Dancette beanie - knitting pattern

Sideways-knit garter stitch hugs the head, with a wide chevron band creating movement and even more elasticity for a great fit. Increases and decreases shape that beautiful chevron, but it’s short rows that mimic the classic spiralling crown on this multi-directional beanie.

Written for three sizes, the pattern also includes tutorials for the provisional cast-on and Kitchener stitch in garter stitch.

Sample shown in Whimzy Twisted MN [399yd/365m per 100g; 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon]. Shown in size 21in/53.25cm on model with 22in/56cm circumference head.

To fit sizes: 19 [21, 23] in/48.25 [53.25, 58.5] cm Finished size: 16 [18, 20] in/40.75 [45.75, 50.75] cm Finished depth: 6.75 [7.75, 8.5] in/17.25 [19.75, 21.5] cm

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


  • Written instructions
  • Illustrated tutorials for Provisional Cast-on & Kitchener Stitch (Garter St.)
  • Pattern in metric and imperial measurements

Materials you need at home:

  • 160 [198, 240] yd/147 [181, 219] m 4Ply, fingering or sock weight, plied yarn (Gauge 28 sts x 36 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over St.St. / 28 sts x 48 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over Garter St.)
  • 50yd/46m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in Garter.St.
  • Pair 2.75mm/UK12/US2 straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2.75mm crochet hook
  • Approx. 3yd/3m waste yarn
  • Stitch marker as necessary
  • Tapestry needle
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