Jamaica beanie by Sandra Jäger
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Jamaica beanie

December 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
not that important
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
One size (about 57 - 60 cm head circumreference)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Story of this hat
A boy had seen a comic figure with such a “cool” beanie on his head and he liked it for christmas 2012.
A friend of him and work collegue of me asked me if I could knit such a beanie.
So the sock yarn version with 3.5 mm needles one was done.
As he was freezing with the sock yarn version and liked a thicker one for skiing I knit another one in bulkier yarn Lana Grossa Bingo with 5.00 mm needles.
The second one also became a bit larger and longer.
My friend told me he is now walking around indoors and outdoors with the beanies and is the happiest boy on earth now. :-)

You can vary it in lengh by knitting the stripes longer or shorter…
The beanie is one size and will fit head circumreference 57 - 60 cm.
The boy has a head circumreference of 58 cm.
But it even fit me and I have a relatively small head as the ribbing keeps the beanie from slipping over your eyes.
Gauge is not that important. So I left it blank.
I testknitted both versions.
Took me three evenings to knit the bulky one.

As my work collegue and the boy were so happy about this special christmas beanie you can buy nowhere, I’d like to give this pattern also free to you as an early christmas present.
So you also have the time to still make someone happy with it as christmas present.

You can choose between the two versions: indoor (or summer Jamaica beanie) in 4-ply sock yarn
or bulky warm outdoor beanie in Lana Grossa Bingo or similar yarn weight.

Both versions have the lovely swirl-like decrease at the top that you can see in the last picture.

Enjoy and happy knitting!