DIY Herringbone Slouch Knit Beanie – Free Pattern

Herringbone Beanie 1Since moving from the lovely constant-weather-changing city of Melbourne, I haven’t had a need to wear a beanie. But seeing as my yarn collection is still massive and my intense urge to knit is far too great for me to see the ‘I’m in tropics’ logic, I proceeded to make myself yet another warm head cover… I can still have holidays in Winter right??

Logic aside, here is the pattern of the beanie I created from using a single herringbone stitch from the Harmony Knitting Stitches book.


Knitting needles: 3.25mm and 4mm CIRCULAR NEEDLES

Yarn: 8ply alpaca 50g balls (x2)



Cast on 120 stitches – using 3.25mm CIRCULAR NEEDLES

Row 1: K2, P2

(repeat for 15 rows)

Transfer work to 4mm CIRCULAR NEEDLES

Row 17: Knit

Row 18: *K2tog, K2, K1B back then knit st above, K2, rep from * to last st., K1

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: K3, K1B back then knit st. above, K2, K2tog, *K2, K1B back then knit st. above, K2, K2tog, rep from * to end.


(Start after finishing last row of the pattern above)

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: *K2tog, K5, rep from * to last st, K1 (103)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: K2, K2tog, *K4, K2tog, rep from * to last 3 stitches, K3 (86)

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: *K2tog, K3, rep from * to last st, K1 (69)

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: K1 *K2tog, K2 rep from * to end (52)

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: *K2tog, K1, rep from * to last st, K1 (35)

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: K1 *K2tog, rep from * to end (18)

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: K2tog (9)

Tie Off.

#Amended April 2016

Enjoy the pattern!

LOve <3



P.S. – You can also find some of my other projects on Ravelry

22 Replies to “DIY Herringbone Slouch Knit Beanie – Free Pattern”

  1. Hey! Can you clarify row 17 for me please? I am not understanding the knit back then knit stitch above part. I know how to do a traditional herring bone stitch. Is that what you are trying to convey??


    1. Hi, this pattern was taken straight out of The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches so the herringbone pattern should mimic what is shown in there. I’m unsure what the traditional herringbone stitch is.

      It took a little bit of experimenting and searching myself to get it, but basically “K1B back and then knit the stitch above”, is to knit into the back of the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle and then knit the stitch above it after (which would have been the next stitch on the left needle originally), increasing a stitch.

      I think this stitch is also known as the Knit Below stitch or the Knit Right Loop stitch. I hope this helps.


  2. I think that there may be an error in row 19. The way it has been written will lead to a decrease in the number of stitches.

    In addition, what do you mean by k1B back? Is this knit 1 below, knit 1 back, or something else?

    1. Hi, no that is correct, it doesn’t decrease the number of stitches.

      The pattern is basically k2tog, k2, k1b, k2 repeated. Row 19 is adjusting to the extra stitch in row 17. The extra decrease following the k3 follows the pattern, but instead of k2, it’s k3, so it can’t be used in repetition. This was taken straight out of a pattern book, and has been adjusted for a beanie in the crown, so the lengthening pattern should be correct.

      Also the k1b is knit 1 below I think, where you knit into the back of the stitch below the next stitch and then knit the stitch about it (originally the next stitch on the left needle). I hope this helps!


    2. Hi Emma!

      I wanted to let you know that I revisited this project and also encountered the error *face palm*

      So sorry about that. I know this is like really late, but I’ve revised the pattern, so if you want to give it another go, please do 🙂

    1. Hi Trish, No, there isn’t a gauge given. I wrote up this pattern a while after I had made the hat, so I didn’t have the exact details of the yarn I used.
      It was a soft 8ply alpaca yarn if that helps.

  3. Could you advise on type of wool, as in the UK I’ve never heard of 8ply wool. We have 3ply, 4ply, Double Knitting, & Chunky as the usual types stocked. I want to knit this hat for my teenage son. I think he will love it! Thanks

    1. Hm, I’m not sure what to advise you on if 8ply doesn’t exist in the UK. What yarn would you usually use for 4mm needles? If I’m unsure of what yarn to use I usually look at the label for their recommendation of needle size. I hope that helps.

  4. WARNING ! Please note if you are using this pattern, Row 16 & all alt wrong side rows are PURL NOT KNIT ! Fortunately It did’nt take long to figure out what was wrong. Hope this helps someone else. ; )

    1. Hi Wendy, I’m unsure what knitting method you are using, but when I use circular needles I don’t purl the alternate rows, I do just knit them. So according to this method the pattern is correct.
      If you are using this pattern like you would with regular knitting needles, i.e. if you were making a scarf and you switched needles at the end of each row, then yes you would purl the alternate rows.

  5. Re diy herringbone slouch knit beanie
    Is this your revised pattern? If not, where cld I find the final revisions?

    1. Hi Belka, I think you mean from row 8 to row 10. Sorry there is a mistake there, it should be (k2tog, k2), not (k2tog, k4). I will amend the pattern. Thank you for pointing it out 🙂

  6. I tried both d unamended & amended row 10..still dnt come down to 35 stitches infact more than that. My daughter needs d beanie in a couple of days for trip to NZ..looks like i will juz continue to decrease but with diff no.of stitches. TQ

    1. Hi Nora.
      So sorry that I didn’t see this earlier in time for your trip to NZ. I made a typo when I added the new amendment notice under the pattern. It’s now been changed. Its (K2tog, K1 to the last stitch, k1). That should give you 35. Thank you for letting me know, I hope you get to finish the beanie now.

  7. Hi. Great hat. I am ready for rounds 17-20 but don’t know how many times to repeat that before heading into the crown. Please advise.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Liz, thanks! This is purely up to you depending on how long you generally like your hat. I like my hats rather long so I keep trying it on until there is a slouch at the back then I start the crown. I would usually have it measure around 20cm before starting the crown. I hope that helps!

  8. i couldn’t find anywhere on the page for a printer friendly version. this would be helpful as there is so much advertising it came up as 18 pages on my right mouse click.

    1. Hi Lesley,
      I usually put up a pdf, but this was one my my first knitting projects so I probably didn’t start doing it yet. I will put one up ASAP!
      In the meantime, you can copy the pattern into a word document and print it from there.

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