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Bistripe Beanie

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Bistripe Beanie is a colorwork beanie that is as fun to knit as it is beautiful. Stripes intersect both horizontally and vertically to create a beautiful play of color in this illusion-like effect. Use this beginner-friendly pattern to try your hand at stranded colorwork; even tension is easy to achieve when knitting 1x1 corrugated ribbing. The recommended yarn—Iroiro by Daruma—comes in perfectly sized 20 gram balls, with many colors to choose from. This is also a great pattern for going through scraps, mini skeins, and stash yarn. Tag me on Instagram and Tiktok @JamesNWatts and use #BistripeBeanie


Iroiro by Daruma-20 grams, 77 yards (70 meters), 100% wool, fingering weight.

This pattern uses six colors, but you can use more or fewer if it pleases you. The colors I used are as follows:

Color 1- 42 Pink

Color 2- 20 Water

Color 3- 26 Clover

Color 4- 8 Brick

Color 5- 36 Orange

Color 6- 13 Ultramarine



32 sts x 32 rows = 4” x 4” in Corrugated ribbing on US 4 (3.5mm) needles or any size needed to meet gauge.



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, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5)” / 18(21, 24, 24, 24)cm

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



119(162, 208, 231, 258) yards total

[109(148, 190, 211, 236) meters total]

All sizes can be knit with one ball of Iroiro for each of your 6 colors. If you are using more than 6 colors and knitting with scrap yarn, you will need no more than 5 grams for each color change.




·       US 4 (3.5mm) 16 inch circular knitting needle, or DPNs.

·       Ring stitch marker to mark beginning of round.

·       4 locking stitch markers to mark decrease points for crown shaping.



Corrugated ribbing video tutorial:

This beanie is knit bottom up, in the round. The entire hat is knit in Corrugated 1x1 ribbing, a stranded colorwork technique wherein you change yarns between every stitch, using one color to knit, and another color to purl. Whichever color you are not using is “floated” in the back, so make sure to bring your purl yarn to the back of the work while working a knit stitch. Central double decreases are used for the crown shaping. The brim is finished by picking up and knitting stitches and working an applied icord.

There are several techniques for holding your yarn in stranded color work. What works best for me is to hold my yarn that I’m purling with in my left hand, and my yarn that I’m knitting with in my right hand.
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