as sweet as honey

the beehive hat

I must be countering the sweltering weather by thinking cold thoughts and knitting winter wear because a few wool hats have been flying off my needles lately.

I call this my honey beehive hat. And I actually put it on outside for a few minutes in the heat wave for some photos in my backyard. Crazy, huh?

I came up with this pattern on the fly, using a repeated welt pattern I’ve seen as cowl instead. Here’s the pattern I used in case you want to make one, too!

CO 88 stitches (using 5.0mm circular needles)
Knit 4” in 2×2 rib
Change to 5.5mm cicular needles
K4 rounds, p5 rounds (repeated this 5x)

r1: K1, K2tog, repeat until end
r2: knit all rounds
r3: k1, k2tog, repeat until end
r4: knit all rounds
r5: k2tog, repeat until end
r6: k2tog, repeat until end
cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.
weave ends in.

Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky [edited: 2 skeins, 296 yards]
This is a wool-acrylic blend, bulky weight yarn, so it’s machine washable!

Guage: 15.0 sts = 4 inches on 5.5mm needles

My notes on Ravelry are here. Happy knitting, friends!


52 thoughts on “as sweet as honey

  1. I’m breaking out in a sweat looking at you in that hat! You did a wonderful job — and you’re so brave working with wool in this heat.

  2. What a great hat Pattern! Thanks for sharing it! I know what you mean too about churning out the hats, etc during summer and hoping for the cooler weather so we can wear out wonderful knits.
    Kniftyknittingmom (on Rav)

  3. this hat looks intricate, but the pattern seems really simple. thank you so much for sharing this; i am going to make one for sure (especially now that it’s getting to be that time of year again where there isn’t as much chance of passing out in a heat stroke as there was when you braved wearing it outdoors )

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      • Hi Allie, if you’re using the same yarn I used, you need 2 skeins of Patons Chunky (or 296 yards). Hope that helps! good luck! post a reply if you make it.

      • I’ve made two using Shetland CHunky, and they each took just under a 100gr skein, although I did a shorter brim, I also added another repeat of the pattern (and decreased a bit differently). According to Ravelry, the 100gr ball is 148yds. Since there’s no gauge given, I don’t know if I knit it tighter or looser, but anyway, I loved that I did it with just one ball. I made 5 (3 in other yarns) in about two weeks LOL!!! And I’ll be making more!

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  9. I loooove this hat. I’m on my 2nd already. The first was made using Shetland Chunky in Harvest Variegated (You can see it here)

    I’m kind of new to knitting though and want to try it with Bernat Mosaic yarn also, but I can’t figure out what I might need to change since this yarn has a gauge of 18 and the Shetland Chunky has a gauge of 15. More stitches, different needles?

    It’s also SO easy to make and it looks amazing on either gender. I keep staring at my son who’s wearing it because I just can’t get enough of looking at it!!

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  13. Hey there,
    I absolutely love this beanie and am making my fourth at the moment, sitting here in Sydney midwinter! Do you mind if i sell some or would you prefer that i find another pattern – everyone loves them!

  14. HI! Thanks for posting this great pattern! I found it through Ravelry and it was just what I was looking for! Just one question… If I wanted to make it a little less snug around the head, do you think I could block it somehow? I’ve never actually blocked any of my projects, but I’ve been reading up on it. Would it even be possible to do on something tubular like this, I wonder? Thanks in advance! Cheers! :o)

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    • Angela- did you ever make the cowl? I want to make one, or a scarf, in this same pattern for my friend. I made her the hat already. Thanks!

  16. I absolutely love your blog.. Very nice colors
    & theme. Did you make this amazing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own personal website and would like to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Cheers!

  17. I found your pattern on Ravelry and just completed my hat! It took about 8 hours and I am very happy with the results. Great design, thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love this pattern! I have a quick question though:

    I’m trying to make this for two girls, ages 3 and 4. How do I size this down? Shouldn’t be too difficult since there’s not really a set pattern within each row, but I want to make sure I don’t mess it up. For one, since I’m on vacation and only have size 10 straight needles and a size 8 circular, I was going to make the hat on smaller needles with a worsted weight yarn. Thoughts?

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  22. Si j’ai bien compris , vous commencez les diminutions après le bord , un rang sur deux ? jusqu’à la longueur du slouchy que l’on désire ?
    Merci de votre réponse , car ce bonnet est super chouette !!!!!!!!
    Lina .

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