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Free Knitting Pattern – Fall Harvest Beanie

Fall is my favourite time of year. Cool crisp mornings, warm days, and amazing colours everywhere. Also, fall marks the beginning of hat season.

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The inspiration for this beanie started with this warm yellow wool yarn.  The colour is Golden Heather in Cascade 220 highland wool.  I love earthy yellows and this one is so gorgeous. It has a slight green undertone with very subtle reds mixed in with the variegated tones.  When I first saw this yarn I knew it needed to be mixed with something that would make it POP.  This deep Eggplant purple, also from Cascade, was the perfect contrast and a simple fair isle pattern would create an awesome transition between colours.  A long rim to keep ears warm and a fun pompom on top finished the design.

Luckily, I found this awesome purple faux fur pompom in my stash.  I think I ordered it off amazon a couple years ago as part of a pack with other fun colours, that I never used, I almost always end up going with a natural tone.  This match was meant to be, I didn’t want to bring in any other colours that would take away from this awesome combination.

If you don’t have the perfect pompom sitting in your stash you can make your own wool yarn pompom with the contrast colour.  See my post on how to make a big fluffy pompom here, or go pompom-less, this beanie also looks beautiful without the topper.

These colours together give out a warm fall vibe and will be awesome for all of your autumn outings and adventures like hikes in the woods or trips to the pumpkin patch, corn maze or sunflower farm.

Of course, this beanie will look great in so many other combinations.  Go through your stash to look for an awesome contrasting duo in worsted weight wool.  I would love to see what you pick, share your project on Ravelry or post a photo on Instagram and tag me @handknithugs #fallharvestbeanie 


The Pattern

Designer notes

Fair Isle method is used for colour work.  I have increased the needle size when knitting the fair isle rounds to avoid tightness.  If you find your work is still too tight you can increase to a US 9 (5.5 mm) needle. The fair isle rounds are written out, it is a simple repeat. Please comment at the bottom of this post if you prefer charts and I will make one to add to the pattern. Also, let me know if you have any questions, feedback or corrections. Thanks so much

Sizes

Adult – 22” circumference, 10″ length

Yarn and Materials

Cascade 220 Worsted Weight Wool, you can find this yarn at Love Crafts (see affiliate statement above)

A (top colour) 100 yards – Cascade 220 Heathers in Golden Heather

B (base colour) 100 yards – Cascade 220 Solids in Eggplant

Pompom

Needles and Tools

US 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needle

US 8 (5.0 mm) 16” circular needle

Set of US 7 (4.5 mm) Double Point Needles (DPNs)

Darning Needle

Gauge

4” = 18 stitches, 22 rows

Abbreviations

CO – Cast On

DPN – Double point needles

K2tog – Decrease 1 by knitting the next 2 stitches together

KFB – Increase 1 by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch

Instructions

CO 88 with US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle with B

Place marker and join the round

[K2, P2] repeat to end

Work 16 more rounds of K2, P2 ribbing

Increase Round: [K10, KFB] repeat to end – 96 stitches

Switch to US 8 (5 mm) 16“ circular needle

Pattern Round 1 – [K1 in B, K1 in A] repeat to end

Pattern Round 2 – [K1 in A, K1 in B] repeat to end

Pattern Round 3 – repeat round 1

Pattern Round 4 – repeat round 2

Pattern Round 5 – repeat round 1

Pattern Round 6 – Knit to end with A

Pattern Round 7 – K1 with A, [[K1 in B, K3 in A] repeat to last 3 stitches], K1 in B, K2 in A

Switch back to US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle

Knit 13 Rounds in A

Begin decrease rounds – Switch to DPNs when needed

Next Round: [K10, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K9, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K8, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K7, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K6, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K5, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K4, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K3, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K2, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2tog] repeat to end

Cut yarn and run it through the remaining stitches with a darning needle.  Pull firmly then run the yarn through the center to the inside of the beanie.  Sew a couple stitches on the inside to secure

Weave in all loose ends

Wash and block

Add a fun faux fur pompom or make your own big fluffy pompom

© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
Do not copy, re-distribute or sell this pattern either in whole or in part.
You may sell products made from this pattern – credit would be appreciated.


Thank you so much for checking out this pattern, I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  If you would like to support me all you have to do is share!

I forgot how much I enjoy fair isle knitting and how I addictive it is.  I was designing more patterns in my head while knitting this one up, so expect to see more soon.  ?

Please comment at the bottom of this post if you have any questions or feedback.

I would love to see you finished beanie.  Share your project on Ravelry or post a photo on Instagram and tag me @handknithugs #fallharvestbeanie

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Joanna Kinsey
Joanna Kinsey
9 months ago

How can I print this pattern?

Joanna Kinsey
Joanna Kinsey
9 months ago
Reply to  handknithugs

Great, I purchased the yarn to make a couple of hats for Xmas with this pattern.