Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fleur de lis beanie

Sunny, glorious day outside! Life would feel so magnificent right now if it wasn't for this darn cold! Christ on a bike, I'm sick and tired of bein sick and tired all the time. 
Well, at least I have time to post up the instructions for the Fleur de lis beanie I finished few weeks back. It's a bit on the small side (57cm around), so I'm not overly happy about it, but maybe I'll find a head to match it. On how to create charts out of pictures, see tutorial.

Yarn: Novita 7 veljestä  (150 g = 300 m, 75% wool / 25% polyamide)
Gauge: 18 st = 10cm
Needle: 4mm (+smaller needles for rib)

Skeins: <1 for base colour and <1 for contrast colour

Knitted in the round, bottom-up. 
Cast on 104 st. Knit rib (knit 2, purl 2) for 8 rows on circular needle with contrast colour on smaller needle. Change to 4mm circular needle and begin stockinette with base colour. Add 1st on the first row. Knit 2 rows and begin patterning according to chart repeating the patternig 5 times. After the chart knit 9 more rows stockinett. 

Decrease rows (use double pointed needles):
1st decrease row: K 1, SKP (=slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over) , K 16, K2TOG (= knit 2 together). Repeat 4 more times =95st.
2nd d. row: K 95st.
3rd d. row: K1, SKP, K 13, K2TOG. Repeat 4 more times = 85st.
4th d. row: K 85st.
5th d. row:  K1, SKP, K 11, K2TOG. Repeat 4 more times =75st.
Continue the decreases in this manner decreasing 10st on every row.
When you have 25st left: K1, SK2P (=Slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together), K1. Repeat 4 more times = 15st.
K1, K2TOG, K1. Repeat 4 times. =10st.
Cut the yarn and run the thread tail through remaining 10 stitches twice; pull firmly and darn in the end.

Add a tassel if it tickles your fancy.


  1. I knitted this for myself but it turned out just a wee bit too tight. Did a bit of googling and found out that ladies head sizes generally range between 52cm to 60cm, with most around 57cm.

    So following this instruction would result in a hat fit for a female head slightly smaller than average :)

  2. Today I discovered your blog, read it all and shall be back for more!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Me loves comments, thanks for the feedback! :)

  4. What size needles did you use to do the ribbing of the hat and what size double pointed needles did you use during the decrease?

    1. I'm not sure I remember correctly, but I think I used 3.5mm for ribbing. Definately sure I used 4mm for the decrease though.