Retro beanie - knitting pattern

This fun retro pattern is worked from the bottom up, and a generous 6 sizes are included!

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

20 sts x 28 rows to 4in/10cm on 3.75mm needles over St.St.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • Sizes to fit 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24) in/ 35.5 (40.75, 45.75, 51, 56, 61) cm Finished size 12.75 (14.5, 16, 17.5, 19.25, 20.75) in/ 32.5 (36.75, 40.75, 45.5, 48.75, 52.75) cm)
  • Written instructions; illustrated tutorials for Alternate Cable cast-on for 1x1 & 2x2 rib; pompom schematic

Materials you need at home:

  • 93 (115, 140, 160, 197, 229) yd/85 (105, 128, 146, 180, 210) m DK weight, plied yarn (Sample shown in Wharfdale WoolWorks Alpaca Merino DK (215yd/197m per 100g; 50% Merino, 50% Alpaca))
  • 90yd/82m yarn for a 3in/7.5cm pompom
 , *31yd/28m yarn for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St

  • Set 3.75mm/UK9/US5 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge

  • Stitch marker as necessary

  • Tapestry needle
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