FREE KNITTING PATTERN: THE AAVA BEANIE

aava beanie

Hi guys, it’s me again coming to you with another beanie pattern! If I could only choose one item to knit for the rest of my life, that item would definitely be hats no questions asked. For this design, I went back to my favorite bulky yarn (no kidding, the owner of my LYS knows that it’s like the only yarn I ever buy) and put together the following equation: double brim + garter stitch + cables = ONLY GOOD THINGS! I love to add simple things together, creating designs that are both functional and easy to follow, but still look as cute as ever. The word Aava is an adjective in Finnish used to describe something wide and open, like the open sea for example. It is also a women’s first name, nicely following the little name theme I got going on for all my patterns (find the free patterns for my Hilla Beanie, Onni Beanie & Onni Mittens!).

aava beanie

So as I mentioned already before, this design combines garter stitch and big cables, and thanks to the bulky yarn, it knits up in (almost) no time (once you get past the double brim which I know you can do!). Thanks to the garter stitch, you’ll be able to knit all the stitches on every other round when you’re knitting the beanie itself and have already conquered the brim. One cable section is always 12 stitches, followed by 6 stitches of garter stitch, and this 18 stitch cable + garter stitch -section is repeated 4 times per round, adding up to a total of 72 stitches.

aava beanie

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 #aavabeanie – 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 get your yarn and needles ready and let’s get started!

aava beanie

aava beanie

MEASUREMENTS

One size (adults): height with the brim folded 25 cm/9.8 inches, circumference approximately 55-57 cm/21-22.5 inches

 MATERIALS

  • 6mm/US 10 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) OR any needles to obtain the gauge
  • Approximately 120m/131 yards of bulky weight (#5) yarn
    • I used Phil Looping by Phildar for the beanies in the pictures, click here for the yarn!
    • Another yarn recommendation: Color Made Easy by Lion Brand, click here for the yarn!
  • Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch with 6mm/US 10 needles = 14 stitches, 20 rows
  • Cable needle or extra DPN
  • Tapestry needle
  • 6mm/US 10 DPNs for decreasing
  • Optional:
    • Extra yarn for pompom + pompom maker

ABBREVIATIONS

K = Knit
P = Purl
C8F = Slip 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 4 stitches, then knit 4 stitches from cable needle
C8B = Slip 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave in the back of the work. Knit 4 stitches, then knit 4 stitches from cable needle
K2Tog = Knit 2 stitches together

BRIM

Cast on 72 stitches on your 6mm/US 10 circular needles.

*K2, P2* all around (round 1) and repeat for another 31 times, knitting a total of 32 rounds for the brim or until brim measures 15 cm/5.9 inches.

BEANIE

Rounds with cable turns are emphasized.

Round 1: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 2: knit all stitches
Round 3: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 4: knit all stitches
Round 5: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 8: *C8F, K10* repeat all around
Round 9: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 12: knit all stitches
Round 13: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 14: knit all stitches
Round 15: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 16: *K4, C8B, K6* repeat all around

Repeat rounds 1-16 once more, knitting them a total of 2 times for the beanie (this way, you’ll knit 4 cable turns).

Finish by knitting rounds 1-2 before starting the decreases.

Cable option

You can easily alter the look of the beanie by changing the amount of rounds in between the cable turns (like I did on the beanie in the pictures below). The following instructions are for making a cable turn every 6th round!

aava beanie

Round 1: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 2: knit all stitches
Round 3: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 4: knit all stitches
Round 5: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 6: *C8F, K10* repeat all around
Round 7: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: *K12, P6* repeat all around
Round 12: *K4, C8B, K6* repeat all around

Knit rounds 1-12 twice and finish by knitting rounds 1-10 before starting the decreases (this way, you’ll knit 5 cable turns).

Decreasing

Round 1: *K2, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 54 sts)

  • Change to 6mm / US 10 DPNs after the first decrease round and divide the stitches evenly onto 3 needles (18 sts/needle)

Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *K1, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 36 sts)
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: *K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 18 sts)
Round 6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: *K2Tog* (stitch count after round: 9 sts)

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 9 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

In this video tutorial I’m showing you how to master the cables used in the pattern – I hope this can help you out if you’re not feeling 100% confident with cable knitting!

And as simple as that, your Aava Beanie is ready!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pattern and will be returning to the design in the future as well!

xx, Kati

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xx, Kati

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FREE KNITTING PATTERN: THE HILLA BEANIE

hilla beanie

Hi everyone, I’ve missed you guys SOOO much and man does it feel good to be back writing and sharing a new pattern! It’s been a while and after a busy autumn I’m so glad to have been able to design yet another cable beanie – this time using medium weight yarn! So without further ado, let me introduce to you The Hilla Beanie. Hilla is one of the Finnish words for cloudberry which was definitely one of my favorite berries while growing up (and still is!) and I have a bunch of wonderful memories of picking them up with my grandmother. Also, a little fun fact: Hilla is a first name, just like Onni (if you haven’t yet, check out the free pattern for my Onni Beanie and the matching Onni Mittens!) so I guess I’ll just keep giving my beanies actual names!

hilla beanie

But anyway, back to today’s beanie! This classic cable beanie is an intermediate design combining two types of cables, and it’s knit with medium weight yarn. I’m usually a bulky yarn girl, so this was definitely the perfect project to change things up a little! In this free pattern you’ll find full written instructions on how to knit the beanie from start to finish. Once you get through the double brim it only takes you 6 cable turns + the decreases and voilà, your beanie will be all ready to go!

