I was very proud of myself this Christmas, when I was able to successfully finish homemade projects for everyone with a few days to spare. I realized kind of late in December that I had missed a few people because I was so focused on creating these huge impressive pieces for my immediate family. I definitely had a mad craft dash to get all of my gifts finished in time. Thank goodness I had this super easy pattern up my sleeve. It’s called the overnight beanie because I typically start it at night and then finish the next day. All in all, I would say it takes about 6 hours for an experienced knitter to complete, and the recipient will be very happy with the result. The key is to use a thicker yarn than recommended for your needles. This creates a really tight and warm stitch with very little effort. While I know plenty of people who are over the moon happy with the result of this hat using the pattern provided, it’s really easy to switch up to add a little decoration. You can add cables, ribs, color changes, or whatever else you like to make this hat your own.
What You Need:
- Around 90 yards of a bulky weight yarn. Yarns recommended for size 13 or 15 needles work best.
- Size 10 1/2 Double Pointed Needles (If you like to work with circular needles, use 16 inch needles until 4 rows into crown shaping, then switch to DPNs)
- Yarn Needle
A Note About DPNs: I’ve had a lot of questions about using double pointed needles when knitting hats, and I thought I would clear up the reason that I use them. The answer is pretty simple. I don’t mind knitting with them. I find circular needles to be a little difficult at times because you’re constantly having to move your yarn around and it can sometimes get caught on the cord where it meets the needle. I absolutely recommend circular needles for larger projects, but with hats, I just find it a lot easier to use double pointed needles. It’s essentially just knitting sections of your piece like you would on a straight needle. In addition, I don’t need to switch over to double pointed needles when I get to crown shaping. It’s entirely up to you which works best, but I just find double pointed needles a lot more practical for me when it comes to knitting hats. Don’t be afraid of them, your project will look really complicated, but it really doesn’t take long to get the hang of.
Cast On 80 stitches and distribute evenly among your DPNs. If you’re using circular needles, be sure to add a marker to keep track of rows.
Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a rib stitch until your piece measures 2 inches.
Knit all Rows until your piece measures 5 inches total.
Row 1: Knit 8, K 2 Together (known as k2tog from now on)* Repeat 3 more times.
Row 2 and all other even rows: Knit all Stitches
Row 3: Knit 7, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Row 5: Knit 6, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Row 7: Knit 5, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Row 9: Knit 4, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Row 11: Knit 3, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Row 13: Knit 2, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times
Cut your yarn with a long tail and thread it onto your yarn needle. Thread the end of your yarn through each remaining loop and pull tight. Weave in ends.
It might be the world’s easiest beanie to knit, but it’s a very warm, and very nice hat to receive as a gift or to wear during cold winter months. If you’re new to knitting, definitely give this hat a try!