Knitting Pattern: Grey Days Beanie

Free knitting pattern: Grey Days Beanie in Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine by Underground Crafter | This stretchy hat with distinctive cables will keep your head cozy.I’m excited to share a knitting pattern today that has gone through several refinements over the years. It’s been updated for a snugger, cozier fit, and also to have clearer pattern instructions. I present to you the Grey Days Beanie!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for this sample was generously provided by Mountain Meadow Wool.

Way back in 2013, I knit this hat. I loved the look and the yarn, but it came out far too big. I ended up giving it to my (very tall) uncle but the pattern was still on my mind. Then in 2015, I made this version for my dad. I changed the cable pattern up a little bit. I liked the hat, but it still wasn’t perfect so I tinkered with it a little more. It turns out that a thinner yarn was really the key! After I met the folks from Mountain Meadow Wool at The National Needlearts Association last year, they sent me some Alpine yarn to try out.

Free knitting pattern: Grey Days Beanie in Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine by Underground Crafter | This stretchy hat with distinctive cables will keep your head cozy.It’s a light (DK) weight yarn and it turned out that once I updated the gauge and switched to smaller needles, the thinner yarn was the perfect match with the cables. Finally, this hat was exactly what I wanted. I hope you feel the same about this stretchy beanie with great cable details!

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Grey Days Beanie

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Grey Days Beanie in Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine by Underground Crafter | This stretchy hat with distinctive cables will keep your head cozy.

This stretchy hat with distinctive cables will keep your head cozy.

 

Finished Size

  • Adult: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference x 9” (23 cm) length.

Materials

  • Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine yarn (100% Merino Targhee wool, 3.5 oz/100 g/260 yd/238 m) – 1 skein in Dove, or approximately 240 yd (219.5 m) in any light weight yarn.
  • US Size 6/4 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 5/3.75 mm 16” (40.5 cm) circular knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Cable needle or double pointed needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 24 sts x 33 rows in cable pattern with larger needles = 4” (10 cm) pinned flat but unblocked. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • C8B – 8-stitch right leaning cable – Sl 4 sts to cn, hold cn at back, k4, k4 from cn.
  • C6F – 6-stitch left leaning cable – Sl 3 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k3, k3 from cn.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • p – purl
  • p2tog – purl 2 sts together (decrease)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Slip marker up each Rnd.

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • Starting at brim with smaller needles, CO 108 sts.
  • Set Up Row: *P2, k2; rep from * across, place marker, join and begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
  • Ribbing Rnd: *P2, k2; rep from * around.
  • Rep Ribbing Rnd until piece measures approximately 2.5” (6.5 cm).
  • Decrease Rnd: P2tog, k2tog, *p2, k2; rep from * around to last 4 sts, p2tog, k2tog. (104 sts)

Body of hat

  • Switch to larger needles.
  • Rnd 1: *P4, k8, [p4, k6] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 2: *P4, k4, p4, [p4, k6] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnds 1-2.
  • Rnd 5: *P4, k8, [p4, C6F] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 7: *P4, C8B, [p4, k6] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 8: *P8, k4, [p4, k6] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 9-12: Rep Rnds 1 & 8 twice.
  • Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 5.
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 8.
  • Rnds 15-18: Rep Rnds 1 & 8 twice.
  • Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 7.
  • Rnd 20: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 5.
  • Rnd 22: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnds 23-24: Rep Rnds 1-2.
  • Rep Rnds 1-24 once more or until hat measures approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm) from start.

Shape crown

  • Rnd 25: *P2tog, p2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, [p2tog, p2, k2, k2tog, k2] 4 times; rep from * around. (82 sts)
  • Rnd 26: *P1, p2tog, k1, k2tog, p2tog, p1, [p1, p2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog] 4 times; rep from * around. (52 sts)
  • Rnd 27: *P2, k4, [p2, k3] 4 times; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 28: *P2tog, k2tog, p2tog, [p2tog, k2tog, k1] 4 times; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 29: *P1, k2; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 30: *P1, k2tog; rep from * around. (20 sts)
  • Rnd 31: P2tog around. (10 sts) Fasten off with long yarn tail, approximately 12” (30.5 cm).

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, 2017 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/2017/10/03/knitting-pattern-grey-days-beanie/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Grey Days Beanie, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the Grey Days Beanie to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

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Free knitting pattern: Grey Days Beanie in Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine by Underground Crafter | This stretchy hat with distinctive cables will keep your head cozy.

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