One Step Ahead Beanie by Fiona Oliver

One Step Ahead Beanie

Knitting
November 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
103 yards (94 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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About this design
This beanie was inspired by some experimentation with a blue/aqua-toned Magic Ball and two interesting slipstitch patterns that I found in my stitch dictionaries. I really liked the way that the garter stitch sections accommodated the knots in my Magic Ball and also allowed the colour changes to really pop against the dark magenta contrasting colour that I had chosen. By the time I’d finished my first test knit I was getting really excited about colour possibilities so I started to play with variegated dyed yarns and solid colours and found that this pattern is incredibly versatile when it comes to pairing colours. I even did a three-colour version to use up some oddments of hand dyed yarn and totally fell in love with the end result.

This pattern has so much going for it—the two different slipstitch patterns are easy to memorise, it’s a great stash-buster project, you can experiment with colour and it is quick to knit. Plus there is the added bonus of creating a one-off Magic Ball that will make this beanie totally unique. I hope you fall in love with this pattern as much as I have.

This is a Magic Ball Friendly Pattern. My FREE 18-page Magic Ball Musings information sheet is included with your pattern and includes information on:

  • Yarn weight
  • Yarn composition
  • Yarn colour
  • Yarn lengths
  • Yarn joining options
  • Sourcing your yarns
  • Creating and using your magic ball

If you can’t be bothered making a magic ball, or you’ve got some multi-dyed yarn or bits and bobs of stash yarn, then this pattern will fit the bill for using up leftovers to make a bright, colourful and very warm winter accessory for yourself or someone you care about.

Please visit the capitalKNITS Ravelry store to check out my other Magic Ball Friendly Patterns.

Size
Small To fit head circumference of approximately 53.5 cm/21 ins. Finished circumference equals 48.5 cm/19 ins. Design includes approximately 5 cm/2 ins negative ease. Finished length from crown to ear is 19.5 cm/7 ¾ ins.

Medium To fit head circumference of approximately 56 cm/22 ins. Finished circumference equals 50 cm/20 ins. Design includes approximately 5 cm/2 ins negative ease. Finished length from crown to ear is 21 cm/8 ¼ ins.

Large To fit head circumference of approximately 58.5cm/23 ins. Finished circumference equals 53 cm/21 ins. Design includes approximately 5 cm/2 ins negative ease. Finished length from crown to ear is 23.5 cm/9 ¼ ins.

Tension
18 stitches x 40 rows in the Stairs Pattern knitted in the round on 4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) needles on a 10 cm (4 in) blocked swatch. A reasonable match for tension is important for this pattern to ensure a good fit. If your gauge is significantly different, move up or down a needle size and swatch one more time. Also, you may find that you use more or less yarn if your gauge is significantly different.

Yarn
Any double knit/8 ply yarn that knits to the tension gauge. Two contrasting colours are required, one of which (the contrast colour) could be a Magic Ball. 
Main Colour approx 94 m/103 yds (this is approximately a 50g ball of yarn)
Contrast Colour approx 94 m/103 yds (this is approximately a 50g ball of yarn)

Needles
4.00 mm (US size 6, UK size 8) double pointed needles or one 40 cm/6 ins circular needles or two 61 cm/24 ins circular needles or one 80 cm/32 ins or 100 cm/40 ins circular needle or a combination of these needles.

4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) double pointed needles or one 40 cm/16 in circular needles or two 60 cm/24 ins circular needles or one 80 cm/32 ins or 100 cm/40 ins circular needle or a combination of these needles.

Notions
Stitch Marker
Tapestry/darning needle

The Pattern
This pattern includes written and charted instructions as well as links to video tutorials for most of the techniques used in the design.

Questions?
Please send all questions to capitalKNITS@icloud.com.

ERRATUM - I accidentally inverted the colour instructions for the slipped stitches in the crown section of the beanie. The slipped stitches in the ladder section should be worked in main colour, not contrast colour. I have uploaded a corrected version on 14 November 2015 (Version 1.1). Please accept my apologies for this glitch.