Top-Down Fiesta Beanie

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Knitting, Project #117

Made for my friend Steven, whose favorites colors are bright orange and red. I saw this yarn and knew immediately it had to be made into something for him. The yarn is more hat weight than sock weight and knits up beautifully. I love the self-striping aspect and kept knitting just to see how the colors would change.

Fiesta beanie

Date completed: 1/1/2007

Yarn: 120 yards of worsted weight yarn
2 skeins Nashua Handknits “Wooly Stripes” (100% wool), 50 g/1.75 oz, 80 m/88 yds

Needles and Hook:
US Size 8 (5 mm) double-pointed needles (dpn)
US Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook for cast off

Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 rows = 1 inch

Top-down shaping based on information in two patterns:
1. The free “Karlchen” pattern from Silke at
2. Mossy Hat by Wendi Dunlap at

Finished size: 9″ long and 23.5″ around (Men’s XL)

Construction overview:
Knit from the top down.
Using the Figure 8 wrap, cast on 8 sts (2 per needle). Begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker at beginning of round.
Knit all odd rounds, and increase 8 stitches in all even rounds until desired size is reached: 104 sts, 26 per needle (about 23 inch circumference)
Knit even to 7″ length from crown (42 rounds completed).
K1/P1 rib for 2 inches (12 rounds).
Bind off loosely in K1/P1 using the crochet cast-off method. Cut yarn, leaving a tail, and weave in ends.