.
Round 1: *k2tog, k6 place marker, repeat from * until beginning marker. (42 sts left)
Round 2: *p1, p2tog to next marker, rep from *until next marker. Rep for each section until end. (24 sts left)
Round 3: *k2, kfb to next marker, rep from *until next marker. Rep for each section until end. (36 sts left)
Round 4: knit to end. (36 sts left)
Round 5: k2tog, knit to next marker, rep from * for each section until end. (30 sts left)
Round 6: *p1, p2tog to next marker, rep from * for each section until end. (18 sts left)
Round 7: *k2, kfb to next marker, rep from *until next marker. Rep for each section until end. (24 sts left)
Round 8: k2tog to end to end. (12 sts left)
Round 9: knit to end. Remove markers. (12 sts left)
Cut yarn leaving a 6″-8″ yarn tail.
Closing the Beanie.
Thread yarn tail onto darning needle and use darning needle to transfer all stitches from the knitting needles to the yarn tail. Cinch closed.
Weave in all loose yarn, add a pom-pom or leave as is.
If you are wanting to knit this hat for Lion Brands #HatNotHate campaign, you need to knit blue hats. I knit a few using Wool-Ease Thick and Quick as well as Hometown USA.
Link will take you to Ravelry.com