It's no secret that I love Halloween. From spooky costumes, to buckets of candy, it's one of my favorite holidays. Every year on Halloween, we go to our local Halloween parade. It's the longest running Halloween parade in the nation - isn't that amazing! It's such a fun tradition that we look forward to every year.
I wanted to design a beanie that would fit the Halloween spirit but also be appropriate to wear all winter long, if you'd like. Enter this simple design. Using the method of duplicate stitching, you can whip this beanie up in a flash.
First, gather your supplies.
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K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog- Knit two together
Tbl - through the back loop
This beanie is worked completely on circular needles in the round. I recommend using a 16 inch cord. You may also use the magic loop method. The basis of this beanie is a simple stockinette hat. Duplicate stitches are used after the beanie is made to create the heart design on the front.
Selling finished items from this pattern
You are welcome to sell finished items created with this pattern. I only ask that you credit Hooked Hazel with the original design. Do not use my photos to sell finished products. Do not copy, alter, or distribute this pattern.
Duplicate stitching (also called Swedish Darning) is a method used to create designs on your knit piece. Using a needle and contrasting yarn, you essentially sew over your finished stitches to create a design. This works especially well for small designs or designs that don’t repeat around a pattern. If you are unfamiliar with the method, try the tutorial at this link: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/duplicate-stitch/
For the brim:
Cast on the following, using your favorite stretchy cast on method, and join to work in the round:
K1Tbl, P1 around, marking the beginning of your rounds with a stitch marker, until brim measures as follows from the cast on edge:
K around for 18 rounds. For a slouchier fit, add more rounds.
Round 1: K2tog around
Round 2: K around
Round 3: K2tog around
After your last round, cut your yarn leaving a tail long enough to sew the hole shut. Keeping your work on your needles, thread a yarn needle with the long tail. Guide the yarn needle through each open stitch at the top of your beanie, then remove your knitting needles. Pull the thread tight on the inside of the beanie, and sew closed.
Now on to the fun part! Grab your contrasting yarn and cut a long piece. Don’t worry too much about whether or not it is long enough - you can always add more. Thread your large eyed needle with the yarn. Using the chart below as a guide (each square is one stitch), stitch on your first skull and crossbones by starting with square 2,2. This stitch should be placed on the second knit row of the body.
Avoid stitching too tightly, which will result in puckering. Try to work in a manner that has the shortest floats. For example, I would work stitch 2,2 followed by 2,3 and then 3,3 etc.
Weave in all ends, add a pom pom (if you like) and you’re finished! I can’t wait to see what you create with this pattern – feel free to tag me on Instagram @hookedhazel. You can also use the #hookedhazel and #bonesbeanie - I love to repost and share your photos!