Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie

Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie in Imperial Yarn Erin by Underground Crafter | A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.As longtime readers may know, I was terrified of knitting for many years. My grandmother tried to teach me back when I was 9 or so (when she taught me to crochet), but everything I made turned into a trapezoid.

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Imperial Yarn.

For over 20 years, I was afraid to try to knit. When I finally picked knitting up again, my main motivation was to learn how to create cables. I have always loved the look of knitted cables.

Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie in Imperial Yarn Erin by Underground Crafter | A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.This stretchy, unisex hat is all about featuring the braided cables. You can wear them in the front…

Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie in Imperial Yarn Erin by Underground Crafter | A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.…or at the side. If you love cables but are not so fond of the fiddliness of working a bunch of them in the round, this might be the hat for you. This pattern was originally published in Love of Knitting’s 2014 Holiday Knitting issue. I had the chance to use Imperial Yarn Erin for the first time. It’s a delightful wool yarn with great stitch definition.

This is actually one of my favorite hats to wear in real life, so I’m very happy to share this pattern with you today.

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Braided Beanie

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

This pattern was updated on 12/7/16.

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.

Finished Size

  • Adult Small: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 8” (20.5 cm) height.

Materials

  • Imperial Yarn Erin (100% wool, 4 oz/113 g/225 yd/206 m) – 1 skein in 328 Teal Shadow, or approximately 218 yd (199.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 8/5 mm 40″ (100 cm) circular knitting needles (or set of DPNs, for small circumference knitting in the round), or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm 16” (40.5 cm) circular knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 3 stitch markers.
  • Cable needle.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 19 sts x 16 rows in pattern (excluding cable) using larger needles = 4” (10 cm). For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • C8B – 8-st right leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at back, k4, k4 from cn.
  • C8F – 8-st left leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k4, k4 from cn.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 sts together (decrease)
  • p – purl
  • pm – place marker
  • p2tog – purl 2 sts together (decrease)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sl – slip
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

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Pattern Notes

  • Pattern is worked with cable in the center. To ease in placement, 2 additional stitch markers are positioned around cable in Rnd 1 of Garter Ridge and Cable pattern.
  • Slip markers up each Rnd.
  • A correction to Rnd 12 was made on September 17, 2017. The corrected version appears below.

Pattern Instructions

Beanie

  • Beginning at brim with smaller needles, CO 97.
  • Set-Up Row: *P2, k2; rep from * across to last st, k1, pm#1, join and begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
  • Rnd 1: *P2, k2; rep from * around to last st, k1.
  • Rep Rnd 1 until piece measures approximately 1″ (2.5 cm) from beginning.

Garter Ridge and Cable pattern

  • Switch to larger needles.
  • Rnd 1: P42, pm#2, k12, pm#3, p43.
  • Rnd 2: *(K6, p1) 6 times,** k12, p1; rep from * to ** around.
  • Rnd 3: *(K6, p1) 6 times,** k4, C8F, p1; rep from * to ** around.
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 5: P42, k12, p43.
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 7: *(K6, p1) 6 times,** C8B, k4, p1; rep from * to ** around.
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5.
  • Rep Rnds 2-9 until hat measures approximately 7” (18 cm) in height, ending after Rnd 8.

Shape crown

  • Rnd 10: *(P2tog, p3, p2tog) 6 times,** k2tog twice, k8, p1; rep from * to ** around. (71 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *(K2, k2tog, p1) 6 times,** k6, k2tog twice, p1; rep from * to ** around. (57 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *(K2tog, k1, p1) 6 times,** remove marker#2, sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k4, k2tog twice from cn, remove marker#3, p1; rep from * to ** around. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *(K2tog, p1) 6 times,** k2tog, k2, k2tog, p1; rep from * to ** around. (29 sts)
  • Rnd 14: *(P2, p2tog) 3 times,** k2, k2tog, p1; rep from * to ** around. (22 sts)
  • Rnd 15: *(K2tog, p1) 3 times,** k1, k2tog, p1; rep from * to ** around. (15 sts)
  • Rnd 16: K2tog around to last st, k1, remove marker#1. (8 sts) Fasten off with long yarn tail for seaming.

Finishing

  • Thread yarn tail through yarn needle. Pull yarn tail firmly through sts several times, drawing tightly to close crown. Remove sts from needle. Finish off by weaving yarn tails inside of hat.
© 2014, 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/10/20/free-knitting-pattern-braided-beanie. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Free knitting pattern: Braided Beanie in Imperial Yarn Erin by Underground Crafter | A single, braided cable adds visual appeal to this stretchy, unisex beanie. Wear the cable at the center or to the side for different looks.

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