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New Pattern – Zig Zag Knit Beanie

The Zig Zag Knit Beanie is a great introduction to mosaic, or slip stitch, knitting. Instead of other methods like fair isle, mosaic uses one color per round. The color changes are made with super simple slip stitches.

The color change portion is a simple four-row repeat. The video included will walk you through that repeat. I use three colors for this beanie, but you can customize with as many colors as you like.

The beanie comes in two sizes for both kids and grown-ups.

Sizes include 17.5″ and 20″ unstretched brims.

Suggested Materials

Worsted weight yarn in wool or acrylic will work great for this project. Pick a yarn that does not have too much texture so you don’t lose your stitch definition.

You want your color changes to be crisp.

You will use two different-sized needles. One for the ribbed brim and one for the body. I love Addi Turbos in the 16″ fixed circulars for making my beanies.

You will need a 4mm and a 4.5mm for the beanie.

The video below will walk you through the easy four-round repeat. Get the pattern below the video.

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Zig Zag Knit Beanie Pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
– approx. 125 yards of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Mulberry (26828) CA
– approx. 60 yards of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in White (26807) CB
– approx. 60 yards of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Fairy Tale (26835) CC


Mighty Stitch Yarn Info: 100g/208 yd per skein
– Substitute with medium worsted weight yarn.
– Use 10 yards less in each color for small size


Gauge: 4”= 19 sts and 24 rows in stockinette
TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE


Finished Measurements:
Child Beanie (small): 17.5” circumference
Adult Beanie (large): 20” circumference


Tools:

US 6 [4mm] 16” circular needles

US 7 [4.5mm] 16” circular needles

One set US 7 [4.5mm] DPNs (if needed for decreasing on the crown).
IF NEEDED, CHANGE SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Yarn or tapestry needle

Stitch Markers

3” pom pom maker

Special Notes:
– Read through the entire pattern before beginning.
– The finished measurements are for an unstretched brim.

Brim Instructions

Note: Instructions are written for small size, with large in parenthesis.
With smaller needles and CA, CO 84 (96) sts. Join and pm, taking care not to twist sts on needle.


Rnds 1-13: *K2, p2; repeat from * around. 84 (96) sts
Change to larger needles.
Rnd 14-15: Knit. 84 (96) sts

Begin Mosaic

Rnd 1: With CB, *k1, sl 3 wyib; repeat from * around. 84 (96) sts
Rnd 2: *K2, sl 1 wyib, k1; repeat from * around. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 3-4: Knit. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 5-8: With CC, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 9-12: With CA, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 13-16: With CB, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 17-20: With CC, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 21-24: With CA, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 25-28: With CB, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 29-32: With CC, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 33-36: With CA, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 37-40: With CB, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 41-44: With CC, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts
Rnds 45-48: With CA, repeat Rnds 1 – 4. 84 (96) sts

Crown Instructions

Note: Switch to DPNs as needed during decreasing.
Rnd 1: [K10, k2tog, place marker]7 (8) times. 77 (88) sts
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: Knit.
Rnd 3: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm]7 (8) times. 7 (8) sts decreased. 70 (80) sts
Rnd 5, 7, 9, 11, 13: Repeat Rnd 3. 35 (40) sts remain after Rnd 13.
Rnd 14: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm]7 (8) times. 7 (8) sts decreased. 28 (32) sts
Rnd 15: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm]7 (8) times. 7 (8) sts decreased. 21 (24) sts

Finishing


Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a needle, weave the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tightly to close.
Weave in ends.
Make 3” pom pom with your preferred method.
Note: I use the Clover Pom Pom Maker.
Use tails from the pom pom to tie to the top of the beanie and weave in the ends.

Abbreviations Used:


CA(B,C)- contrasting color A, B, C
dpn- double pointed needles.
k- knit
k2tog- knit 2 sts together (one st has been decreased)
p- purl
pm- place marker
Rnd- round
sm – slip marker
st(s)- stitch(es)
[…] x times- work the stitches contained within the brackets the amount of times as stated directly after the brackets.
*…- work the stitches after the asterisk across the body of the project when called for. The pattern will tell you when to stop the repeat.