SHORELINE BEANIE © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2022
SHORELINE BEANIE PATTERN
Constructed in a classic 2x2 rib stitch pattern, this beanie features a close silhouette that instantly shelters you from the cold and is a go-to staple that always seems to work with each outfit you put together.
NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED
We created our LOLL yarn with a special blend of premium Merino and Baby Alpaca fibers to create soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Argentina and Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.
PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : ADVANCED BEGINNER
Advanced Beginner level projects are perfect for any knitter who has completed a couple beginner projects and is comfortable making simple KNIT & PURL stitches. These projects might have simple increases and decreases for shaping and knitting in the round techniques.
TIME TO MAKE
One size: Fits Most Adult and Youth
Finished Circumference (relaxed) : 15”
Finished Height (uncuffed): 12.5”
2x2 Rib, 7mm Needle:
21 stitches in 2x2 rib stitch x 18 rows = 4" x 4" square
SHORELINE BEANIE KIT CONTENTS
- 1 Ball of Project Weekend's LOLL. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y).
- 1 Pair of 7mm / US 10.75 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
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
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
K2, P2: Knit 2 stitches and Purl 2 stitches. When repeated, it creates a stitch pattern called the 2x2 rib.
K2Tog: Knit the next two stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 1 stitch)
P2Tog: Purl the next two stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 1 stitch)
THE SHORELINE BEANIE
Depending on your skill level, there are two cast-on options you can choose from:
OPTION A: BEGINNER KNITTER.
Use the Longtail Cast-On Method for a nice, stretchy, low profile cast-on edge.
1. With a yarn tail approximately 70" long, make a slipknot and cast-on a total of 68 stitches using the Longtail-Cast On Method.
2. Once complete, skip to Step #3.
How To Cast-On Using The Longtail Cast-On Method.
OPTION B: INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED KNITTER
Casting on with the Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2 Rib is a bit more technical to perform but will produce a stretchy, professional looking, seamless edge to your rib.
1.With a 8"-10"” long yarn tail, make a slip-knot and cast-on a total of 68 stitches using the Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2 Rib.
2. Set Up Row: *K2, P2 repeat from * to the end of row, making sure to swap up the cast-on stitches on the left needle to correspond to the stitch required for the 2x2 rib pattern.
How To Cast-On Using Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2
3. Place a stitch marker on your right needle and join the work in the round, being careful not to twist any stitches.
4. Round 1: *K2, P2 repeat from * to the end of the round to create a 2x2 rib pattern, transfer the stitch marker from the left to the right needle.
5. Round 2 & onwards: Repeat round 1 until work measures 11.75” from the cast on edge, transferring the stitch marker from the left to the right needle at the end of each round.
6. SHAPING THE CROWN
Round 1: *K2, P2, K2, P2Tog repeat from * 8 times, then K2, P2 (60 stitches remaining)
Round 2: *K2, P2Tog, K2, P1 repeat from * 8 times, then K2, P2tog (51 stitches remaining)
Round 3: *K2Tog, P1, K2, P1 repeat from * 8 times, then K2Tog, P1 (42 stitches remaining)
Round 4: *K1, P1, K2Tog, P1 repeat from * 8 times, then K1, P1 (34 stitches remaining)
Round 5: *K2Tog repeat from * until you reach stitch marker (17 stitches remaining)
Decreasing: How to K2tog (Knit 2 Together)
Decreasing: How to P2tog (Purl 2 Together)
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. 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.
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.
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.
There are two options to choose from in order to finish your project and the option you choose depends on which method you used to Cast-On your work.
OPTION A: If you casted on your project using the Longtail Cast-On Method, then all you need to do now weave in your loose ends. Weave the cast-on yarn tail onto your sewing needle. (Skip down to end of pattern for detailed images on how to weave in loose ends).
OPTION B: If you casted on your project using the Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2 Rib, then you will now need to close up the open cast-on round.
CLOSING UP THE BOTTOM ROW
HOW TO SNUG UP A LOOSE FIT
For a variety of reasons, we may need to snug up the fit of our knit pieces. Sometimes our knit pieces will fit too big because we knit too loosely off gauge, or over time our hats or the cuffs on our sweaters and socks have stretched out and we want to bring them back to their original perfect fitting shape.
Sewing in a couple rows of elastic thread is a great way to keep our knitwear looking beautiful and fitting the way you want it to.
HOW TO SNUG UP THE FIT OF A 2X2 RIB KNIT HAT BY ADDING ELASTIC THREAD ROWS
knit hat, sewing needle, elastic thread, scissors.
Thread the elastic thread through the needle, but do not cut any length, you will pull length as needed from the spool.
With the hat right-side out, unfold the cuff and lay the hat flat on a table with the hem facing away from you.
You will begin by threading a row of elastic through the first row of stitches (the row just below the cast-on edge).
Identify the knit rib columns (it's the columns 'or mountains' of upside down V's).
Going from right to left, insert your needle through the "right side" leg of the 1st rib "V".
Pass the needle over top of the "left side" leg of that first V.
Next, insert your needle through the "right side leg" of the next knit stitch.
Pass the needle over the "valley" of Purl stitches. Repeat threading through the next 2 columns of knit stitches (right side leg of the stitch only).
Continue knitting through the knit stitches "mountains" and passing over the purl "valleys" all the way around the first row of stitches.
Image shows elastic thread through first row of knit stitches (right side legs of V's only!)
Before you cut the yarn, check the elastic thread tension. Make sure it is threaded through the row with the same tension as the knit hat. You do not want it to be too tight or loose and wavy. You want it to be naturally relaxed.
Adjust your stitches and the elastic as necessary.
Cut your yarn tail long enough to tie knots.
Tie a very secure knot. Triple or Quadruple knot, just be safe! :)
Next, trim the yarn tails cleanly.
Threading Row 2: Repeat the above steps, this time 4 rows down from the first row.
Threading Row 3: Repeat the above steps again, this time 4 rows down from the 2nd row.
Image shows 3 rows of sewn in elastic thread
Fold up your cuff. You will notice that the cuff snaps nicely back to shape after being stretched out. This creates a more snug fit and will help maintain the shape of the hat.
Because we insert the elastic thread on the inside of the cuff, you won't see it on the outside or the inside of your hat!