What better way of supporting your favourite local footy team than wearing their colours? This fun FREE knitting pattern is a great at-home activity and the beanie is perfect for kids, with or without the pom-pom. Go the red and blacks!
First featured in northsider magazine Autumn 2019
SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
• 1 ball Acrylic Knitting yarn 100gms Colour Black 8 Ply
• 1 ball Acrylic Knitting yarn 100gms Colour Red 8 Ply
• Size 5mm knitting needles
• Size 6mm knitting needles
16 sts and 20 rows = 10cm square with larger needles in stocking st.
With size 5mm needles cast on 78 sts. in Black 8ply Yarn 1st Row: (RS) K1 *K2.P2. Rep from * to last st. K1. 2nd Row: P1.*K2. P2. Rep from * to last st. P1. Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2.) ribbing until worked 12 rows ending on a 2nd Row. (approx. 5cm)
Change to larger 6mm needles and using Red 8Ply Yarn. Proceed in stocking st for 4rows.
Change to Black Yarn and knit in stocking st for 4rows.
Continue alternating colours each 4 rows until 24rows altogether or 6 stripes from ribbing
(approx.16cm) ending with a purl row.
Continue with alt. colours in 4 row pattern while shaping.
1st Row: (RS) K1. *K2tog. K15.ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (70sts)
2nd and alt. rows Purl.
3rd Row: K1. *K2tog. K13. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (62sts)
5th Row: K1. *K2tog. K11. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (54sts)
7th Row: K1. *K2tog. K9. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (46sts)
9th Row: K1. *K2tog. K7. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (38sts)
11th Row: K1 *K2tog. K5. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (30sts)
13th Row: K1.*K2tog. K3. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1. (22sts)
15th Row: K1. *K2tog. K1. ssk. Rep from * to last st. K1.(14sts)
16th Row: Purl.
Break yarn leaving a long end. Thread end through rem 14sts. Draw up and fasten securely.
Sew back seam together matching stripes.
Make Pom Pom using traditional cardboard slit circle method and attach to top.
Pattern can be made bigger or smaller by adjusting needle size and by adding or reducing cast on stitches by 4sts either way. Add or reduce K.sts by 1 stitch either way in between (K2tog and ssk) in shaping rows. Main body of beanie can be adjusted longer or shorter.
alt = alternate(ing) approx = approximate(ly)
K2tog= Knit next 2 stitches together
RS = right side.
ssk= Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
Pattern: Michele Spillane Photos: Angela Joseph