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Bóithrín striped beanie - knitting pattern

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    • Illustrated knitting pattern
    • Metric and imperial measurements
    • Sizes to fit 15 (17, 20) inches (Finished measurements circumference 12¼ (14¾, 17¼) inches, length 5¾ (6¼, 6¾) inches)
    • written and charted instructions


    Bóithrín (pronounced ‘Boreen’) is Irish for ‘a little road’.

    My little boy loves cars. And trucks. And bikes. And aeroplanes. And motorbikes. And lorries. And diggers. And cranes. And trains. And buses, which is pretty handy, as we live in a bus. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an old rusty banger or slick stickered racing car, if it moves and makes a noise, he wants one.

    And so this Hat, inspired by race tracks, road markings and tyre treads came to be. Bóithrín is the perfect Hat for little boys obsessed with vehicles, a modern take on the classic intarsia motif pieces and the perfect project to practice a few new techniques.

    Skills required: Knit & pur sts, increases & decreases, short rows, provisional cast-on, grafting

    Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Square Top Hat - yarn A 32 [42, 53] yd/29 [38, 48] m, yarn B 26 [34, 44] yd/23 [31, 40] m worsted weight, plied yarn (sample shown in Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted (100% Merino Superwash; 95 yards/86 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein))
    • Beanie - yarn A 32 [42, 52] yd/29 [38, 47] m, yarn B 23 [32, 43] yd/21 [29, 39] m worsted weight, plied yarn
    • US 7/4.5mm straight needles 
    • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook 
    • Tapestry needle 
    • Approximately 2 meters waste yarn