It’s a Canadian cliché to talk about the weather, so I promise that I won’t this time around. Let’s just say that I’m still very much motivated to knit (it’s still very cold—that’s all). This beanie is a product of a very lazy weekend and determination to create gift-worthy pieces.
Although I love knitting—and create more than enough hats, gloves and coffee cozies than one person could ever use—I’m still a little insecure to gift my creations. Perhaps it’s the perfectionist in me, but I can’t give someone something that I wouldn’t wear. I also want it to look as close to store-bought as my crafty hands will allow. It’s this head case mentality that has saddled me with more “almost there” projects than I know what to do with.
I feel like I’m almost there with this beanie. With that said, I’m still keeping this one for myself—mostly because of the Fair Isle “hearts”. I know that alternating stitch colours is a basic technique, but I’ve always thought that they looked like hearts. It’s far too cute not to keep, so on to the next one!
Grey Heart Beanie
In The Round
- Worsted weight wool or acrylic yarn
- Size 8 needles (5 double pointed)
- Tapestry Needle
Cast on 72 stitches to two of the double pointed needles
K2P2 in 2×2 ribbing for 15 rows
K for another 14 rows; add Fair Isle “hearts” in the 15th row (substitute with lighter colour for every other stitch in the round; then knit for 3 rounds with a solid colour and repeat—I only did two rows of the heart pattern)
K until you reach a total of 55 rows and begin decrease: K2tog for one round and K the next
Continue decreasing until you are left with approx. one stitch on each needle
Cut a long tail and weave through the remaining stitches
Finish by weaving all loose ends with a tapestry needle