Giostra beanie hat - knitting pattern

Giostra’s staggered bobbles and gently peaked crown hint playfully at the carousels it is named for, making a Hat that’s as appealing to kids as it is flattering to adults.

It knits up fast in aran weight and will fit anyone from 6-month-old babies to large adults.

Skills required: 
Knit & purl sts, knitting in the round, increases & decreases, specialist cast-on, bobbles

19 sts x 26 rows to 4in/10cm on 4.5mm needles over St.St. 
 18 sts x 38 rows to 4in/10cm on 4.5mm needles over Garter St.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 18 (20, 22, 24) in/45.75 (51, 56, 61) cm (Finished size 15.5 (17.75, 20, 22.25) in/39.5 (45, 51, 56.5) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Cable Cast-on & Knitting in the Round

Materials you need at home:

  • 91 (117, 147, 180) yd/84 (107, 134, 165) m Aran weight, single ply yarn (Sample shown in Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs & Butterflies (190yd/174m per 113g/4oz; 85% Wool, 15% Mohair))
33yd/31m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St.

  • Set 4.5mm/UK7/US7 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle
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