I've been wanting to make a beanie on my knitting machine for a long time. That's what my daughter wants. "Nothing fancy just a beanie." I wanted to make a beanie with a fitted crown. Not the typical gathered tops I have done. They just don't look like beanies. This is based on a hand knit pattern in the round. I knew I couldn't do it in the round on the machine just yet, but I knew I could do it flat. That's OK one of my strengths is the mattress stitch. One can hardly tell there is a seam from the outside when I do it.
I looked up how to do 2X2 ribbing in my manual. I read the written pattern for the hand knit version to figure out when to do decreases. What I really liked about this hat was the spiral chains on the crown created by the decreases.
With my plan written on the back of a recycled envelop I dove in. I am very pleased with how it turned out even though there were problems. I also forgot to so some plain knitting rows, but it still fits quite nice.
**Written pattern for the machine (knitted circularly) can be found here. If you want it on the mainbed only click the link above to the hand knitted pattern.**
5 hours ago