hilla beanie

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 #hillabeanie – 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 get your yarn and needles ready and let’s get to it!

hilla beanie

MEASUREMENTS

One size (adults): height with the brim folded 25 cm/9.8 inches, circumference approximately 55-57 cm/21-22.5 inches

MATERIALS

  • 6mm/US 10 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) OR any needles to obtain the gauge
  • Approximately 155 meters/169 yards of medium weight (#4) yarn
    • I used one skein of Merino Aran by Katia for the beanies in the pictures, click here for the yarn!
  • Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4” of stockinette stitch with 6mm/US 10 needles = 16 stitches, 20 rows
  • Cable needle or extra DPN
  • Tapestry needle
  • 6mm / US 10 DPNs for decreasing
  • Optional:
    • Extra yarn for pompom + pompom maker

ABBREVIATIONS

K = Knit
P = Purl
C4B = Slip 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave in back of work. Knit 2 stitches, then knit 4 stitches from cable needle
C2F = Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave in front of work. Knit 4 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle
K2Tog = Knit 2 stitches together

BRIM

Cast on 72 stitches on your 6mm/US 10 circular needles.

*K2, P2* all around (round 1) and repeat for another 27 times, knitting a total of 28 rounds for the brim or until brim measures 15 cm/5.9 inches.

BEANIE

Round 1: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 2: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 3: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 4: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 5: *K1, P2, K6, P1, K6, P2* repeat all around
Round 6: *K1, P2, C4B, P1, C2F, P2* repeat all around

Repeat rounds 1-6 for another 5 times, knitting them a total of 6 times before starting the decreases (this way, you’ll knit 6 cable turns).

Decreasing

Round 1: *K2, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 54 sts)

  • Change to 6mm / US 10 DPNs after the first decrease round and divide the stitches evenly onto 3 needles (18     sts/needle)

Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *K1, K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 36 sts)
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: *K2Tog* repeat all around (stitch count after round: 18 sts)
Round 6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: *K2Tog* (stitch count after round: 9 sts)

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 9 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

And as simple as that, your Hilla Beanie is ready!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pattern and will be returning to the design in the future as well!

xx, Kati

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FREE KNITTING PATTERN: THE ONNI BEANIE

pattern

Want to make the matching mittens as well? Find the free pattern for the Onni mittens here!

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!

pattern

In this free pattern you’ll find full written instructions on how to make the beanie from start to finish with both bulky and super bulky yarn, and a knitting chart for the pattern as well. 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 (adults): 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 pattern is designed for both bulky (weight category #5) and super bulky yarn (weight category #6).

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 and following the pattern for the bulky (#5) version.

The beige beanie is knit with single stranded bulky yarn (Phil Rapido by Phildar, find it here!) using 8mm/US 11 needles and following the pattern for the bulky (#5) version.

MATERIALS

  • For the bulky version (yarn weight category #5):
    – 8mm/US 11 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) or DPNs OR any needles to obtain the gauge
    – Approximately 108m/119 yards of bulky yarn (weight category #5)
    – Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch with 8mm/US 11 needles = 12 stitches, 14 rows
    – I used a double stranded bulky weight yarn for the pink beanie (Phil Looping by Phildar, find it here!) and a single stranded bulky weight yarn for the beige beanie (Phil Rapido by Phildar, find it here!)
  • For the super bulky version (yarn weight category #6):
    – 10mm/US 13 circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”) or DPNs OR any needles to obtain the gauge
    – Approximately 85m/92 yards of super bulky yarn (weight category #6)
    – Gauge: 10×10 cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch with 10mm/US 13 needles = 9 stitches, 12 rows
    – Yarn recommendation: Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick, find it here!
    —–
  • 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 or 10mm/US 13 (for super bulky version) circular needles (Ø 40cm/16”).

*K1, P1* all around (round 1 of the brim) and repeat round 1 for another 21 times / 19 times for super bulky, knitting a total of 22 rounds / 20 rounds for super bulky for the brim or until the brim measures 15cm/6 inches.

INCREASE ROUND

If you’re making the super bulky version, knit all stitches on this round without making any increases!

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

Here you’ll find the written instructions for each round of the beanie all the way until the end. There’s also a knitting chart for the cable pattern right after these written instructions, so if you love reading charts like me you can scroll your way there! On the chart you’ll have the pattern for rows 1-23, after which you’ll need to return to the written instructions for 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

  • if you’re making the super bulky version, skip rounds 13-16 and continue knitting from round 17 onward!

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

This is where the knitting chart (see below) ends and the decreases begin!

Decreasing

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

  • Tip for the bulky (#5) version: 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 aroun

  • if you’re making the super bulky version, you can already end the work after finishing round 28: cut yarn and pull through remaining 16 stitches, tighten and secure the end well by weaving in on the wrong side of the work.

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.

KNITTING CHART

And here’s the visual for the cable pattern! This covers rounds 1-23 of the beanie, after which you’ll start decreasing (no chart for the decreasing part so head back up a little to see the written instructions and rounds 24-30!).

pattern

Click the image to open it bigger!

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!

PDF-VERSION

You can now also download a print-friendly PDF-version of the pattern – this way, you’ll always have the design easily at hand wherever you go! The PDF-version is currently only available in Finnish but I’m working hard on writing the English version so stay tuned!

Onni Pipo tulostettava versio

xx, Kati

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