Monday, March 26, 2012

Coffee and Cream Beanie

I had a lot of fun working up the pattern for this little coffee-themed beanie.

One, 100g ball of white yarn is divided into three smaller balls, two of which are dyed with coffee. One ball gets a quick dye in weaker coffee to produce a pale brown, while the other is dyed more slowly in stronger coffee to produce a darker brown shade.

The colorwork pattern is inspired by the swirling shapes made by cream as it is added to a hot cup of fragrant coffee. The white crown of the hat represents the cream; the light and dark brown swirls are the coffee as it mixes with the cream; and the white ribbing at the bottom of the hat represents the thick-walled white ceramic mug holding the coffee.

This hat is knit from the bottom up and worked in the round.


Teen or Small Adult (Medium Adult, Large Adult)

To Fit Head Circumference: 20 (22, 24)"/51 (56, 61) cm

Finished Hat Circumference:19 (21, 23)"/48 (53, 58.5) cm

Finished Length: 8 (8.5, 9)"/20 (21.5, 23) cm


1(1, 1) ball Patons Classic Wool, 100% wool (210 yds/192 m) per 100g/3.5 oz ball) in color 00202 Aran. Divide into three balls: one dyed light brown, one dyed dark brown, and one left undyed. Dyeing instructions are provided at the end of the pattern.

Note: if you don't wish to dye your own yarn, you can use Patons Classic Wool in the following amounts and colors:25 (27, 30) g of 00202 "Aran" (white)20 (22, 24) g of 77514 "Sesame" (light brown)10 (11, 12) g of 00227 "Taupe" (dark brown)

US Size 7/4.5 mm dpns

US Size 6/4.0mm dpns

Darning Needle

Stitch marker

Mild laundry soap

Materials and Equipment For Yarn Dyeing:

12 tablespoons instant coffee, divided

2 teaspoons alum (available at large grocery stores or bulk food stores)

1 teaspoon cream of tartar (available at large grocery stores or bulk food stores)

Large pot

Microwave and large microwave-safe dish (optional)

Measuring spoons and cup

Large stir spoon

Waste yarn - use smooth, non-felting, pale yarn (white acrylic is ideal)


This pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for $5.00 CAD!