Friday, April 16, 2010

Lil' Bean Pilot

The Midi Bean pictured here is "inside out." Since less than one skein was needed, there were few ends to weave in, thus it can be worn either way.

Here's the Midi Bean. (Ravelry link) - I have been knitting these for over two years now - inspired by the Sweet Baby Cap & some other pilot-style patterns. I just recently arrived at the "perfect" fit (at least for now). There are no seams. I find seams on baby items a nuisance to be quite frank & I imagine them as uncomfy for the lil' one. Increases (as compared to a pattern previously posted) provide a nice fit & enough room to cover ears. The placement of decreases towards the top creates a rounded look. Most of all, baby's head stays warm. (The Importance of Warmth by Susan Johnson, M.D.)

Mini Bean (with a 103 stitches cast-on & a 15-20-9/5 count) & Mighty Bean (with a 139 stitches cast on & 21-28-13/7 count) are in the works. I'm test-knitting. The nice thing is that the combination of three sizes with a variety of yarn weights & needle sizes will give you the opportunity to create Lil' Beans in eight sizes - from toasty for snow weather to light and airy for summertime. It's also easy to knit up a doll version if you need that whole look.


Koigu KPPM, a fingering weight yarn, on size US 2 (2.75mm) needles gave me a size NEWBORN with a gauge of 8 sts./inch.

Frog Tree Pima Cotton/Silk, a sports weight yarn, on size US 5 (3.5mm) needles gave me a size 3/6-9 MONTHS with a gauge of 6sts./inch.

Malabrigo Silky Merino, a worsted weight yarn, on size US 7 (4.5mm) needles gave me a size 9-12/12-18 MONTHS with a gauge of 5 sts./inch.

Yarns & needles "in between" will create "in between sizes."


k = Knit; p = Purl

sk2p = Slip one stitch knit-wise, knit two stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over the stitches you just knit together. (2 stitches decreased)

m1(fb) = Insert left needle, from front to back, under the strand between last stitch worked and next stitch on left needle, forming a loop. Knit through the back of that stitch. (1 stitch made)

m1(bf) = Insert left needle, from back to front, under the strand between last stitch worked and next stitch on left needle, forming a loop. Knit through the front of this loop. (1 stitch made)

kfb = Knit stitch, but don't slide stitch off the left-needle. Now knit into the back of the old stitch. Now you have two stitches on the right needle. Slide stitch off the left needle. (1 stitch made)


Cast on 121 stitches. Divide them evenly onto 4 DPs & join to the round, taking care not to twist. (30-30-30-31)

Round 1: Purl
Round 2: Knit
Rounds 3 & 4: Purl
Round 5: Knit

Round 6: k1, m1(bf), k18, sk2p, k24, kfb, kfb, k11, sk2p, k11, kfb, kfb, k24, sk2p, k18, m1(fb), k1
Round 7: Knit

Repeat rounds 6 & 7 six more times. - A total of 19 rounds worked. Note: Since decreases and increases per round are the same, your stitches through round 19 always remain the same - 121 stitches at the end of each round!

Round 20: k1, m1(bf), k18, sk2p, k37, sk2p, k37, sk2p, k18, m1(fb), k1 (117 stitches remain)
Round 21 & all even rounds 'til end: Knit

At this stage your work will look something like this.
Note how increases & decreases are lining up neatly.

Round 22: k1, m1(bf), k18, sk2p, k35, sk2p, k35, sk2p, k18, m1(fb), k1 (113 stitches remain)

Tip: At this point, or as soon as the number of stitches allows from now on, it is helpful for ease of knitting to rearrange the stitches onto 3 DPs, with the sk2p decreases towards the middle of each needle. It makes it much easier to work the decreases.

Round 24: k19, sk2p, k33, sk2p, k33, sk2p, k19 (107)
Round 26: k18, sk2p, k31, sk2p, k31, sk2p, k18 (101)
Round 28: k17, sk2p, k29, sk2p, k29, sk2p, k17 (95)
Round 30: k16, sk2p, k27, sk2p, k27, sk2p, k16 (89)
Round 32: k15, sk2p, k25, sk2p, k25, sk2p, k15 (83)
Round 34: k14, sk2p, k23, sk2p, k23, sk2p, k14 (77)
Round 36: k13, sk2p, k21, sk2p, k21, sk2p, k13 (71)
Round 38: k12, sk2p, k19, sk2p, k19, sk2p, k12 (65)
Round 40: k11, sk2p, k17, sk2p, k17, sk2p, k11 (59)
Round 42: k10, sk2p, k15, sk2p, k15, sk2p, k10 (53)
Round 44: k9, sk2p, k13, sk2p, k13, sk2p, k9 (47)
Round 46: k8, sk2p, k11, sk2p, k11, sk2p, k8 (41)
Round 48: ssk, k5, sk2p, k9, sk2p, k9, sk2p, k5, k2tog (33)
Round 50: k5, sk2p, k7, sk2p, k7, sk2p, k5 (27)
Round 52: ssk, k2, sk2p, k5, sk2p, k5, sk2p, k2, k2tog (19)
Round 54: k2 sk2p, k3, sk2p, k3, sk2p, k2 (13)
Round 56: k1, sk2p, k1, sk2p, k1, sk2p, k1 (7)
Break the yarn, leaving a 6" tail. using a yarn darner, run yarn through remaining stitches. Secure.

