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Arcane Beanie is a 3-color stranded colorwork project that begins with a unique and beautifully constructed cabled braid with a neat i-cord edge as a brim. Folk art colorwork motifs coupled with a beautiful Autumn Equinox-inspired color palette create a hat that begs to be worn into forests, through mountain paths, and on foraging expeditions. Use #ArcaneBeanie and tag me @JamesNWatts on Instagram and TikTok. Stay in the know about upcoming events and designs by subscribing to my newsletter via


Ritual Dyes Maven, 50 gr, 100% non-superwash

Rambouillet wool, 265 yds (242 m), in three colors. The

colors in my sample are as follows:

Color A- Oak (brown)

Color B- Cobalt (blue)

Color C- Titanite (green)

These colors have been custom dyed by Ritual Dyes as a part of their limited edition Fall Equinox seasonal offering for 2023. If they are no longer available at the time you are reading this, feel free to use other colors of Ritual Dyes Maven, or use any yarn that you get gauge with. My recommendation is a fingering weight, woolen spun yarn.


32 sts x 34 rows = 4” x 4”, stranded colorwork knit in the

round, blocked.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

To fit a head circumference within one inch (2.5cm) of:

16 (18, 20, 22, 24)” / 40.5(45.5, 51, 56, 61)cm

This hat is meant to be worn with 1-3” (2.5-7.5cm) of

negative ease and has a finished circumference of:

14 (16, 18, 20, 22)” / 35.5(40.5, 45.5, 51, 56)cm

If you are perfectly between sizes, size down.

From cast on to top of crown, hat measures:

7(8.25, 9, 9, 9)” / 18(21, 24, 24, 24)cm

Adults with average sized heads will fit best in size 4.


• US 4 (3.5mm) 16-inch circular knitting needle.

• Ring stitch marker to mark beginning of round.

• Darning needle for weaving in ends and

finishing crown.


This hat uses a total of 160(233, 266, 297, 317) yards /

147(213, 243, 271, 290) meters.

The yardage needed by color is as follows:

Color A- 64(95, 106, 117, 127) yards / 78(87, 97, 107,

116) meters

Color B- 48(69, 80, 90, 95) yards / 59(63, 73, 82, 87)


Color C- 48(69, 80, 90, 95) yards / 59(63, 73, 82, 87)



This hat is knit in two pieces. The brim is worked

separately, sideways, beginning with a provisional cast

on. The brim features a braided cable motif, and an

i-cord edge. The brim is finished by undoing the

provisional cast on and attaching it to the working edge

using Kitchener stitch. Stitches are picked up and knit around the

circumference of the brim for the remainder of the hat.

The body of the hat is knit using stranded colorwork

technique. Crown shaping uses standard ssk and k2tog

decreases, and the hat is finished by cutting the yarn

and weaving the tail through the remaining live stitches.

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