Best Beanie by James N Watts

Best Beanie

May 2020
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 Ribbing in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
250 - 280 yards (229 - 256 m)
One Size
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Best Beanie is a squishy, short 2x2 ribbed beanie meant to be worn straight on top of the head with a folded brim sitting above the ears. This is a stylish and modern beanie; one that a kewl sk8r boi might wear 2 the mall. This is a great beginner pattern and a quick knit.

Due to the negative ease in this pattern and the stretchy nature of ribbing, Best Beanie will fit both children and adults. The finished circumference of Best Beanie after blocking is 17” with a maximum stretch of about 28” The depth is easily adaptable, knit shorter or longer as needed. The shallow depth called for in the pattern works well if you wear the beanie on the top of the head as intended, rather than on the back of the head.

Fingering weight held double
or DK weight held single
or worsted weight held single

I like using fingering weight wool held double because I have lots of single skeins of fingering weight yarn in my stash, and because it creates a lovely texture. DK or worsted held single work splendidly as well, just get gauge.

250-280 total yards of fingering weight yarn—held
double. (two 125-140 yard strands of fingering
weight yarn)

If using DK or worsted weight yarn held single you will need 125-140 yards.


  • US 6(4mm) 16-inch circular knitting needle—or size needed to get gauge
  • US 6(4mm) DPNs if you prefer DPNs to magic loop
  • 4 stitch markers—one of which should look different to mark the beginning of round
  • Darning needle