DIY: Red Slouchy Anthropologie Beanie +Giveaway!
There are few stores that hit the nail on the head for me like Anthropologie does. I would wear almost everything they sell. I would eat off of every dish and sniff every candle and sleep under every comforter at the same time. Actually… that sounds like a pretty great day.
Sadly for me, I am not a baller who can afford this kind of gangster lifestyle. So when I see things like this Eugenia Kim Maddox Pommed Beanie:
… I ogle it for a few minutes and then have a stern discussion with myself, listing all the reasons why I do not need a $215 beanie. There are many.
In this case, the design was something I thought I could pretty closely recreate myself, so I took a stab and I’m pretty happy with the result!
Spoiler alert: I’m giving it away to someone who subscribes or shares this post!
Here’s how I made it.
Size 10-1/2 circular or double-pointed needles
Size 13 circular or double-pointed needles
Extra set needles (circular or double-pointed) to pick up cast-on in any size 10-1/2 or smaller
1 skein (I only used ~half) Red Heart Chic Sheep Merino Wool from Hobby Lobby
I like the look of a thick, double cuff on a winter hat, so I tried a new design on this one. Instead of needing to fold it over on itself, I built the double layer cuff in using the provisional cast-on method. This allows you to cast on, knit for as long as you want, and then pull the cast-on row out to reveal raw stitches, which you can then stitch together. Confusing? I agree. Take a look at this link: Provisional Cast-On: a One-Step Method.
One tip I’ll throw in is that I like to always use a different color to cast on because somehow this just makes it easier for me to see what I’m doing.
If that sounds awful, look for the ‘tlo pro-tip’ in the pattern below. It tells you how to do a normal, ribbed cuff instead. If I make another one of these, that’s probably what I’ll do.
Using size 10-1/2 needles and the provisional method, cast on 48 stitches in the round.
Knit for ~3 inches (more for a bigger cuff or less for a smaller one, recognizing that you will fold it in half so you need to knit 2x the length you want for the cuff)
Remove cast-on row carefully, picking up resulting stitches on extra set of needles (size isn’t critical)
Fold cuff in half with wrong sides facing each other and line up needles holding top and bottom stitches. Knit around, picking up one stitch from each needle (48 stitches).
*tlo pro-tip*: you can simplify the hat by doing an easier cuff. Cast on 48 stitches with size 10-1/2 needles and rib for 3” (K1, P1 around). Then continue with pattern below.
Switch to larger (size 13) needles. Knit for 7 additional inches past the top of your cuff (48 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 6, K2tog (knit 2 together); repeat from * around (42 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 5, K2tog; repeat from * around (36 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 4, K2tog; repeat from * around (30 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 3, K2tog; repeat from * around (24 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 2, K2tog; repeat from * around (18 stitches)
Next row: *Knit 1, K2tog; repeat from * around (12 stitches)
Pull yarn through remaining 12 stitches to bind off. Leave 18” tail to attach pompon.
Using darning needle and yarn tail at top of hat, secure poof (or pompon if you choose to make your own) to hat. I made 4-5 passes through the poof with the needle to be certain it won’t pull off should it be tugged by… I don’t know… toddler hands.
Hide and trim yarn tails
Admire your adorable creation
Time: The hat probably took me 2-3 hours to knit. It took another 2 hours to figure out how to get a decent picture at the same angle as the Anthro model in decent lighting, much to Noah’s delight.
Cost: The yarn cost $7 (30% off week at HobLob, holler!) and the pom cost ~$2 (using 40% coupon). Using basic math skills, this is what we’ll call ‘markedly’ cheaper than purchasing from Anthropologie ($215. Plus tax. Plus shipping.).