Melete beanie by Sari Nordlund

Melete beanie

Knitting
October 2023
yarn held together
Fingering
+ Lace
= DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
394 - 437 yards (360 - 400 m)
Suitable for head circumference of 55 (57, 59) cm / 21.5 (22.5, 23.25) inches
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Melete was the muse of practice, thought and meditation. Melete means “to ponder” and “contemplation.”

The Melete beanie is a warm and cozy hat with two layers. The hat is started with a provisional cast on. The ribbing is worked with twisted stitches to give it a beautiful stitch definition. The rest of the hat is worked in Stockinette stitch and decreases towards the top. The inner layer of the hat is worked similarly to the outer layer. Lastly, the inner layer is folded inside the outer layer for double thickness.

You can either work the hat in just one color, or work the inner layer in a contrasting color. That way you can wear the hat with either side on top.

Sizes
1 (2, 3)
Suitable for head circumference of 55 (57, 59) cm / 21.5 (22.5, 23.25) inches

Yarn

Note: The hat uses a strand of fingering weight yarn held together with a strand of lace weight yarn, but they can be substituted for a single strand of DK weight yarn. If you wish to work a DK weight version, omit all the instructions where it says “hold the yarns together” and follow only the yarn amount requirements for the fingering weight yarn.

Unicolor version:
360 (370, 400) m / 370 (400, 430) yards of fingering weight yarn and 360 (370, 400) m / 370 (400, 430) yards of lace weight yarn.

Sample: 2 balls of Knitting For Olive Merino (100 % merino; 250 m / 273 yards per 50 g), shown in colorway Slate Gray, and 2 balls of Knitting For Olive Soft Silk Mohair (70 % mohair, 30% silk; 225 m / 246 yards per 25 g), shown in colorway Slate Gray.

Two color version:
MC: 220 (230, 240) m / 230 (240, 250) yards of fingering weight yarn and 140 (150, 160) m / 150 (160, 180) yards of lace weight yarn.

CC: 120 (140, 160) m / 140 (160, 180) yards of fingering weight yarn and 120 (140, 160) m / 140 (160, 180) yards of lace weight yarn.

Sample:
MC: 2 balls of Sandnes Garn Alpakka Silke (70 % alpaca wool, 30% silk; 200 m / 219 yards per 50 g), shown in colorway 3821 Kardemomme, and 1 ball of Gepard Kid Seta (70 % kid mohair, 30% silk; 210 m / 230 yards per 25 g), shown in colorway 103 Ivory beige.

CC: 1 ball of Sandnes Garn Alpakka Silke (70 % alpaca wool, 30% silk; 200 m / 219 yards per 50 g), shown in colorway 2511 Almond, and 1 ball of Gepard Kid Seta (70 % kid mohair, 30% silk; 210 m / 230 yards per 25 g), shown in colorway 406 Cream.

Needles
3 mm / US 2.5 circular needle with a cable length of 40 cm / 16 inches
3 mm / US 2.5 double pointed needles or a circular needle with a cable suitable for small circumference knitting
Note: Always use the needle size that gives you the right gauge!

Gauge
24 sts and 32 rounds = 10 cm / 4 inches of Stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking

Notions
4 stitch markers
waste yarn
tapestry needle