Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat by Aurélie Colas

Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat

July 2014
Cecilia's Handspun Yarns 100% Bluefaced Leicester 18wpi
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in textured check
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
109 - 421 yards (100 - 385 m)
Beanie version for Baby, Toddler and Child / Slouchy version for Child, Teenager and Adult sizes
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Inspired by the lovely shape of the many turrets of Castle Fraser (Scotland), especially the bell-shaped one which leads to the very top of the Round Tower, flanked on each side with beautifully carved stone balustrades…

Wear a little bit of Scottish history and architecture on your head!

Message aux francophones: Si l’anglais n’est pas votre premiere langue, mais que vous souhaitez vous lancer et tricoter un de mes designs, n’hesitez pas ! Je peux vous aider a traduire des passages qui vous poseraient probleme, et, si il y a une demande suffisante, me lancer dans la traduction complete de mes modeles.


  • Beanie version for Baby, Toddler, Child Small and Child Medium sizes. Baby [Toddler, Child Small Beanie, Child Medium Beanie] To fit head circumference: 40 [45: 48: 52] cm (16 [18: 19: 20 1/2] in)

  • Slouchy version for Child, Teenager and Adult sizes. Child Slouchy [Teenager/Adult Small , Adult Medium/Large] To fit head circumference: 51 [56: 61] cm (20 [22: 24] in)

Yarn requirement

  • Slouchy Adult Small shown in: The Knitting Goddess 4ply High Twist BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) (1 x 100g, 385 m / 400 yds), in Teal

  • Toddler Beanie shown in: Cecilia’s Handspun Yarns, 100% Bluefaced Leicester, 2-ply, 18wpi, approx. 165 m / 180 yds for 50 g

  • Baby Beanie shown in: in John Arbon Textiles 100% Organically Farmed Falklands Merino (1 x 100g, approx. 133 m / 145 yds) ― Baby beanie used approx. 30 g

Needles and Notions

  • 2.75 mm (US 2) needles – 40 cm (16 in)circular needles to work body of hat, and DPNs or 2 circ. needles to work crown shaping. Or size required to achieve gauge. Note: to knit smaller sizes, DPNs or 2 circ. needles are recommended throughout.
  • 2.50 mm (US 1.5) needles – 40 cm (16 in)circular needles to work brim (one size smaller than for body of hat).
  • Crochet hook and scrap yarn
  • Cable Needle, Darning needle, Stitch Markers

28 sts / 10cm (4 in) measured over textured check in the round, lightly blocked to preserve the bumpy texture.

8-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed charts for all patterned sections.

Pattern also includes a description of Castle Fraser, Scotland, which provided the inspiration and scenery to photograph the Balustrades and Slates Beanie and Slouchy Hat. Photos and inspiration drawing also included.