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Knit a Winter Beanie

Specialist Wānaka wool company The Woven Co has a strong following with its 100 per cent  locally made New Zealand yarns appealing to knitting enthusiasts around the world.

 Michelle Stewart set up the company over ten years ago and has large data base of customers attracted by her high-quality merino yarns, designer patterns and knitwear kits.

“I initially started The Woven Co to circumvent the old-fashioned wool shop that I personally found an unsatisfying experience and go direct to the knit community which was in dire need of designer led patterns and modern-colored yarns. The recent launch of our Woolly Surprise subscription service has brought the knit community together in unique ways like our innovative online mystery knit challenge.”

She says encouraging more people to knit is motivating and fun.

“The Classic Rib Beanie pattern I designed is a quintessential, functional hat that is very flattering and makes a lovely gift. It will fit a small to reasonably large adult sized head and is a true classic.”

Classic Rib Beanie

A video tutorial for knitting this beanie is available at thewovenco.com


1 x 50grm ball of The Woven Co Smooth Merino

5.5mm circular needles with 60cm cable

Round marker

Darning needle to sew in the ends


  1. Cast on 80 stitches using a loose/stretchy cast on method – recommend the long-tail cast on.
  2. Knit the first row flat (i.e. not in the round) as a <Knit 1, Purl 1> row (known as K1, P1 or 1×1 rib). This is to ease the cast on edge and make it easier to stretch out stitches and join in the round. After completing the first row, place the round marker and join stitches in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches.  
  3. Now working in the round, knit the body of the hat as Knit 1, Purl 1 (K1, P1) around.  
  4. Keep going until the body of the hat measures 20cm (if you desire a longer length, e.g. you might want to add 7cm for a fold up, you may need extra yarn.)
  5. Decreases for the Top

Round 1: Knit 3 stitches together (known as K3TOG), then P1, K1, P1, K1, P1. Repeat around the round <K3TOG, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1> till the round is complete – reducing to 60 stitches

Round 2: <K1P1> around

Round 3: <K3TOG, P1, K1, P1> around – 40 stitches

Round 4: <K1P1> around

Round 5: <K3TOG, P1> around – 20 stitches

Round 6: <K1P1> around

Round 7: <K2TOG> around – 10 stitches

Cut a good length of yarn and thread stitches, pulling closed the top, tie off.

  • Once you’ve finished sewing in the ends, the beanie is good to go!

Shop for The Woven Co wools online at thewovenco.com or in local stores Revology Wanaka and Cardrona General Store. This pattern is also available as a kit.