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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.
<<Mighty Stitch Worsted (used in the pattern)
by Knit Picks
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 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.
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
– 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
Child Beanie (small): 17.5” circumference
Adult Beanie (large): 20” circumference
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
3” pom pom maker
– Read through the entire pattern before beginning.
– The finished measurements are for an unstretched brim.
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
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
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
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.
CA(B,C)- contrasting color A, B, C
dpn- double pointed needles.
k2tog- knit 2 sts together (one st has been decreased)
pm- place marker
sm – slip marker
[…] 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.