Today's pattern is for the Dana Slouch Beanie, named after Dana, owner of Pichinku. I was contacted by Dana about trying one of her naturally dyed Peruvian wool. The new Pichinku Website is coming this Fall! You can follow her on Instagram @PICHINKU.
"Pichinku (pee-cheen-koo, meaning "little bird" in the native Quechua language) produces 100% naturally dyed alpaca and wool yarns, lovingly made in small batches by the skilled hands of women artisans.
Pichinku yarn is sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially conscious. No chemicals, no nonsense, just beautiful yarn!"
Dana sent me the most beautiful hank of wool in Turquoise. The color is gorgeous! Words can't describe how gorgeous it really is with the naked eye! It is soft, works up beautifully and doesn't split.
My oldest son helped me wind it into a cake right away! He loves helping me with this process! I don't know if it's just me but I loved seeing a bit of the natural pieces used to dye the yarn in the cake.
Originally, I used a larger needle (6.5mm) because this is bulky yarn but I didn't like how loose the stitches were (I knit loosely too). I frogged it and started over. If yarn can take frogging and still work up nicely after, it's a winner for me!
I wanted to knit up a beanie that was simple but pleasing to the eye. This stitch is made using just knit & purl stitches but has such a beautiful texture.
The ad-free, clean PDF version of this pattern is available in all my shops (accessible from the menu) and comes in 4 different sizes (Baby, Toddler, Child & Adult).
Let's get started on the Child size! Visit my shop to purchase the PDF pattern (comes in 4 sizes). Fits 20-21".
Bulky or worsted weight yarn
US 9/5.5mm 16" Circular Knitting Needles
Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) - or use the magic loop method
co - cast on
st(s) - stitch(es)
k - knit
p - purl
rep - Repeat
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
co 72 sts. add st marker and k1, p1 for 8 rounds
Round 1-4: *p2, k4* Rep between the * around.
Round 5-8: *k2, p2, k2* Rep between the * around.
Round 9-12: *k4, p2* Rep between the * around.
Repeat the 12 rounds until beanie measures approx. 8.5" ending after Round 9
Round 1: *k2tog, k2, p2* Rep between the * around.
Round 2: *k3, p2tog*
Round 3: *k2tog, k1, p1*
Round 4: *k2tog, p1*
Cut yarn leaving long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave through remaining stitches as if to knit and pull tight. Secure & weave in all ends.
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