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Free knitting pattern: The Onni Beanie

// NEW! The downloadable PDF-version of this pattern is now available on my Etsy shop! //

Hi everyone! You have no idea how happy and excited I am to release this beanie pattern so without further ado: ladies and gents, may I present to you The Onni beanie! Onni is the Finnish word for happiness and what would be happier than a warm and cozy hat to protect you from those crisp and chilly winter days. This beanie has an intermediate cable pattern, a double brim and thanks to the bulky yarn, it works up in no time!

onni beanie

In this free pattern you’ll find full written instructions on how to make the beanie from start to finish. The pattern is actually worked like any other cable pattern or chart would be (even if it doesn’t really look like cables…) but don’t let the cables scare you – once you get the hang of the pattern you’ll be knitting the beanie up in no time! There’s also a tutorial on my blog for a cabled cowl which includes a video on how to knit basic and braided cables (the video doesn’t include the cables used in this design but it gives you a better overall idea of how to slip stitches in the front or the back side of the work and so creating cables)! In this beanie pattern, by slipping stitches onto the cable needle you’re actually changing the places of the knit and purl stitches and this way creating the diamond like shape.

pattern

Click here for the free mitten pattern, here for the yarn used!

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post or send me an email at kati@katimaaria.com!

Also if you share a picture of the beanie on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #onnibeanie – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here!

So let’s get to it!

pattern

Click here for the yarn used!

Measurements

One size (adult): height with the brim folded 22cm/8.5 inches, circumference approximately 55-57 cm/21-22.5 inches

Yarn & needle details and variations

First things first: if you identify yourself as a tight knitter, go for bigger needles!

The chunky pink beanie in the pictures is knit with double stranded bulky yarn (Phil Looping by Phildar, find it here!) using 8mm/US 11 needles.

The beige beanie is knit with single stranded bulky yarn (Phil Rapido by Phildar, find it here!) using 8mm/US 11 needles.

Material

  • 8mm/US 11 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) or DPNs OR any needles to obtain the gauge
  • Approximately 108m/119 yards of bulky weight (#5) yarn, here are my recommendations!
    • Phil Looping by Phildar (held double stranded), click here for the yarn!
    • Phil Rapido by Phildar, click here for the yarn!
  • Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch with 8mm/US 11 needles = 12 stitches, 14 rows
  • Cable needle or extra DPN
  • Tapestry needle
  • Optional:
    • 6mm/US 10 DPNs for decreasing
    • Extra yarn for pompom
    • Pompom maker

Abbreviations

K = knit
P = purl
M1 = make one stitch by picking up the yarn in between two stitches with your left needle and knitting it through the back loop
C5Fa = slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 2 stitches, purl 1 stitch and then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
C3B = slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and leave in back of work. Knit 2 stitches, then purl 1 stitch from the cable needle.
C3F = slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Purl 1 stitch, then knit 2 stitches from the cable needle.
C5Fb = slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Purl 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches and then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
C4F = slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together

Brim

Cast on 44 stitches on your 8mm/US 11 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”).

*K1, P1* all around (round 1 of the brim) and repeat round 1 for another 21 times, knitting a total of 22 rounds for the brim or until the brim measures 15cm/6 inches.

Increase round

Knit all stitches on this round, including the stitches you increase. You’ll add 11 stitches on this round, adding the total number of stitches from 44 to 55.

*M1, K4* repeat all around.

Beanie

Knit rounds 1-23 once, then move onto the decreases.

Round 1: *P3, C5Fa, P3* repeat all around
Round 2: *P3, K5, P3* repeat all around
Round 3: *P2, C3B, P1, C3F, P2* repeat all around
Round 4: *P2, K7, P2* repeat all around
Round 5: *P1, C3B, P3, C3F, P1* repeat all around
Round 6: *P1, K9, P1* repeat all around
Round 7: *C3B, P5, C3F* repeat all around
Round 8: Knit all stitches
Round 9: *K2, P7, K2* repeat all around
Round 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: *K2, P7, K2* repeat all around
Round 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: *K2, P7, K2* repeat all around
Round 14: Knit all stitches
Round 15: *K2, P7, K2* repeat all around
Round 16: Knit all stitches
Round 17: *C3F, P5, C3B* repeat all around
Round 18: *P1, K9, P1* repeat all around
Round 19: *P1, C3F, P3, C3B, P1* repeat all around
Round 20: *P2, K7, P2* repeat all around
Round 21: *P2, C3F, P1, C3B, P2* repeat all around
Round 22: *P3, K5, P3* repeat all around
Round 23: *P3, C5Fb, P3* repeat all around

Decreasing

Round 24: *P2tog, P2tog, K4, P2tog, P1* repeat all around

  • Tip: after the first round of decreases I change to my 6mm/US 10 DPNs in order to avoid stretching the beanie too much as it gets smaller and also to not make any loose stitches or holes in the work while decreasing. I divide the stitches on 4 needles so that I have 8 stitches per needle on the three first needles and 16 stitches on the last needle!

Round 25: *P2, K4, P2* repeat all around
Round 26: *P2tog, C4F, P2tog* repeat all around
Round 27: *P1, K4, P1* repeat all around
Round 28: *P1, K2tog, K2tog, P1* repeat all around
Round 29: *P1, K2, P1* repeat all around
Round 30: *P1, K2tog, P1* repeat all around

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 15 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

And there you have it, your Onni beanie is now ready (you see, I told you it would work up in no time)!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern and will be making all the beanies for the winter!

xx, Kati

4 thoughts on “Free knitting pattern: The Onni Beanie”

  1. Such a pretty beanie. Thanks for sharing it. I have some bulky weight yarn (5) that I want to use for this pattern. If I just use one strand would use the bulky weight version?

    1. Hi, thank you so so much! You should definitely follow the bulky weight version of the pattern if you knit single stranded (and probably even if you were to knit double stranded using a bulky #5 yarn) – the super bulky version is really only for super bulky yarns like Thick&Quick Wool Ease. I would definitely advice you to knit a test piece in stockinette stitch to check your gauge and see if it matches the one I have written down for the pattern! : )

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