Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie

Matthew’s Beanie

Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie

It was an especially cold winter in Oregon when I got my first custom knitting order. My brother Matthew had retired his old beanie made by our grandmother, and he asked if I could make something similar.

I had made plenty of hats before, so I knew the drill, but I couldn't find any patterns that looked quite right. He wanted a hat with lots of cables, and he wanted it to be warm. Knowing my brother, I also knew he wanted it to be a bit understated, because he never wore anything too flashy or different. So, what I needed was something classic, casual, and not too complex.

Unfortunately, all of the patterns I found had complicated woven cables, lace detail, or a slouchy body. That was not going to work.

So, I brainstormed until I had a rough idea of what I was making, and I began to knit it freestyle. I started with a 2x2 rib, and then graduated into repeating cables. I let him choose the color he wanted (dark grey, of course), and I doubled up the yarn to make it extra thick.

Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie
Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie
Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie

 

The result was a nice, heavy hat that he absolutely adored. He could be seen wearing it in every picture that winter.

Matthew's beanie may not have the *wow* factor that other knit projects have, but this hat is classic. It can be worn with almost any outfit, and it is the perfect gift for even the pickiest relatives.

To check out this free pattern, click on the links below.

What you'll need:
Matthew's Beanie - free knitting pattern perfect for learning to cable! http://killercrafts.co/2018/04/23/matthews-beanie/ #knitting #pattern #beanie

Leneta is a graduate from Oregon State University currently living in Paris, France. When not writing or crafting, you can find her sipping espresso from tiny cups, watching true crime documentaries, or cuddling her cat, Jack.

2 Comments

  • Gayle

    LOVE the looks of this hat! Is there a typo for the small CO? Should it be 80 stitches?

    • Leneta

      Hi Gayle,

      I’ve updated the small pattern to CO 80. I agree that it makes more sense. Also, I changed the medium CO to 84, because I find it super satisfying to have the sizes separated by a consistent number of stitches.

      Thanks again for the comment!

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