Do you remember James’ beanie?

Everyone just loved it at our get together on October 1st.

Several people asked for the pattern. James responded by saying,

“Oh, wow – I’m pretty sure I didn’t use a pattern. That hat was made from leftovers, so I cast on and started knitting in the ribbing until it seemed long enough, then started descrease (the usual – 7 evenly spaced decreases spread around the circumference). I don’t even remember if I did 3×1 ribbing or not!

So – taking James’ cue, I decided to cast on for a similar beanie and write the instructions down as I went along.

Hence – a Really Basic Beanie got written up. (I did post it on Ravelry, too.)

It’s an incredibly fast knit, and really doesn’t take much yarn. I used some of the fabulous Mountain Meadow Wool in Cody (sport weight) first in grey:

(That’s my baby boy, William – er, um, well, sometimes known as BiL – but only if you spell it B – i – L. Got it?)

Anyway… and then I mixed it up a bit, and cast on in Cody, this time in natural – with an additional four stitches and on a size 8 – 16″ circular. The written directions are for 5.5″ of depth before beginning decreases. With this larger size, I knit for 6 inches before beginning decreases. Between the added needle size and extra half an inch of depth, it was a nice step up in size. (BiL preferred this size.)

(Only in this one he kinda looks like a Klingon because of his fauxhawk. Pretend you don’t notice that, okay?)

All in all, this is a really easy pattern. It would make a great first hat pattern for a beginner knitter, too.

Here it is – Really Basic Beanie.

Really Basic Beanie

Skill Level
: Beginner


  • 1 skein Mountain Meadow Wool, Cody – sport weight wool (approximately 120 yards needed)
  • 1 pair size US #7 – 16″ circular knitting needles
  • 1 set of 5 size US #7 double pointed needles
  • St marker


  • 3×1 Rib: k3, p1 every row


CO 76 sts with size 7 circular needles.

Place st marker at the beginning of the row. Join sts carefully to k in the round, taking care to avoid twisting work.

Work 3×1 rib for 5.5 inches.

Begin working decreases: staying in 3×1 rib pattern, transfer work to dpns.

Row 1: *K2, K2tog, k3, p1, repeating from * to end.

Row 2: *k6, p1, repeating from * to last 4 sts, then k3, p1.

Row 3: *k5, k2tog, repeating from * to last 4 sts, then k2, k2tog.

Row 4: *k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, repeating from * to the end.

Row 5: *k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, repeating from * to last 3 sts, then k2tog, k1.

Row 6: *k2, k2tog, repeating from * to last 4 sts, then k2tog, k2.

Row 7: *k1, k2tog, repeating from * to end.

Row 8: *k2tog, repeating from * to end. (8 sts remain.)

Break yarn, leaving a 4″ tail. Draw tail through remaining 8 sts, pull snugly to close the top. Draw tail through the center, distributing sts around the center evenly. Weave in all ends.




cast on





double pointed needles










knit 2 together