Best Check is a modern beanie with a classic checkerboard motif. Best Check can be knit slouchy or fitted. The minimal icord edge brim gives this beanie a contemporary and artistic look. Use #BestCheckBeanie and tag me on Instagram @JamesNWatts
The recommended yarn for this pattern is Harrisville Shetland. I like Shetland for its excellent range of colors, and its woolen construction gives it a lovely rustic texture perfect for colorwork. You will need two colors. My sample was knit in White for Color A and Black for Color B.
If not using Harrisville, choose another wool fingering weight woolen spun non superwash yarn. Choosing a yarn that is fuzzy and grippy, and not too soft or drapey is ideal for creating smooth stranded colorwork fabric.
Baby(Toddler, Child/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
To fit head circumference of:
15-16.75(16.75-19, 19-21, 21-23, 23-25.25)”
38-42.5(42.5-48.5, 48.5-53.5, 53.5-58.5, 58.5-64) cm
Yardage totals are provided below. You will need half of the total in each color to have enough yarn.
To knit the fitted version you will need:
98(138, 184, 203, 258) total yards
90(126, 168, 186, 236) total meters
To knit the Slouchy version you will need:
123(166, 215, 270, 295) total yards
112(152, 197, 247, 270) total meters
19st x 28 rows = 4”x4” in checkerboard pattern knit in the round
NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
• US 5 (3.75mm) 16-inch circular needles or whichever size you need to get gauge
• US 5 (3.75mm) Double Pointed Needles if magic loop is not your preferred method
• Stitch marker for beginning of round
• Darning needle to weave in ends