I don’t design knit patterns very often, but when I do, I enjoy it! These Stripey Knit Slouchy Beanies were super fun to make, and I liked switching it up from my usual routine. Even better, this week’s pattern is a reader request – to translate the Sweet Striped Crochet Hats into knitting. And to make it truly awesome… I’ve included sizing for the whole family!
The Stripey Knit Slouchy Beanies are designed with a relaxed loose fit in mind. If you want them tighter, use a size smaller needles and drop a stripe repeat. If you are in between sizes or a tight knitter, go a size bigger! With 4 sizes to choose from, you can’t go wrong.
Stripey Knit Slouchy Beanies
- Sizes (be sure to follow the numbers for your size)
Baby (Toddler, Kid, Teen/Adult)
14-15 (16-18, 19-21, 22-24) inches
- US 6, 4mm DPNs (or 16″ circulars if desired for larger sizes)
- US 8, 5mm DPNs (also 16″ circulars if desired for larger sizes, will need to switch for decreases)
- 70 (95, 125, 160) yds Worsted Weight yarn in 2 or more colors (Caron Simply Soft shown)
The Band and Body Instructions:
With Color A and #6 needles, CO 68 (76, 88, 100). Join to work in the round.
Knit in 2×2 rib (k2, p2) until band is 1″ tall (all sizes).
With Color B and #8 needles, purl 1 row. Do not break Color A if you’re using only 2 colors (can carry it along inside).
Continuing with Color B, knit every round (stockinette) for 1″ (2″ from CO edge).
With next color, purl 1 row. Then knit every round for 1″ (3″ from CO edge).
Continue switching colors, working a purl row followed by an inch of stockinette, until the hat is 5 (6, 7, 8) inches tall from CO edge.
With next color, purl 1 row. Then start decreases for crown.
The Decrease Instructions (all sizes):
Row 1: *K7, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 2: Knit each st.
Row 3: *K6, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 4: Knit each st.
Row 5: *K5, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 6: Knit each st.
Row 7: *K4, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 8: With next color, Purl each st.
Row 9: *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 10: Knit each st.
Row 11: *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 12: Knit each st.
Row 13: *K1, k2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts.
Row 14: Knit each st.
Row 15: *K2tog. Repeat from * to end, knit leftover sts. Break yarn and use the tail to pick up each st off the needles, and pull close the hole in the top. Weave in ends.
It’s amazing what a little purl row can do! Next week I’ll be back at the crochet patterns, but it’s been a lot of fun to mix it up. If you knit or are bi-stitchual yourself, I hope you enjoy this free knit slouchy beanie pattern!
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