A fun, quick beanie pattern for every style of knitter is available now on Ravelry and I’ve just knitted it!
Michael asked me to test the large size before this pattern was released. I had never knitted cables before. I’m still very much a novice knitter. I can do stocking stitch and garter stitch ok and I can knit in the round. Cables have always seemed ‘complicated’ to me so have never attempted them. I’ve just looked in awe at them from a distance haha. However, a beanie hat is so small I thought that this would be the perfect way to start and learn cables as they weren’t very long! The end results say it all. I was successful and now I know how easy cables are. Yes, they look so clever but in reality, when you knit them it’s very simple.
I knitted the large size. It fits my head nice and snug. I like my beanie hats to be close fitting and not baggy so this was a great size for me. It’s a close fit but not tight. I can still put two fingers in the brim and it stretches easily.
I used 8mm and 10mm Circular Hiya Hiya needles with a 16″ cable and knitted in the round.
The pattern says to use Lion Brand Wool-Ease – Thick & Quick. This is a super chunky yarn, so I just swapped it with something that size from the shop so chose Rowan Big Wool. You can use any Super Chunky yarn. I didn’t worry about gauge and doing a swatch, but the pattern does give support for this if you want to check.
I used 1 ball of Rowan Big Wool (90yards) and had enough left over to make a medium sized pompom too.
It was a super fun knit. I loved doing the cables. It really was quick to learn. The designer – Michael Shawn provides loads of links to YouTube tutorials, so you really do have everything you need in order to be able to knit this pattern. If you’re a season knitter then yes, you’ll be able to do this in one evening. I’m a beginner and had never done cables, yet I still did it in two evenings. I’m sure when I make another, I’ll be able to do it in a couple of hours. So go for it! When it got to the top, I didn’t go to double pointed needles, I just stuck to the cable and did ‘Magic Loop’. The only hard bit was towards the end when you have to knit 3 together. That is hard getting your needle in to 3 stitches, but with a bit of a wiggle you can do it. Other than that – it’s a doddle! So go and support Michael and buy his pattern and make one and let’s see your Thunderhead Beanies this Autum/Winter!