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A tad jealous of your friends when they say: “Oh, this? I knitted it myself”. We totally get it! There is nothing more enjoyable than a calming craft. And there are plenty of more reasons to start knitting: it expands your wardrobe, boosts your self-esteem and trains both sides of your brain.
To help you get started we’ve made a fab collab with some Danish knitting experts. Check out our brilliant beginner’s guide for a custom-made beanie hat. Soon, it’ll be you who’s being asked if you’ve made it yourself!
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If this is your very first knitting project, take it slow and work systematically. And trust us, reading the knitting pattern from start to finish is time well spent.Each step is first explained briefly and followed up by a more detailed explanation in a box.
The boxes contain tips, techniques and knitting terms that are nice to know when you’re new in the knitting world. You can also choose to scan the QR code and watch the videos that show all five steps in the pattern. The pattern and the video tutorials will help you complete your first knitting project.
This hat can be knitted in two sizes: S/M and (L).
The sizes correspond to a crown circumference of approx. 54–56 (56–58) cm.
6 mm circular knitting needle (40 cm).
This is the recommended size of knitting needle. Some knit tighter or looser than others. If you knit too tightly, you may have to switch to a larger needle to achieve the gauge stated in the pattern.
The hat is knitted at a gauge of 11 stitches x 18 rows in stocking stitch on knitting needle size 6 mm = 10 x 10 cm.
It’s important to knit to the gauge. If not, your hat will be too big or too small. To ensure that you knit to the gauge stated in the pattern, always make a swatch or test piece before starting your knitting project.
If you are in doubt about how to make a swatch, then scan the QR code on the other side to watch a video.
- 1 strand of yarn from Flying Tiger Copenhagen (50 g = 48 m)
- You’ll need 3 balls of yarn
- Circular knitting needle size 6 mm (40 cm)
- Tape measure
- You may find the following materials useful
- A darning needle or crochet hook to weave in ends
- A stitch marker
This beanie hat is the ideal knitting project for a beginner. The pattern introduces you to two basic knitting techniques: knit and purl stitches.
Working from the bottom up like a long tube, the hat is finally folded twice to create a chunky and flattering brim that warms the ears.
Sizes: S/M (L)
Gauge: 11 stitches x 18 rows in stocking stitch on knitting needle size 6 mm = 10 x 10 cm
Recommended knitting needles: 6 mm circular knitting needle, 40 cm
Degree of difficulty: Super easy. Anyone can do it!
Using circular knitting needle size 6 mm (40 cm), cast on 56 (64) stitches. Once you have cast on all your stitches, set a stitch marker on your circular knitting needle. Knit with a single strand of yarn.
The stitch marker marks the start of each round. You set a stitch marker on the circular knitting needle when you have cast on all your stitches. (You can use a short length of yarn instead of a stitch marker.)
Cast on so that your stitches are not too tightly looped around the needle. Cast on loosely.
Now, knit rib stitch in the round until the hat measures 14 cm.
How to work in the round:
To work in the round, you work the first stitch and continue so that the stitches form a ring. Continue working around the ring (this is called “working in the round”). When all the stitches have been knitted once, you have knitted one round.
How to work rib stitch:
To work rib stitch, you knit one stitch and purl the next. Repeat to the end of the round.
Tip! Take care not to twist your new stitches on your circular knitting needle.
Work stocking stitch in the round until your work measures 20 cm.
How to work stocking stitch:
To work stocking stitch in the round, you knit every stitch.
Decrease the top of the hat to shape.
How to shape the top of the hat: - Work one round on the needle where you decrease in every stitch. After this round, you will have reduced the number of stitches on the knitting needle by half, i.e. to 28 (32) stitches.
- Next round: knit to end.
- Now work one round where you decrease in every stitch. You should now have 14 (16) stitches left on the knitting needle.
- Next round: Knit to end.
- Now work one round where you decrease in every stitch. You now have 7 (8) stitches left on the knitting needle.
- Use the magic loop technique if necessary.
How to decrease:
To decrease, you work two stitches together to make one stitch. You decrease in pretty much the same way as you knit. The only difference is that you insert the needle tip into two stitches instead of just one, and then pull the yarn through both stitches.
When you decrease, you have fewer and fewer stitches left on the knitting needle. When we have just a few stitches left on the needle we use the magic loop technique, as it is very difficult to work with only a few stitches on a circular knitting needle. To use the magic loop technique, you pull a part of the circular knitting needle wire “out” between the centre stitches so that your stitches are more evenly distributed. Then you slide the stitches closer towards the tip of the knitting needle so that you can start knitting again. Now you work as many stitches as possible before repeating the technique of dividing the stitches into two by pulling out the circular knitting needle wire. The magic loop technique allows you to continue working in the round.
Finally, you need to finish your hat. Cut the yarn with scissors. Pull the yarn tail through the last 7 (8) stitches on the knitting needle. Pull the yarn tail so it’s tight. Thread the yarn tail onto a darning needle and weave to close the hole at the top of the hat. Weave the end in at the back of the work.
Now, make the hat brim and sew loosely. Fold up the brim. Hem with loose catch stitches about 1.5 cm below the transition from rib to stocking stitch. Make another fold over the line of catch stitches.
To make a pompom, cut two identical circles of cardboard about 5–8 cm in diameter with a hole about 2 cm in diameter in the centre. Place the circles on top of each other. Now, take your yarn and thread it repeatedly through the hole in the centre until the hole is filled with yarn. Then cut the yarn by bringing the scissors through the two circles along the edge and cut around the entire circle. Now take a piece of yarn and knot it very tightly around the yarn between the two circles. You can now remove both cardboard circles. That’s your pompom. You can also use the scissors to trim your pompom for a nice finish. Sew the pompom to the top of the hat and weave in the yarn end.
Congratulations, you have now knitted a Flying Tiger Copenhagen easyasknit Beanie!
Tip! Remember to work loosely (!) in the round before you decrease and while decreasing.
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