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Free Pattern: Ringwood Beanie

It’s Autumn, which means it’s time to pull out all the handknits. Don’t all knitters look forward to this time of year? Out of all my accessories the red beanie I made at the start of this year has become a real favourite. I’m such a sucker for that Ringwood stitch for accessories. It looks so cosy and it’s perfectly unisex to boot. The hat itself turned out to be a great little project that I’ve actually made for others as well. That’s how I know it only takes a dedicated last-minute weekend to whip this up! (The secret to quick knitting is thick wool).

frontFrankly I think it’s a pattern that’s begging to be set free upon the internet. So I shall, because I love you all and I don’t want your heads to get cold.


Needles: 40 cm circular needles in needle sizes 5mm and 5.5mm
(if you only have longer ones, just pull the excess cable out in a loop)

Yarn: 130 yards/ 120 m of ‘Bulky’ weight merino wool (I used 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky)

Size: To fit average adult head with 20-24” circumference (Hat is very stretchy).

Gauge in Ringwood stitch pattern: 15 sts/ 20 rws over 4”.

Ravelry Page is here



On smaller needles, CO 80, place marker to mark beg of round and join without twisting to start knitting in the round.

[k1, p1] to end of round for 10 rnds, or until brim measures 1.5”.

Ringwood pattern

Change to larger needles.

K 2 rnds, then on 3rd rnd, [k1,p1] to end. Rep these 3 rnds until you have worked 4.5” in Ringwood stitch.


(Work Ringwood pattern as established the whole time.)

Rnd 1 (dec rnd): [work 8 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: [work 8 sts in pattern, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: [work 7 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: [work 7 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: [work 6 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 6: [work 6 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: [work 5 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: [work 5 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: [work 4 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 10: [work 4 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: [work 3 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 12: [work 3 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 13: [work 2 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 14: [work 2 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 15: [work 1 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 16: [work 1 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

16 sts remain.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. With a tapestry needle, draw the tail through all remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in all loose ends.

Block gently by washing hat in lukewarm water, squeezing out the excess and leaving it to dry flat.

Flip up the brim and you’re done!


(bonus serious face)



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Free Pattern: Houndstooth Handwarmers

Hello 2012! Let’s start you off right: With a free knitting pattern!

These are some lovely little fingerless mitts I am very pleased with. They’re knitted in DK yarn which makes them both warm and super-quick to make. The yarn is Sirdar Balmoral (which is selling for a song over at Black Sheep Wools) but really, any lovely woolly DK yarn will do.

Houndstooth Handwarmers

The handwarmers have a proper thumb gusset so as to keep the pattern going over the entire main body. I’m also pleased with the resulting little faux-seam that forms where the increases are made. Plus, though it may not be immediately obvious, the handwarmers are mirror images of each other! As a maths nerd, I pretty much insist on symmetry and pattern continuity. Does anyone else feel the same? Do off-kilter number sequences make you feel a bit uncomfortable? Like some natural order has been put out of balance? No? Well then you may be less of a nerd that me (highly probable).

Houndstooth Handwarmers Thumbs

I’ve also used some fancy cast-on/offs here. Regular readers might have started to suspect that the tubular ribbing cast-on/offs are my favourite methods for finishing ribbing. They absolutely are! Of course it’s not essential to the pattern that you use them too, but if you fancy levelling up your knitting there are some excellent tutorials here and here.

As a bit of an experiment with pattern distribution, you can download the .pdf pattern for these handwarmers from two places:

This blog –


Or if you’re a Raveller, try this link:


Houndstooth Handwarmers Pattern Information:

Size: To fit an average women’s size hand (7.5” around the knuckles).

Needles: One set of 4mm dpns

Yarn: 135yds in main colour, 70yds in contrasting colour.

Gauge: 28st/29 rws to 4in (10cm) in Houndstooth pattern.

Also Required: 2 stitch markers, stitch holder/ waste yarn.

Happy knitting!


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