FROM TOP DOWN: Front view. Back view. Side view.
(Click on the images to enlarge them if you need a closer look.)

For ties, pick up 3-4 stitches and work an I-cord for app. 8". Weave in all loose ends. Block if desired.


Em said...

Thanks for the pattern! - I hope to make one for my youngest this year :)

Cat J B said...

Oh, that is very cute! I am no knitter unfortunately....

Anonymous said...

Thank you tons for such a cutie little hat. my neice is having a little one and i can't wait to make it. i was sorry to hear about the love of your life.i pray the peace of God upon you . Thanks so very much for the free pattern, i was kind!!! Diane California, USA

Melissa said...

I remember a knit fabric pilot hat for my oldest daughter that my sister handed down to me, how I loved it!

My neighbor is expecting a girl this time and she LOVES hats. I keep her son well covered with a variety of hats I make. I'm definitely going to try making this one for a girl in bright hot pink colors this summer. She is to be induced on August 10th, so I have a bit of time yet.

Eunice Beshears said...

Great hat! Bless your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have just found your post and will be making one for my grand-daughter here in Australia. Best wishes. Diana.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for this pattern for the longest time, saw it on one of my old knitting books but the instructions were on my missing pages. Love it! Thanks for the instructions.

Maxine said...

Thanks for the great pattern and pix. I have 3 young grandsons and winter is coming fast here in Canada. Maxine.

Creative Design said...

I am just finding your patten on Ravelry! As I read the previous comments, am I struck by a note on April 23rd which leads me to search your blog archive! Am I to understand that you have lost a much loved husband or soul mate...while you were expecting? If it is true, I am truly sorry! There is almost nothing worse! I am happily married for 19 years and have a lovely 18 year old daughter! 51 now, but at 29 I lost my first husband. Life can be so cruel and adjusting to a new life can be slow going! I am thinking of you and have become a follower on your blog!
Best to you,

Alexandra said...

I am interested in this pattern for my granddaughter who always has cold ears. Hear head measurement is 17 1/4 ", I guess I will experiment to get the right size. A Fogel, Alexandria, VA

jhenzel said...

Thank you so much for the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this pattern, I look forward to giving it a go.

Lacey said...

gonna link to this on my blog tonight. Thanks--i can't wait to try. I might have to ask you for help at some point...

Kathleen in Dublin said...

Thanks for the lovely pattern, I'm definitely going to have a try at knitting it. My daughter is due to give birth at the end of this month to a baby boy. Unfortunately there are complications with baby so we're praying for a happy outcome. He's got a condition called CDH (congenital diafragmatic hernia)but we're staying positive. This little hat will look super with some of the cardigans/jackets i'm knitting for him. Thanks again, and good health to you and yours xxx

Anonymous said...

I have a question about the pattern. As far as I can tell, the first increase/decrease round (round 6) doesn't add up to the 121 stitches I have on my needles. Should I simply knit to the end after of the row and then start over? Please advise.

Anonymous said...

Nevermind! I figured it out. Thanks for the pattern, can't wait to finish.

Notchka said...

That's really generous of you to give the pattern. I love its retro style. I would be very inclined to add some decorative stitches around the face to look like fair isle and a big pom pom on top! Shame I don't have a wee wee one to knit for right now, but I'm adding this to the list of things I want to make all the same :)

Sono-Ma: Holly White-Wolfe said...

Adorable photo of your little one and your talented knitting. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern, I am knitting a newborn size cap in pure undyed silk for a friend's baby. Best wishes to you and your family,
Love Morghan

Anonymous said...

I have just finished my first hat. I love the shape of it. It was just what I was looking for. I knitted mine on a 16in. circ needle until I had to put it on DPNs. Also mine came out a little pointy at the peak, so I unknit it a little (about 10 rounds) and made more decreases. That totally took care of my problem. Thanks again for posting your pattern. I will be making many more very soon.

oldrecipe said...

Wait, how did Anonymous figure out that row 6 question? I can only get the instructions there to add up to 114 stitches. What am I missing?
Want so badly to keep going but am totally befuddled.

oldrecipe said...

Ah, restarted and it's running smooth as a dream. Row 6 is grand. Thanks for your help and encouragement!

Michelle said...

Did you ever adapt the mini bean pattern? I'd love to make a matching one for my son's Waldorf doll!

angos said...

same question as michelle.
does you have the mini bean pattern written out.
i want to make it for a preemie.

Anonymous said...

I'm adapting this personally for a cat, and I noticed that shouldn't Round 21 & all even rounds 'til end: Knit
be all odd rounds?

Wonderful pattern though, knits up beautifully.

Christine said...

I love this pattern. I've made two of them for friends. My toddler is getting too big though I was considering trying it with aran weight yarn.

Did you ever write out the Mighty Bean pattern? I'm going to try out what you mentioned in the blog post but I didn't know if it'd been tested and had updates.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the pattern! I love knitting in the round n thus is perfect. So nice to post it for free!