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Hat Description

The Stripey Beanie is a garter stitch fitted Hat, where the striped are worked such that the join between colours is visible. It has a square decrease formation at the crown and is finished with a bobble.


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Yarn A: 50g/160m/175yds
Yarn B: 50g/160m/175yds


Needles & Notions

Set 3.5mm DPN’s or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle



This pattern is written to create garter stitch in reverse, i.e. create an ‘inside out’ effect – if you prefer a smooth change between the 2 colours and have the look of the ‘right side’, work one round less after casting on (i.e. 8 rnds before changing to colour B) and continue to work as set except the colour change will happen after a purl round.

You could use a technique to reduce the jog between stripes, but as you are working garter stitch in the round a slight seam is unavoidable. I broke the yarn with each colour change, and used the loose ends when weaving in to neaten up the seam, which in turn helped reduce the jog.

This pattern is easily adapted for knitting back & forth on straight needles, i.e. knitted flat. Wherever there are instructions to purl rounds, knit that row instead – garter stitch worked flat is knit every row. Mattress stitch is recommended for seaming a flat Hat this way.



24 sts x 32 rows to 10cm/4″ on 3.5mm needles over St.St
21 sts x 42 rows to 10cm/4″ on 3.5mm needles over Garter St.



To fit size: 18 [19, 21, 22, 24] in/ 45.75 [48.25, 53.5, 55.5, 50.5] cm
Finished size: 15.25 [16.75, 18, 19.75, 21.25] in/ 38 [42, 45.75, 49.5, 53.25] cm

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


Skills Required

Cable Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Jogless Stripes
Draw-through Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together
SSK: slip next 2 sts knitwise, then knit these 2 sts together through the backs of the loops

How To

Using Yarn A and the Cable Cast-on method, cast on 80 [88, 96, 104, 112] sts

Join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.



The stitch pattern for this Hat is garter stitch in the round, and is created as follows:

Rnd 1: Purl all sts

Rnd 2: Knit all sts

Staring with a purl round, work 9 rnds of pattern (ending after a knit round) in Yarn A

Change to Yarn B and work 6 rnds of pattern (ending after a knit round)

Change to Yarn A and work 8 rnds of pattern (ending after a knit round)

Continue working in stripes (6 rounds in B then 8 rounds A) until work measures 3.75 [4.25, 4.75, 5.25, 5.75] in/ 9.5 [10.75, 12, 13.25, 14.5] cm (or desired length), ending after a purl round.

(all shaping for the crown is worked on knit rounds to make it less visible)



Keeping stripe pattern continuous, XS size jump to Rnd 9, S size jump to Rnd 7, M size jump to Rnd 5, L size jump to Rnd 3 and XL size start at Rnd 1.

Rnd 1: *K12, ssk, K2tog, K12; rpt from * to end [104 sts]

Rnd 2: Purl all sts

Rnd 3: *K11, ssk, K2tog, K11; rpt from * to end [96sts]

Rnd 4: Purl all sts

Rnd 5: *K10, ssk, K2tog, K10; rpt from * to end [88 sts]

Rnd 6: Purl all sts

Rnd 7: *K9, ssk, K2tog, K9; rpt from * to end [80 sts]

Rnd 8: Purl all sts

Rnd 9: *K8, ssk, K2tog, K8; rpt from * to end [72 sts]

Rnd 10: Purl all sts

Rnd 11: *K7, ssk, K2tog, K7; rpt from * to end [64 sts]

Rnd 12: Purl all sts

Rnd 13: *K6, ssk, K2tog, K6; rpt from * to end [56 sts]

Rnd 14: Purl all sts

Rnd 15: *K5, ssk, K2tog, K5; rpt from * to end [48 sts]

Rnd 16: Purl all sts

Rnd 17: *K4, ssk, K2tog, K4; rpt from * to end [40 sts]

Rnd 18: Purl all sts

Rnd 19: *K3, ssk, K2tog, K3; rpt from * to end [32 sts]

Rnd 20: Purl all sts

Rnd 21: *K2, ssk, K2tog, K2; rpt from * to end [24 sts]

Rnd 22: Purl all sts

Rnd 23: *K1, ssk, K2tog, K1; rpt from * to end [16 sts]

Rnd 24: Purl all sts

Rnd 25: *ssk, K2tog; rpt from * to end [8 sts]

Break yarn and draw through remaining 8 sts, tighten to close. A pom-pom is optional, but does finish this Hat nicely! Colour B makes a good contrasting yarn for the pom-pom.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

That yarn my friend sent me all the way from India? It has been put to very good use – a pattern for a worthy cause!

This pattern was originally designed for, and published through, P/hop – ‘pennies per hour of pleasure’. It is a knit and crochet charity than fundraises for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Since P/hop no longer has it’s own site where you can access the patterns, this one has been made available once again, free here on my blog. In return for using it, please consider making a donation to MSF via this link. Thanks for your support!

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  1. Swapna

    That is so thrilling!!! Thank you 🙂


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