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The clean lines of this classic beanie show how much can be achieved with simple ribbing and stocking stitch. Just extending half of the rib columns into the body of the Hat creates a pattern that is graphic, striking and yet satisfyingly understated.

A choice of two rib patterns and five sizes make this pattern a perfect DK stash buster that you’ll knit again and again. Illustrated tutorials are included for the alternate cable and cable cast-ons.


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49 [66, 85, 107, 131] yd/45 [60, 78, 98, 120] m
31yd/28m for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.
DK weight, plied yarn.

Needles & Notions
Set 3.25mm/UK10/US3 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample details
Shown in Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK
[118yd/108m per 50g; 100% Blue Faced Leicester]

Shown in size 24in/61cm on model with 23in/58.5cm circumference head (wide rib version in brown)

Shown in size 22in/56cm on model with 21in/53.25cm circumference head (twisted rib version in green)

Alternative yarns
Rowan Pure Wool DK [136yd/124m per 100g; 100% Wool]

22 sts x 35 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.25mm needles over St.St.

To fit sizes: 15 [18, 20, 22, 24] in/38 [45.75, 50.75, 56, 61] cm
Finished size: 13 [15.25, 17.5, 19.75, 21.75] in/33.25 [38.75, 44.25, 50, 55.5] cm

Skills required
Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, specialist cast-on, twisted sts

Pattern contents
Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable & Cable cast-ons

Originally published May 2010; revised & republished June 2014.

PDF file size: 2.9MB

Product code: WW111KStaggered

Technical editors: Heather Murray & Tana Pageler