The Cross Beanie Pattern

Happy Easter friends! We’re enjoying a lovely long weekend here in the UK with Good Friday and Easter Monday being public holidays. Definitely a very much welcomed break.

Thought I’ll share a free pattern that I  created and wrote almost two years ago during Easter – The Cross Beanie. For me as a Christian, and for Christians the world over, the Cross recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the redeeming benefits of His love for humanity and His death on the Cross of Calvary.

The Cross Beanie is a simple hat pattern with the cross knitted in a contrast colour. It uses super chunky yarn and is a quick project to work on.

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If you would like a pdf version of the pattern, it is available for free download on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

Supplies & tools:

  • Approx 65 yards of any super bulky (weight 6) yarn, I used Robin Super Chunky
  • US 13/9mm 16″ (40cm) circular needles
  • US 13/9mm DPNs
  • Stitch marker
  • Darning/tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10cm/4″

Finished size: Teenager–Adult (to fit 18″–24″)

Abbreviations:

K – Knit
P – Purl
MC – Main colour
CC – Contrasting colour
K2tog – Knit two together
Sts – Stitches
DPNs – Double Pointed Needles

Pattern:

With MC, cast on 46 sts

Place marker and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches

Round 1-8: K1, P1 around

Round 9-11: K1 MC around

Round 12: K6 MC, K3 CC, K MC to end of round

Round 13-17: Repeat round 12

Round 18: K4 MC, K7 CC, K MC to end of round

Round 19-20: Repeat round 18

Round 21-23: Repeat round 12

Round 24-27: K1 MC around

Decrease rounds (all with MC):

Round 1: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * around until last four sts, then K4 (39 sts)

Round 2: *K3, K2tog, repeat from * around until last four sts, then K4 (32 sts)

Round 3: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * around (24 sts) *Switch to DPNs*

Round 4: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around (16 sts)

Round 5: *K2tog, repeat from * around (8 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Using a darning/tapestry needle, pull it through the remaining sts. Pull tight, weave in all ends and you’re done!

I would love to see your finished project, please feel free to tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
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One Skein Wonder: Quick and Easy Crochet Cowl

Hey lovelies!

I love lace and open work patterns, and I’m always looking for ways to experiment with them. Since I seem to have a thing for cowls, judging by how many cowl pattern ideas I am currently thinking about, it only made sense to create a lacy cowl pattern. It’s another one skein wonder made with yarn from my stash – The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters – although this time round, it’s a crochet pattern.

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This cowl is a quick and easy project, and is perfect for beginners. I particularly love the swirly pattern on the edges of the cowl…so gorgeous. The pattern works up quickly and is a must-have accessory for any fashionista’s wardrobe!

You ready? Let’s do this!

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*This pattern is not sponsored by We Are Knitters, I love The Petite Wool and typically have a few in my yarn stash*

Supplies & tools:

  • 1 ball of We Are Knitters’ The Petite Wool in Spotted Mauve
  • Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Darning/tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
Sp – space
Sts – stitches
V-st – v-stitich

Skill level: Beginner

Special stitch:

V-st = [DC, ch1, DC] in indicated st

Note:

  • Pattern is written in US standard terms
  • Cowl is crocheted as a flat piece and then seamed together once complete
  • Ch3 at the beginning of row 2 counts as dc throughout
  • You can adjust the size of the scarf (less wide or wider) by casting on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1. To make the scarf longer, repeat row 2 until you reach your desired height. Don’t forget you’ll need more than one skein of yarn if you would like the cowl wider or longer
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Pattern:

With size J (6.0mm) crochet hook, ch 31 sts

Row 1: V-st in 5th ch from hook, *skip next 2 ch, v-st in next ch; repeat from * across, ending with skip next ch, dc in last ch, turn

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as dc here and throughout), skip first st, *v-st in next ch1 sp; repeat from * across, ending with dc in the top of turning ch, turn

Repeat row 3-47: Repeat row 2

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming to form the cowl

Seaming:

Lay your cowl flat and bring the sides together. Use a tapestry needle to sew the sides using the mattress stitch perfectly explained in this video:

…And you’re done! Well done you! Now go show that baby off.

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I would love to see your finished project, please tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
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Happy crocheting lovelies!

One Ball Wonder: Cosy Reversible Knit Cowl

Hey lovelies!

Autumn (Fall) is slowly creeping up on us (seriously guys, where has all the time gone!) and I can only think about cosy knits…lots and lots of cosy knits. I’ve been working on some designs lately and I can’t wait to share them with you guys.

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Speaking of cosy knits, I have a few balls of The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters (which is such a squishy and delightful yarn by the way) and after pondering on what to make with them, I decided to see what I could create with one ball out of my stash. The result is this reversible knit cowl…I love one ball wonders! This cowl is a quick and easy project, which is perfect for beginners; more importantly, it is uber cosy and great for those cold autumn and winter months. So, let’s do this!

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Supplies & tools:

  • 1 ball of We Are Knitters’ the petite wool
  • US 7mm 32″ circular needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Darning/tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

CO – cast on
K – knit
P – purl
Rep – repeat

Skill level: Beginner

Pattern:

CO 124 sts, place stitch marker and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches

Round 1–5: *K1, P1; rep from * around

Round 6: K1 around

Round 7: *K4, P1; rep from * around, ending K4

Round 8–12: Repeat round 7

Round 13: *P4, K1; rep from * around, ending with P4

Round 14–18: Repeat round 13

Round 19–30: Repeat round 7–18

Round 31: K1 around

Round 32–35: *K1, P1; rep from * around

Bind off and weave in all ends

That’s it, you’re done. You can rock this baby during the colder months or make one (or two, three, four…) as a gift. The yarn is quite stretchy as well so you can wrap the cowl round your neck twice as below.

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Pattern note: You can adjust the pattern (less wide or wider) by casting on a multiple of 5 stitches plus 4. To make the scarf higher, repeat round 7–18 until you have the height you want. Don’t forget you’ll need more than one ball of yarn if you would like the cowl wider or higher.

Here are a few more pictures of the cowl..

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I would love to see your finished project, please tag me in your photos on social media:

Instagram: @handmadebykunbi
Facebook: Handmade by Kunbi

Happy knitting lovelies!