Sassafras Beanie

knitted beanie patterns

Well it’s Spring here in Australia now but we’re having some serious September rain today so I’ll be putting on my new beanie to help with a bad hair day.

Winter was definitely beanie season for us and I managed to knit “most” members of the family a hat/beanie. Like the Hannah hat I made recently this hat pattern is also by one of my favourite designers – Georgie of Tikki Knits and it’s called Sassafras. It’s supplied with instructions for the lace in both chart and written form which is great if you prefer knitting a particular way.

sassafras beanie

The Sassafras hat is a matching pattern for the Olinda kids cardigan (sizes approximately 0 to 12 years) which I haven’t made but have always admired it. After completing this beanie I think that knitting the lace pattern all over a cardigan is less intimidating as it was quite easy to memorise and a very enjoyable knit. The true beauty of these two patterns though is that they are reversible. This side with the lace panels raised is my total favourite and I love the paisley wooden button detail.

When reversing this hat to wear it you can just fold up the brim to give you a different look.


The top of the hat finishes with a beautiful cluster of stitches.

madelinetosh beanie pattern The yarn I used was some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK that was waiting in my stash for the perfect project. The turquoise is such a lovely colour that I’m knitting another project now with the leftover yarn as I had two skeins.

The plan to knit a lot from my stash is going well and I’ve even been selling a few left over skeins that I don’t think I’ll ever use again. There are some great groups on Facebook to help you do this too if you feel a bit overwhelmed and realise you have more yarn than you could actually knit up in your lifetime! In the spirit of the “konmari” method (from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) hold every ball of wool you own in your hands one at a time and ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”. Then if the answer is no let it go and hopefully it will find a home with someone that it does spark some joy with.

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