People love Dr Seuss. LOVE HIM. Especially, in my experience, people with twins.
The naughty duo, Thing 1 and Thing 2, starred mischievously in the Cat and the Hat and caused a lot of trouble. The cute characters make for adorably matching beanies – and not just for babies either.
Since there aren’t any Dr Seuss knitting patterns out there (that I could find – only crochet patterns) I decided to design my own in a chunky wool for a quick knit. I love the colour combo and the biiiiiiiiiiig pom-poms at the end.
So here is my pattern, loosely adapted from this Shrek beanie pattern. The Shrek pattern is great, but makes really enormous beanies so I’ve made some sizing changes for normal, adult woman sized heads. I didn’t write down my adaption of the baby beanies, but I’d take a pattern like this and follow the guidelines I’m setting out below if I wanted to do it again.
I used a combination of ELLE gold and ELLE family knit to get the right colours, and was worried you’d feel the difference in the finished product – but you really don’t. ELLE gold feels divine and is great for babies especially, as it is machine washable.
Best of all, these are a very quick, satisfying knit! The below instructions have enough yarn to make two beanies in opposite colours.
YOU WILL NEED
- 2 x ELLE Pure Gold chunky in Lily (033)
- 1 x ELLE Pure Gold chunky in Azzure (059)
- 1 x ELLE Family Knit chunky in Cherry Red (169)
- 6mm DPNs or circular needles (you will have to switch to DPNs when the knitting gets too tight)
Skill rating: medium
15sts and 19 rows = 10cm using 6mm nds in stockinette stitch with ELLE Pure Gold Chunky
c/on (off) – cast on (off), nd(s) – needle(s), k – knit, p – purl, k2tog – knit two stitches together, st(s) – stitch(es), dpn – double pointed needles
Using ELLE Family Knit in Cherry Red and 6mm nds, c/on 60 sts using the thumb method or longtail cast on (this gives the beanie brim stretchiness and also makes a neat border). Being careful not to twist sts, divide the sts evenly over three nds (20 on each nd) and join in the round.
Brim: k 3.8cm in 2 x 2 rib in Cherry Red.
Body: Cut yarn and join ELLE Pure Gold chunky in Lily. K 4 rows in Lily, then change colours and k 2 rows in Azzure. Repeat this colour pattern (4 white rows, 2 colour rows) until you have 15.8cm, measured from the c/on.
Begin decreases (continue in the colour repeat as you do this):
Row 1: *k4, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of round.
Row 2 (and all even rows): k
Row 3: *k3, k2tog
Row 5: *k2, k2tog
Row 7: *k1, k2tog
Row 8 – 11: k
Row 12: k1, k2tog
Row 13: k
Row 14: k2tog until last st. Using this last st, k2tog with first st on first row of left hand nd, move this st over to right hand nd so there are 4sts left on the left hand nd, and 3sts on the other two nds. There should be 10sts in total. The nd with 4sts is your final nd before beginning a new row (I find this easier than using a stitch marker, which can slip off while knitting such short rows).
Continue the colour pattern with these 10sts to create the long ‘tail’ of the beanie. I did 17 repeats of the colour pattern (I counted 17 coloured stripes from the beginning of the tail).
Remember to tuck in the yarn tails as you go, and knot the end of the colour stripes together before tucking in to keep the rows tight and to prevent unravelling as you go. This tail will get tight and fat as it fills with all the yarn ends, so try to straighten them out as you go by pulling them out from the tail into the main body of the beanie.
After your last colour stripe (your 17th colour stripe) continue in Lily only:
k 2 rows
k2tog all round
k 2 rows
k2tog all round
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail, and using a yarn needle, gather the remaining sts on a needle, and pull into the ‘tail’.
Weave in ends, and trim what you safely can from the tail.
For the second beanie, use Azzure instead of Cherry Red and Cherry Red instead of Azzure.
Make a giant pom-pom in the same colour as the brim and sew in.
For the other beanie, do the opposite! Brim in blue, colour stripes in red, pom-pom in blue. Easy kapeesy!