This pattern is featured in the book Knit a Little by Marie Greene.
Every beekeeper needs a beanie, that’s what I always say. (If I’ve never said it, I’m saying it now.) The Bitty Beekeeper sweater needed a buddy, and this quick knit is a great way to practice the little bees before you make a full sweater commitment. You’ll love the way they stand out against the backdrop of reverse stockinette stitch. Worked top-down from the crown to the ribbing, this project moves quickly and can be finished in a single weekend if you have ample knitting time. The fit is slightly slouchy, so if you prefer a closer style you can easily omit a repeat of the bees.
For the baby/child sweater, see Bitty Beekeeper Sweater here.
For the grown-up sweater, see Beekeeper Cardigan here.
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner
SIZES: Baby (Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult Sm, Adult Lg) referred to as sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) throughout pattern
YARN: DK weight | Sew Happy Jane Delightful DK | 100% superwash merino | 231 yards/211 meters in 100 g | 180 (190, 200, 210, 210) yards/165 (174, 183, 192, 192) meters
Note: Yardage is an estimate and may vary based on your gauge (especially row gauge) and yarn choice. If in doubt, please round up.
- US Size 5/3.75mm (12-16 in/30-40 cm) circular needle – body of hat
- US Size 5/3.75mm DPNs – to close crown
- US Size 4/3.5mm (12-16 in/30-40 cm) circular needle – ribbing
Note: Adjust your needle size, if necessary, to obtain correct gauge.
GAUGE: 21 st and 30 rows in 4 in/10 cm in reverse stockinette stitch with largest needle, blocked
- Darning needle
- Stitch marker
- Blocking pins, blocking mat
- Head circumference: 15.2 (16.75, 18.25, 21.25, 22.75) in/ 38 (42, 45.5, 53, 57) cm
- Brim to crown: 7 (8, 9.5, 10.25, 11) in/ 17.5 (20, 23.75, 25.75, 27.5) cm