September 27, 2023

Knitting a Bonnet, while creating a unique pattern sequence

You're familiar with this scenario, right? You come across a project – maybe a beanie, a sweater, a scarf, mittens, or a shawl – and immediately recognize it as a fantastic pattern. So, you snap a picture of it and save it in your stash folder, labeled "Future Knitting Projects." That's precisely how I operate. Now that I'm partially retired, I have ample time to indulge in what I adore: bringing various patterns from my "stash" folder to life. Reading patterns aren't a significant hurdle, given that countless books and online resources document them. Recently, I embarked on a knitting venture involving a beanie, employing a technique known as "knit in the stitch below." It involves two colors and incorporates a combination of c4f, c6b, and c4b in the third row, followed by c4f, c6f, and c4b in row 7. Below, you'll find an image of the cable pattern I've begun for the beanie's brim.

Start with a provisional cast-on of a crochet chain long enough for 25 stitches,

Row 1 (RS) : K1, p1, k4, p2, k9, p2, k4, p1, k1
Row 2 and ALL EVEN Rows: P1, k1, p4, k2, p9, k2, p4, k1, p1
Row 3: K1, p1, c2b, p2, c6b, k3, p2, c4b, p1 k1
Row 5: Rep. Row 1
Row 7: K1, p1, c4f, p2, k3, c6f, p2, c4b, p1, k1

Repeat rows 1 through 8 until your project reaches the desired length. Be sure to measure the head circumference of the intended recipient of the beanie.

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