Beanie Therapy

Hey, I am entering into beanie therapy! A quick project to ease the stresses and strains of a busy week – the ideal weekend project. Here is one for David. He presented me with a picture of a logo some time ago and I thought I’d ‘whip’ one up in no time. Well, here I am. With my great custom designed grid pattern, I quickly converted the picture into a knitting chart (ha!).

I found an old beanie pattern which I put up side down – rather turned by 90 degrees: I am knitting the beanie sideways and then will pick up the stitches along the long edge to knit the top. Here is a great intarsia tutorial, have a look. Does the yarn look familiar? Yepp, Timothy’s Bull’s leftovers.

So, beanie pattern (gauge 20st and 24 rows for 10x10cm) for 3.5mm needles:

Body: cast on 27 stitches and knit stocking stitch for 22″ (56cm). Knit stripes, a picture, whatever… graft last row’s stitches to the cast on row, so you have a tube. Crown: Pick up 118 stitches on the edge of the tube (one stitch per knitted row, but leave every 7th row without stitch) and put stitches on 4 double point needles: 2x 29 stitches and 2x 30 stitches. Decrease (ssk) at the beginning and in the middle of each needle; that is 8 stitches in every 2nd row until you have only 2 stitches left on each needle. Cut yarn and sew through the remaining stitches and sew in end. Finish bottom edge: Pick up 118 stitches on the edge of the tube (one stitch per knitted row, but leave every 7th row without stitch) and put stitches on 4 double point needles: 2x 29 stitches and 2x 30 stitches. Knit 2 rows of contrast color and cast off with 3 stitch i- cord. Graft first and last i-cord row together. Sew in all yarn ends and give the beanie a good steam!

Anybody for more advice and therapy? Well, here is an idea to share with everybody who suffers from project overload!

Not sure if this works, but I will trial it – I have these nice basket bags, one for each project. So, one for the Bull jumper, one for the wrap cardigan, one for the lace scarf. In theory, if there is no basket bag free, I cannot start another project… the beanie just jumped out of the Bull jumper bag, by the way… totally out of control.

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