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More Teeny Beanies: Free Pattern

 Teeny Beanies Pattern

I’m not sure I can really take credit for this pattern. I’ve been knitting a variety of baby hat patterns up, and this is a sort of amalgamation of about six different patterns. They all seem pretty similar, and so is the basic hat here: a fairly basic round knit with a bit of simple shaping at the top, a looped closure, and then as much imagination as I could muster! .

I started using 3.25mm DPN’s and DK yarn. A few experiments (and oddly sized hats!) later, I figure these would work out ok with slightly smaller or larger needles, or different yarn. Babies come in all sizes, and so should their Teeny Beanies! If your Teeny Beanie comes up small, great for newborns (and then, teddies!), and if it comes up a little large, you can just turn up the brim, and wait for your baby to get bigger! Experiment: these are a small, quick knit, and you can easily frog it all out and start again if it looks too big/small/weird.

As far as variation goes, use your imagination! Just remember; these Teeny Beanies are for Teeny Peeps and so avoid using sequins, beads, buttons etc as those little things end up in little mouths and up little noses. If you’re the Momma or Poppa, you don’t want to spend a couple of hours in A and E with a screaming child with a googly eye up it's nose, and if you’re knitting for a preggers pal, you don’t want to be the person who sends your friend to A&E with her screaming baby. Also, on a similar note, make sure you weave those ends in good and proper.

For the later versions of this pattern I started knitting up the rib on smaller needles as I found it to be a little loose. You might like to stay on the 3.25mm needles the whole time, if you want your Teeny Beanie to be a little looser.


Using 2.5mm DPN’s, CO 72 sts

Work 6 rounds in rib, 1x1 or 2x2 depending on your taste. The 1x1 rib is very fine and looks pretty, the 2x2 is a little chunkier and so suits different designs better.

Here is where the variations come in.

Change to 3.25mm needles and work the main body of the hat as follows:

For Plain Beanie:                                                                For Longways Rib Beanie;

After rib, work 28 rounds in plain knit.                             Work 28 rounds in k2p2 rib. For Decreases, work in K2P2 as much as possible, and just knit any sections which feel fiddly. (pics coming soon).



 For Sideways Ribbed Beanie;

R7/8/9:                K                     R21/22/23/24:     K

R10:                    P                     R25:                  P

R11/12/13/14:       K                    R26-34:              K (9 rounds)

R15:                    P

R16/17/18/19:       K

R20:                    P

Coloured Rib Beanie:

Work as Ribbed Beanie, except work all the P rows in a different colour, or each purl row in a different colour.

Striped Beanie:

Work the rib in your Main Colour (MC), then either work the whole hat in stripes


Work the rib in MC, then switch to Colour 2 (C2), K 2 rounds, switch to colour 3 (C3), K 1 round, then back to C2, K 1 round, then back to MC.


This one is particularly good for Teeny FootyBeanies… Pictured are Tottenham Hotspur Colours (knitted for G’s twins… Husband is not happy at having Spurs colours in the house!), but this would work OK with the colours of any football team. G’s twins are getting “Home” and “Away” colours!



Then work the shaping as follows:

R1 *K4, k2tog* around (60 stitches left on needles)

R2 Knit

R3 *K3, k2tog* around (48 stitches left on needles)

R4 Knit

R5 *K2, k2tog* around (36 stitches left on needles)

R6 Knit

R7 *K1, k2tog* around (24 stitches left on needle)

R8 Knit

R9 *K2tog* around.


Snip thread leaving a 6” tail, then using a yarn needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches on needle. Make sure you go in the same direction as you have been knitting, and don’t go back on yourself. Pull tight, then pop the needle around through the same stitches again. Secure, and weave in the ends. Ta-daa!



These variations happen after your beanie is finished…

Animal Beanies

Teddy Bear: Knit your plain beanie in beige or brown. Add knitted ears as follows:

Using 2.5mm dpn’s and beige yarn, CO 30sts. K 10 rounds.

R11:    K2 *k2, k2tog* 7 times (23 sts)

R12:    K

R13:    *K1, k2tog* 8 times (15sts)

R14:    K

R15:    K1 *K2tog* around (7 sts)

Cut off the tail thread, and using a yarn needle, thread the tail through the sts still on the needle. Make 2 of these, stuff with a little bit of nylon wadding, embroider on pink centres if you like, and sew these onto the top of your beanie. Voila!

Pom Pom Beanie:

Obvious, this one. Add a pompom!

Mohican Beanie

Make your beanie any way you like it. Plain, striped and ribbed work well here. Then, make short tassels and sew then down the centre of the beanie to make a mini Mohawk! One for your funkier pregnant friends J

Crazy Top Beanie

Knit up your beanie. Then using contrasting colours, knit some 3st i-cord to about 6” long in about five different colours. Pinch the i-cords together in the middle to make a sort of crazy pompom, and stitch this to the top of your beanie.


Teeny Beanies

 Little Hats for Little Heads...

