I-cord Tail Beanie

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Hat Description

I-cord Tail Beanie is a simple beanie, worked all over in stocking stitch. It has a rolled brim and smooth fitted crown. It has a long I-cord at the crown which is worn loose and dangly.


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Chunky weight, single ply yarn.


Needles & Notions

Set 5mm/UK6/US8 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in HandPaintedYarn.com Ejido [160yd/148m per 100g; 100% Wool]

Shown in size 23in/58.5cm on model with 21in/53.5cm circumference head



16 sts x 20 rows to 4in/10cm on 5mm needles over St.St.



To fit sizes: 20 [21, 23] in/51 [53.5, 58.5] cm
Finished size: 18 [19.5, 21] in/46 [49.5, 53] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!


Skills Required

Circular Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Standard Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
M1: pick up the horizontal loop before the next stitch, place it onto the left needle & knit into the front of it
kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together

Single I-Cord version

Cast on 3sts

Knit I-cord for 3in/7.5 cm or desired length.

Next Rnd: *kfb; rpt from * to end [6sts]


Multiple I-Cord versions

Knit each I-cord separately. More than 4 I-cords gets a bit tricky and messy; ideally 2 or 3 is neatest.

You need to aim towards 6 sts to start the crown increases. As you have completed your last I-cord, don’t break the yarn; leave it on the needle.

Add the other I-cords to the left-hand end of the DPN, with all cut ends laying in the same direction as the working I-cord, i.e. to the left. You will now work across them, working them together as follows:


2 I-cords

You will have 6sts, which is the desired amount to start the crown increases.


3 I-cords

There will be 9sts.

Next row: *K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end. [6sts]


4 I-cords

There will be 12sts.

Next row: *k2tog; rpt from * to end. [6sts]


Plain Beanie

For a plain Hat without I-cord, using Circular Cast-on method cast on 6sts.


Crown (all versions)

Rnd 1: *K1, M1, K1; rpt from * to end [9 sts]

Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.

(if you find on this row that picking up the loop for M1 is difficult, then increase the extra stitch by knitting into both the front and the back of the first stitch of the repeat. Picking up the loop will be easier in later rounds)

Rnd 2: *K1, M1, K2; rpt from * to end [12 sts]

Rnd 3: *K1, M1, K1; rpt from * to end [18 sts]

Rnd 4: *K1, M1, K2; rpt from * to end [24 sts]

Rnd 5: *K1, M1, K3; rpt from * to end [30 sts]

Rnd 6: *K1, M1, K4; rpt from * to end [36 sts]

Rnd 7: *K1, M1, K5; rpt from * to end [42 sts]

Rnd 8: *K1, M1, K6; rpt from * to end [48 sts]

Rnd 9: *K1, M1, K7; rpt from * to end [54 sts]

Carry on increasing in this fashion, increasing 6 sts per round until:

20in size: [K1, M1, K10]; [72 sts]

21n size: [K1, M1, K11]; [78 sts]

23in size: [K1, M1, K12]; [84 sts]



Work plain stocking stitch (knit every round) for 6 [6.5, 7] in/15 [16.5, 18] cm from last increase row, or until desired length.

Cast off loosely and allow edge to roll.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

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