December 28, 2015

A Simple Beanie for Dad

After 11 years of knitting, it's about time that I knit something for my dad. It's amazing it took this long, but between his affinity for neutral (i.e. boring) colors, larger sizes and therefore longer time needed to finish a project, and his tendency to not get cold in the bay area's very mild climate, I have not deemed it worthwhile to expend the effort required to make him a sweater or scarf he would never wear. However, this fall he did express an interest in a beanie, so I jumped at the chance to knit him a Christmas gift I knew he'd appreciate.

Instead of running to Jo-Ann or Michaels for yarn like I usually do, I opted for the high quality yarn the first time. My source of choice is DROPS yarn sold by Nordic Mart. Thanks to a multiple-email discussion with my mother and sister on yarn choices, I decided on DROPS Lima, a wool-alpaca blend, in the colorway Petrol, No. 0701. Since this project was so small and simple, I was thrilled that my entire order, including shipping and tax, was less than $10!

Even though the yarn called for US 6, I instead opted for US 5 to make the knitting a little tighter to make the cap even warmer. I made up the pattern to copy another Patagonia hat he really likes but has a tassel that he can't stand, so I had to rip it out and restart a couple times to make it right. The great feature of this hat is that I knitted twice the length of the brim and doubled it under for extra warmth and for it to stay on his head better! And all my efforts at the last minute totally worked out, for he likes it a lot! 

Soooo, if you're looking for a solid beanie pattern for your local dad or father figure in need of a new hat, I've featured this free Simple Beanie for Dad pattern below! 

This pattern is a available as a free PDF here. You can also find the pattern for free on Ravelry here.

Have a great holiday season and happy winter! Stay warm :)

Simple Beanie for Dad

Difficulty: beginner
Yarn: 1.5 skeins (150 m) DROPS Lima, Color 0701 “Petrol”
Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm)
Finished Size: fits large head of adult, diameter 10 in (25.5 cm), height 8.5 in (21.5 cm).
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles
Other Materials Needed: 9 stitch markers, one of an alternative size or color; yarn needle; ruler

CO 108 sts, leaving a tail about 24 in (60 cm) long.
Connect in the round and leave a stitch marker to mark the beginning and end of the row. Work K2, P2 ribbing for 3 in (7.5 cm).

Work in St st for 4.25 in (11 cm).

Place stitch marker every 12 sts. Work following decreases:
Row 1: *K 2 tog, K 10, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 99 sts
Row 2 and all even rows: K whole round.
Row 3: *K 2 tog, K 9, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 90 sts
Row 5: *K 2 tog, K 8, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 81 sts
Row 7: *K 2 tog, K 7, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 72 sts
Row 9: *K 2 tog, K 6, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 63 sts
Row 11: *K 2 tog, K 5, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 54 sts
Row 13: *K 2 tog, K 4, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 45 sts
Row 15: *K 2 tog, K 3, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 36 sts
Row 17: *K 2 tog, K 2, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 27 sts
Row 19: *K 2 tog, K 1, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 18 sts                                
Row 21: *K 2 tog, sl marker*, repeat from * to * = 9 sts. Do not K even next round.

Cut yarn, leaving tail at least 5 in (13 cm). Thread yarn needle and pass through remaining live sts to end.

To finish the brim, fold in half to inside of hat. Thread yarn needle through tail left when casting on (or just a new length of yarn) and stitch the first row of ribbing to the first row of St st around the inside of the hat.

Weave in the yarn ends. Block if desired, and enjoy! 

COcast on
St st – stockinette stitch (knit right side of work, purl wrong side of work)
K 2 togknit two sts together in the back loops
sl – slip stitch

Happy Crafting!!


  1. Thank you so much for this pattern! Excited to try it out!

  2. Looking at the picture. It looks like the ribbing is K4p4.
    But your instructions say it is K1P1.

  3. It's actually K2P2, thanks for pointing that out! I've changed it now.