This winter, I’ve been all about thick, cozy beanies, and getting comfortable with a good book at the end of each day. To me, that’s the perfect way to spend cold nights. And living in Chicago means you’re going to have a lot of them. The weather here is always throwing us for a loop, with sunshine and warmth one day, then freezing winds and heavy snowfalls the next. I hate being cold, but I do love the chance it gives me to make and wear beanies. Today, I’m sharing with you the Ranger Beanie knitting pattern.
The Ranger beanie is super thick with a dense stitch pattern and bulky yarn that keeps all the warmth in. It’s made using large needles so it works up fairly quickly. Because of the stitch pattern used in this beanie knitting pattern, you do have to go up a few needles sizes than you normally would in order to get the stretch and slouchy feel that you want.
I love the way the stitches make little arrows all around beanie and how the slight shine in the grey yarn catches the light. It makes me think of the fletching at the end of an arrow, and so I named this the Ranger Beanie. The maroon and grey yarn so well together here, and they make the beanie feel a little more elegant. I actually had the idea for this a year ago but I just couldn’t get it quite right until now. I made some adjustments and now I LOVE the way it turned out.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- #13 (9.00mm) circular knitting needles and a 16-inch cable/ same size DPNs (I use Knit Picks Options)
- #15 (10.00mm) circular knitting needles
- 2 skeins of #6 super bulky yarn – I used Lion Brand Hometown USA* in Norfolk Merlot and Dallas Grey
- Jumbo tapestry needle*
- Stitch marker
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- k – knit stitch
- p – purl stitch
- KFB – knit through the front and back
- k2tog – knit 2 together
- TBL – through back loops
- Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
- Sizing: women’s medium (22-inch circumference)
- Gauge: 4 stitches/inch x 3 rows/inch
Ranger Beanie Knitting Pattern
Round 1: With the brim color (Norfolk Merlot), cast on 46 stitches using the knitted cast on method. Join to work in the round and place a stitch marker to mark the beginning.
Rounds 2-9: *Knit 1, purl 1*. Repeat from * around the beanie to make the cuff.
Switch to the #15 needles (10.00mm) and the gray yarn for the body of the beanie.
Round 10: Knit around for one round (46).
Round 11: *K4, KFB*. Repeat until the last 5 stitches. K5. You should have 60 stitches now.
The next two rows make up the Herringbone Stitch Pattern.
Round 12: *K2tog, and slip just the first stitch off the needle.* Repeat this until you have only 1 stitch left in the round. Then slip the last stitch onto the right-hand needle, remove the stitch marker, and slip the stitch back onto the left needle. K2tog, and slip just the first stitch off the needle. Place marker. Take the next stitch (the one you left) off the needle and turn it so it faces the other way.
Round 13: *K2tog through the back loops, and slip just the first stitch off the needle.* Repeat this until you have only 1 stitch left in the round. Then slip the last stitch onto the right-hand needle, remove the stitch marker, and slip the stitch back onto the left needle. K2tog TBL, and slip just the first stitch off the needle. Place marker. Take the next stitch (the one you left) off the needle and turn it so it faces the other way.
Rounds 14-26: Repeat rounds 12 & 13 for another 13 rounds.
You can make it slouchier by adding more rows here. Or less slouchy by working less.
Round 27: K2tog all the way around (30).
Round 28: K2together around (15). Cut the yarn with about 12 inches of tail and thread the tail end through a tapestry needle. Slip the tapestry needle through the remaining stitches and take them off the needles. Then pull the tail to close the top of the beanie and secure the yarn with a knot on the inside. Weave in any loose ends and trim the excess yarn.
To finish, use the same color yarn as the cuff of the beanie and make a large pompom using your favorite method. If you need help, then check out my tutorial on DIY pompoms using a pompom maker here. Then, attach the pompom to the top of the beanie with some worsted weight yarn in the same color and you’re done!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this beanie knitting pattern. I love making beanies and now that I know how to finally get the sizing right every time, I get to spend more time coming up with designs for you guys. If you want to know how to measure a beanie or hat for anyone and exactly what size to make it, grab your free copy of the Ultimate Guide to Sizing Hats! Just click the image below.
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