CARAVAN BEANIE © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2022

NAME PLACEHOLDER PATTERN

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NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED

We created our NEHV yarn from a special selection of premium quality Merino fibers to create luxurious warmth, squishiness and stitch definition. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), Nehv is grown in the beautiful highlands of Argentina and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility in Peru.

PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : BEGINNER

Beginner level projects are perfect for any knitter who is comfortable making simple KNIT & PURL stitches. Beginner projects might have simple increases and decreases for shaping and knitting in the round techniques.  

TIME TO MAKE

1-2 Hours

PATTERN SIZE

One size: Fits Most Adult and Youth 

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Finished Circumference (relaxed) : 15”
Finished Height (uncuffed): 13” 

GAUGE

1x1 Rib, 12mm Needle:
9.5 stitches in 1 x 1  rib stitch x 10 rows = 4" x 4" square

?? BEANIE KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 Ball of Project Weekend's NEHV.  Each ball weighs 200 GR. (7oz) and has 99m (109y). 
  • 1 Pair of  12mm / US 17 Circular Knitting Needles    
  • 1 Card With Links To The Online Pattern & our Knitting Video Tutorials Library
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle 
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." Woven Label
  • 5m Elastic Thread 

TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

We've made learning easy! Easily reference our library of tutorial videos and step-by-step illustrations with just a click of your mouse. Look for tutorial links embedded throughout the pattern, and when in doubt, just click and learn!

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT GAUGE 

Taking some time before starting a knit project to make a gauge swatch can make all the difference between project success and total complete frustration.

A gauge swatch will tell you if you are knitting too tight or too loose for the pattern you are creating. It helps make sure that what you are knitting will measure out and fit just right. If you are new to knitting, you can also think of the gauge swatch as a test run for learning your stitches before you start your main project.

Cast-on with the recommended gauge swatch stitch count and knit the number of rows indicated in the Gauge sections of the Product Details Notes listed above.  Once finished, your swatch should measure out to 4” x 4”. If your swatch comes out too small, it means you are knitting too tightly, so loosen up your stitch tension a bit. If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch. Once you have found your gauge, you can begin knitting your project! 

Need more info on how to make a gauge swatch? Click our How to Create a Gauge Swatch 

PROJECT NOTES

This project is knit in-the-round using a circular needle. Watch the video How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Joining In-the-Round and How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of these techniques.

How to Use Circular Needles - Joining In the Round

How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method

PATTERN ABBREVIATIONS

K1, P1: Knit 1 stitch and Purl 1 stitch. When repeated, it creates a stitch pattern called the 1x1 rib.  
K: Knit Stitch
P: Purl Stitch
K3Tog: Knit the next three stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 2 stitches)

PATTERN

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1. With a yarn tail approximately 40"" long, make a SLIPKNOT.  This is considered your first stitch.  

Image shows a slip knot.

2.  Using the LONGTAIL CAST-ON METHOD, cast on 35 stitches.  Once complete, you will have a total of 36 stitches on your needle.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You need to cast-on loosely in order to create a nice stretchy edge to your hat, otherwise it will feel like a tight band and won't stretch as much as the 1x1 rib.   To create a stretchy cast-on edge, make sure that each cast-on stitch is about 0.25" away from each other as you  place the stitches onto the needle.  This extra space (and yarn) will ensure that the edge will stretch beautifully and won't be tight. 

Image shows stitches being cast-on  0.25" away from each other.

2.  Place a STITCH MARKER on your right needle and JOIN WORK IN THE ROUND, being careful not to twist any stitches.

Image shows stitches being distributed evenly along the needle to begin "knitting in-the-round". 

3.  Round 1: *K1, P1 repeat from * to the end of the round to begin the first row of the 1x1 rib stitch pattern. At the end of the round, transfer the stitch marker from the left to the right needle.
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4.  Round 2 & onwards: Repeat round 1 until your work measures 12.5” from the cast on edge, transferring the stitch marker from the left to the right needle at the end of each round.


Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

5.  SHAPING THE CROWN

Round 1: K3tog, P, K, P repeat from * to the end of the round.  A decrease of 12 stitches.  (24 stitches remaining).  

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Round 2: *K1, P1 repeat from * to the end of the round. 

TIP: Decreasing down to just a few stitches on your circular needle can make for some pretty tight stitches that are a challenge to knit on the circular needle. To help make knitting these last few rows easier, use the Magic Loop Method for the crown shaping. Watch our video Circular Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of this technique.

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

FINISHING

7.  Remove the stitch marker and cut a yarn tail approximately 10” long and thread it onto the knitters sewing needle.

8.  Beginning with the first stitch of the next row, pass the sewing needle through each of the remaining stitches, carefully transferring the stitches off your knitting needle onto the yarn tail.

9.  Once you have all of the stitches on the yarn tail,  pull the yarn tail so the crown stitches close up snugly and neatly.

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 


10.  Insert the needle through the crown hole, and thread the yarn tail through to the interior of the hat. Turn the hat inside out and secure the remaining tail by weaving in the yarn tail end per the Weaving In The Ends process photos listed at the end of the pattern.  

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

Image shows 1x1 rib pattern having been worked for 12.5" from the cast-on edge. 

FINISHING

Weave in all other loose ends.   

ADDING ELASTIC THREAD

Lay your hat flat on a table and with the RS of your hat facing out, and the cast-on edge facing up:

1.   Thread the end of your elastic thread through your knitters sewing needle. 

2.  Along the first row of stitches (below the cast-on edge), begin weaving your needle through the right side (right leg) of each "V" stitch.  

3. Continue all the way around the hat, being sure to remain in that same row of stitches the whole way.  

4.  Once you have completed the round and are back at the beginning again, you will check the tension of the elastic thread.  You want for the elastic to be laying flat through the stitches without begin pulled in tension, nor do you want it to be floppy and loose.  You want for it to be the same circumference as your hat in a relaxed state.   

4.  Once you have completed the round and are back at the beginning again, you will check the tension of the elastic thread.  You want for the elastic to be laying flat through the stitches without begin pulled in tension, nor do you want it to be floppy and loose.  You want for it to be the same circumference as your hat in a relaxed state.   

5.  Cut a yarn tail approximately 3" on each end, and tie a couple of knots to secure the elastic in place.    Trim the ends close and neatly.  

6.  Repeat instructions 1-5, but this time weave the elastic through the 4th row of stitches down from the cast-on edge.  

7.  Repeat instructions 1-5, but this time weave the elastic through the 7th row of stitches down from the cast-on edge.  

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