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Brooke's Beanie

Beanies, (short hats that just come to the ears) seem to be all the rage right now. I'm coming  up with these patterns for  the girls on  our High School Dance Line.

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Brooke's Beanie
by Gail Bable , copyright August, 2003
 
Materials: 
Approx. 2 oz worsted weight yarn ( Encore, Lamb's Pride, etc. work well)
16 " Circular needle to give you gauge (I used a 6 but, I knit very loose)
Needle for closing top and weaving in ends
Stitch Marker
 
Gauge: 4 sts - 4.5 sts. to 1"
 
Pattern Rows:
Row 1 and 2: Knit
Row 3: Slip 1 as if to Purl, K 3, pass slipped stitch over the 3 knit stitches., repeat around
Row 4: Knit 3, YO, repeat around
 
Cast on (72 child) , 80 Adult stitches
Rows 1,3, 5: Knit
Rows 2, 4,6 : Purl
Begin Pattern:
Repeat the 4 pattern rows, five times for twenty rows total. 
Now just, knit around until piece measures (4.5)  5".
Begin decreasing for top of hat as follows:
Row 1: Knit 6, K 2 tog around
Row 2 and all even: Knit
Row 3: K 5 , K 2 tog
Row 5: K 4, K 2 tog
Row 7: K 3 , K 2 tog
Row 9: K 2, K 2 tog,
Row 11: K 1, K 2 tog,
Row 13: K 2 tog.
Break off yarn , leaving a 12" tail.  Run tail through stitches , closing up hole fasten tightly.  Weave in ends.
 
 
 

Close up detail
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of pattern.

Pattern stitches based on "Mrs. Hunter's Pattern" in Barbara Walker's,  A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.