Simplest Cap of All

[Plainest version of the simple beanie cap in variegated yarn]

The simplest cap of all is a beanie style in plain stockinette with a bit of ribbing at the edge. It can be knitted in worsted weight yarn on size 7 or 8 needles or a thicker yarn on size 9 to 11 needles.

Instructions, bulky or chunky yarn

Bulky or chunky yarns are thick yarns, with suggested gauge of less than 4 stitches per inch, knitted on needles size 9 or larger. The caps shown are in Lion Brand yarns; the variegated one is Jiffy, and the gray one is Chunky USA.

Body of cap:
Cast on 56 stitches on double-point needles and join into round without twisting.
Work one inch in Knit 1 Purl 1 ribbing (about 6 rounds).
Work one more round of ribbing, increasing 8 stitches evenly spaced around the circle by lifting the bar between the stitches below and knitting into the back of this stitch, twisting it. You will now have a total of 64 stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) until the hat has a total length of about 5 inches.
Optional stripes:
If you'd like to add some color stripes, go for it! I think stripes look best if they're close to the ribbing but they can go anywhere, including within the crown decreases. Simply start knitting the new color, leaving the tail to work in when you're done. If you want, you can disguise the "jog" at the end of the round, using Meg's Jogless Jog trick. If the stripes will be only a couple of rounds high, you can simply carry the yarn up without breaking between colors.
[Simple beanie cap with contrast stripes] Crown decreases:
Decrease round: *k 6, k2tog* around.
K 2 rounds.
Decrease round: *k 5, k2tog* around.
K 2 rounds.
Decrease round: *k 4, k2tog* around.
K 1 round.
Decrease round: *k 3, k2tog* around.
K 1 round.
Decrease round: *k 2, k2tog* around.
K 1 round.
Decrease round: *k 1, k2tog* around.
Decrease round: *k2tog* around.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8" tail. Thread the tail through a blunt needle, and run the needle through the remaining 8 stitches and pull them tightly together. Run the needle through the circle again, piercing the yarn to help prevent it from pulling loose, take the yarn inside through the center hole and fasten off.

Instructions, worsted weight yarn

Worsted weight yarn is yarn with a label gauge of 4 to 4 1/2 stitches per inch, usually knitted on size 7 or 8 needles. It's the "standard" size most commonly available in crafts stores.

Body of cap:
Cast on 72 stitches and join into a circle, being careful not to twist.
Work one inch of K1P1 rib, then increase 8 stitches evenly spaced around, as described above. (80 sts.)
Work in stockinette until total length is about 4 1/2 or 5 inches. Add contrast stripes if you like, as described above.
Crown shaping:
Decrease round: *k 8, k2tog* around.
K 3 rounds.
Decrease round: *k 7, k2tog* around.
K 2 rounds.(64 sts)
Continue decreases as above, and finish off cap as described.

Copyright statement: This is an original design by Judy Gibson [date]. Permission is granted to print and use this pattern for personal noncommercial use, provided this notice is included. Permission is also granted to knit items from this pattern for charitable purposes. No commercial use or publication of this design--in hard copy or electronic form--are permitted without explicit consent from the designer. Contact:

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