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Stashbusting for Commit To Knit (and how to adapt a pattern from DK to Aran)

This year as part of Commit to Knit we are asking people to make and donate hats for homelessness and refugee charities.

We have a number of free hat patterns on our website including our basic beanie pattern.


This simple pattern is easily customised: so you can use up your yarn stash by using stripes as shown here, or even add  a Fair Isle pattern. This one has four rows stripes after the rib.

With this hat, we went a step further because we had a bag of aran oddments. So we thought we would tell you what we did to adapt the original DK pattern.

The original DK pattern started with 102 sts which was increased to 122 after the rib and the tension was 22 stitches to 10cm.

Using 5mm needles the aran tension was 18 stitches to 10cm. To work out the number of stitches to cast on we divided the 102 sts by 22 to get the hat circumference at the start, and then multiplied the result by 18 to come up with an estimate for the aran stitches.

That gave us 83 but because the rib needs the cast on to be a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2, we cast on 82 sts.

This meant that after the rib, using the same increase instructions as the original pattern, there were 98 sts (which is also what you get if you use the calculation above on 122 stitches).

Then we followed the instructions until the crown decreases. At that point we skipped to row 5 of the shaping because uses 98 sts. Then we followed the pattern to the end

We would love to see your customised beanies.


You can drop hats off for Commit to Knit at Yarndale, and at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate. Or you can post them to Hats for the Homeless, UK Hand Knitting c/o Bluebear, 60 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JU.


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