Zando by Enikö Balogh


April 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
130 - 195 yards (119 - 178 m)
Child (Adult): 17¼ (20)" [44 (51) cm] circumference (unstretched); 7¼ (7¾)" [18.5 (19.5) cm] length
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A hat full of hugs and kisses! Zando’s jaunty colorwork X’s and O’s send a sweet message to warm hearts and heads alike. Knit up a bushel of pert beanies or cozy watchcaps to fit loved ones large and small — go bold with Arbor’s brilliant colors of springy Targhee wool, or whisper sweet nothings in Dapple’s tonal shades of soft Merino wool and airy organic cotton.

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Please note: the stitch patterns used for this accessory are charted only.


  • Hat is worked circularly from brim to crown.
  • Two versions are included: a beanie and a watchcap with a folded brim.
  • Both versions are written for two sizes, child and adult.

Finished Dimensions


  • 17¼ (20)“ [44 (51) cm] circumference (unstretched); 7¼ (7¾)” [18.5 (19.5) cm] length
  • Beanie and Watchcap have the same length when the Watchcap brim is folded.
  • Note: Hat is sized to fit child (adult) head sizes ranging from 18-20 (20-24)“ [45.5-51 (51-61) cm] circumference.


Brooklyn Tweed Arbor — 100% American Targhee Wool (145 yards/132 meters per 50 grams)


Brooklyn Tweed Dapple — 60% Merino Wool, 40% Organic Cotton (165 yards/151 meters per 50 grams)

  • 1 skein of Main Color (MC); 1 skein of Color 1 (C1)
  • Adult Beanie photographed in Arbor, colors Dorado (MC) and Mesa (C1)
  • Adult Watchcap photographed in Dapple, colors Blaze (MC) and Currant (C1)
  • Note: The adult watchcap uses exactly 1 skein of MC. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein due to variations in individual work.


Beanie Version

  • 90 (115) yards [82 (105) meters] MC; 40 (50) yards [37 (46) meters] of C1 of DK weight wool yarn

Watchcap Version

  • 120 (145) yards 110 (133) meters MC; 40 (50) yards 37 (46) meters C1 of DK weight wool yarn


  • 21 stitches & 28 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stranded stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle, and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3.5 mm (US 4)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.25 mm (US 3)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

Video — Color Dominance 101
Video — Rib Cabled Cast On
Reading Charts
Stranded Colorwork 101
Blocking 101
Knitwear Care

Skill Level
2 out of 5: Adventurous Beginner