One of my bestest friends, G, is having twins (TWINS!! Oh the excitement! Twice the knitting!) in Dec/Jan this year. I have been knitting up a variety of things, but one of my favourites are these little beanies. I have done a few variations on the basic little tiny in-the-round hat, but this pair have caused the most debate in my household. The reason? The hats are in Tottenham Hotspur colours. Hubby and I are Arsenal fans. Hmm... Just goes to show how much I love that girl!


As G has decided not to dress the little smashers in matching clothes, I knitted these in home and away colours. I think they are adorable... Can't wait to meet the wearers!


My Name is Eggbert, and I need a home...

We have been living with my brand-shiny-new in-laws over the summer while we got married and moved counties (a lengthy process indeed.). Just before we were leaving, I was a bit worried about Mum-In-Law having an empty nest, but then I discovered Eggbert...


Eggbert is based on Spring Chicken pattern by Jacqui Turner, and can be found on Ravelry here. He was my second foray into knitting toys in the round, and Mother-In-Law loved him very much. Eggbert now has a very happy life living among the other chickens in the kitchen. 

Always nice when these things have a happy ending :)

Cheer Up, Momma!

Sometimes, only a knitted corkscrew scarf in icy blue fluff will do...

My poor momma found out she has to have root canal, on the day she also found out that her car might need a new head gasket. I have no idea what either of those things actually are, but one sounds painful on the teeth and the other sounds painful on the purse. So what do we do when our mommas are down? We knit them a pretty, frilly, fluffy, silly, girly frill of beautiful, scarf-like proportions!


The yarn for this project was from a charity shop and cost me £1.20 for 200g (baargain!) and had been sitting in my stash for ages waiting for the right project, or indeed, momma-in-need-of-cheering-up moment, to come along. It loved being knitted into this scarf! It was a mohair mix, slightly slubby, and with little white bobbles in. Very pretty indeed. I used a 5.5mm circular needle, not a 7mm as specified in the pattern, and my scarf came down to about my belly button when draped around my neck. If you use the bigger needles, I imagine it will come out longer, as in the photos on Suzie's original blog.

The pattern is based on Ruffle Lace Scarf by Suzie Blackman. I got the pattern from Ravelry here, or you can link to her superb page directly here. The pattern is insanely nice to knit; I LOVED getting lost in the rhythm of the 1000+ stitch rows at the end. A lovely, absorbing, a very peaceful knit.

(Note: It's me in these photos, not my momma, as I posted the scarf to her, and I needed the photos for my Ravelry page. She's coming to visit soon and so I will snap her in it and add those here, with her permission)

The Find-a-Phone

Ta da! The Find-A-Phone is born...

Free Pattern:

Needles: 3mm straight needles
Yarn: I used some bright yellow, DK toy yarn. A 25g skein cost me 50p.

CO 18 sts, or a few more or less to suit your phone shape. I cast on cable method until my stitches were just smaller than the width of my phone when I evened them out on the needle.
Work in K2 P2 rib until your knitting measures just slightly more than double the length of your phone. 
BO all sts using cable cast-off, or anything you use to give a slightly stretchy BO edge.
Fold in half, and mattress stitch up the sides to make a little 'sock' for your phone to live in!

You can vary this pattern (and I use the term VERY loosely, as it's not really a pattern at all) by changing colour, knitting a K1 P1 rib, doing stripes... whatever you like really. Use a nice bright colour to make your phone easier to find in amongst all your stuff, or a really nice textured yarn to make it easy to find without looking! Just have fun with it, you are basically knitting a long strip so you can't go far wrong.
I'll post some variations when I'm done knitting them. Any errors, let me know, and I'd love to see some pics of your cosy phones!!

In The Beginning, There Was The Purl...

How I Came To Knit (again) and also, to write about it...
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll cast on...

 ... And Kirsty saw the purl, and she saw that it was good. Really gooood. On the second day, she saw the knit, and she saw that it was really, really, really good... Over the following days she saw the yo, the ssk, the k2tog... and she began to knit patterns and colours and stripes and ribbing, both regular and the mistake kind... Oh yes, she saw the knitting, that it was divine, and it brought peace to the world.

Kirsty began to spread the Gospel of Knitting, and her first disciple was B. B saw the purl, and the knit, and she saw that they were good. Really, really good. And Kirsty revealed to her the Haberdashery Department and some beautiful yarn, and knitting brought peace to B's world, too. B spread the word to M, and M became a faithful disciple, fervently knitting peace into her world too.

Kirsty went on a pilgrimmage to Eastbourne, and she took the knit, and the purl, and the DPN's, and she journeyed into the Labyrinth and in the Labyrinth she found a good and divine place: Yarn Over. Now, armed and equipped with supplies of yarn and books and magazines, she decided to bring The Knit to the world, and so found herself on LiveJournal, bringing her love of the divine a peaceful Knit to the world... Well, to herself and probably B too, anyway...