Saturday, September 7, 2013

DIY: Cable pom-pom beanie

"If you paint, write, do mosaics, knit - if it's solving that part of your brain saying, 'I need to do this,' you've won."

-Albert Brooks 
Some of you may have noticed my DIY obsession this winter; the pom-pom beanie. It arose out of being inspired 
(mostly by Zoella and Perrie Edwards) and figuring out that I wanted a cabled pom-pom beanie for winter. I can
 get super fusy  when I've got a certain image in my head (instead of the usual impulse purchases) and I 
couldn't find in a store exactly what I wanted. Luckily I had book marked a cable beanie pattern so tried it out,
 creating the first beanie (#5 posted about previously here and here). But then Mum and Ellen spotted them, and
 asked if I could make them one (since I was just sitting on the couch watching too much TV and tumblring in the
 Uni holidays). Luckily the local wool store was having a sale so I picked up some more wool and knitted away.

Earlier this week I was thinking about how after making this collection of beanies it would be just my luck that it
 would be totally out of fashion for next winter. So I was super excited when checking out the the Twenty-Seven 
Names winter 2014 photos on foureyes from NZfashion week to see there was a beanie like this on one of the models! 
Which would indicate that they'll still be in fashion next winter, phew! So whether you're a reader from the northern
 hemisphere and planning for the coming winter, or a really organised fellow southern hemisphere dweller, 
it's time to get knitting!

 
1. Tara's burgundy beanie -  pattern #2
2. Tara's pumpkin beanie - pattern #2
3. Mum's bone beanie - pattern #1
4. Ellen's dove grey beanie - pattern #2
5. Tara's dark grey beanie - pattern #1

pattern #1 was the beanie pattern from I Should Have Bred Iguanas (which was pretty easy once you get your head around cabling) 
then I just did a basic pompom like here.

pattern #2 was after I decided I wanted more cables instead of ribbing in between, so adapted pattern #1 and made
 my own pattern for the main section after the ribbing band:
For the first round I used the pattern P1, K1, P1, K6 and repeated that all the way around (8 times per circuit).
Then for round 3: P1, K1, P1, slip off 3 stitches, K3, knit the 3 stitches from the cable back on the circular needle
 (and repeat for the whole round)
When It came to decreasing (at the point the beanie is as long as you want) I did: 
1. P1, K1, P1, K2together, K2, K2together
(repeated for the whole round/8x)
2. P1, K1, P1, K4 (repeat 8x)
3. P1, K1, P1, K2together, K2together (repeat 8x)
4. P1, K1, P1, K2 (repeat 8x)
5. K2together until only 10 stitches left
Finally make a pompom, attach it, and you've got a stylin' beanie in the colour of you choice!

I used a couple of different weights of wool, but to give you an idea of how much you'll need I used about 
92m of 14ply wool and 70m using 10ply wool on 40cm long 7mm circular needles (any longer and they're hard to use,
 I learnt the hard way!). 


Hopefully this makes sense, if you have any questions just leave them below in the comments!



more outfits with these beanies here: x & x

P.S. Youtube is a great source if you're new to knitting (or just a bit rusty like I was), these were a couple I found helpful for
casting on, purl stitchcabling
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17 comments:

  1. Haha, can you send me one?? They turned out amazing! Just the kind of hats I love to wear for winter :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  2. i'm clueless about knitting, but i think they turned out awesome! send me one, too, haha! #4!

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  3. amazing DIY and you guys look pretty :)

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  4. lovely hats!!!
    kisses

    http://lestyledelapetiteblonde.blogspot.com.es/

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  5. oh you guys are so cool! Loving the pink and red lipsticks

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  6. Those are such cute beanies! Love the burgundy ones the most! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  7. The beanie is so cute (: you're so talented oh gosh! x

    http://birdiethgirl.blogspot.com

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  8. nice beanie DIY
    folowing u on gfc and bloglovin
    hope u folow back
    http://vanduchoudhary.blogspot.in/

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  9. Good job! Love it!

    http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/2013/09/pareo.html
    https://www.facebook.com/QueenHorsfall

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  10. I doubt I'll be able to make any of those hats, I'm more crochet than knitting (and my latest obsession is afghans...) but they look great, and you two look absolutely adorable in the photo!
    Love,
    S

    www.sonushka.com

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  11. These beanies are SOOO CUTE! I would totally buy them if you were selling them ;)

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  12. So cool, awesome. Check out our blog, if you like we can follow each other on gfc,bloglovin and other social platforms. Let us know. Kisses from KENYA

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  13. Love these cozy cute beanies, you are so gifted when it comes to knitting!

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  14. Such a cute idea! I would love to try this! Saving this for later!

    Arra
    Style Reader

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  15. Would you actually be willing to sell one? They are super cute but I'm terrible at knitting! <3

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xoxo

Ellen and Tara

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