Quick Gifts 2: Afternoon Beanie

Named after the amount of time it took me to knit it, the Afternoon Beanie is a very simple hat made with DK weight yarn knit in K2P2 ribbing.

I used Dyelot Yarn's Merino in "Gringa" and "Tres Santa Fe" which are both 100% Merino superwash to make the two different beanies. One was made shorter to fit my head and the other longer (exactly like the directions) to fit my husband.  For larger or smaller sizes the cast-on extras in 4 st increments.

Needles:  I used 5.0mm dpns to knit this hat, but it all depends on your own needle and gauge.


Instructions for 22" to 25" crown:
  1. CO 76  sts using cable cast-on method for elasticity. Divide evenly among 4 dpns.
  2. Work 1 round in K2,P2 rib and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and then after every group of 12 sts.
  3. Continue knitting in K2,P2 rib until the piece measures 5.5" (or 3" before desired length) and begin decreases.
  4. Decrease 1 stitch after each stitch marker (including the end of rnd), then work one round plain. Repeat this three times total.
  5. Final Decrease rounds... continue decreasing 1 st after each stitch marker (without a plain round in between decrease rounds) until only 10 to 12 sts remain (depending on original cast-on) and then sew through the remaining stitches, pull tight, and weave in all ends.
 There you go! I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and beanie, too.