Introducing The Shoals Top

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Redskins Beanie

For my brother’s very belated birthday gift, I made a very unofficial Redskins team beanie, as he is a big fan. Since the NFL would have my house out from under me if I tried to sell the pattern for this, I’m offering it to you for free. If you make it, please link up the pattern on Ravelry. For a printer-friendly version of the pattern, download the PDF via Ravlery. Enjoy!


Redskins Beanie


Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids in cranberry (MC) and mustard (CC)


16″ circular US 6 (4.0 mm)

16″ circular US 7 (4.5 mm)

DPN set US 7 (4.5 mm)


16 sts = 4″ (10 cm) on US 7 (4.5 mm) in stockinette.  Note: This yarn states 16 sts = 4″ on US 9 needles but I used US 7 to obtain gauge

Finished circumference:

21″ flat – fits average adult head with negative ease.


K = knit

P = purl

MC = main color

CC = contrast color

CO= cast on

k2tog= knit two stitches together


With MC CO 84 sts on smaller needle. Join in round. Place round marker.

Work k2, P2 ribbing for 3 rounds. DO NOT break MC. Join CC. Work k2, p2 ribbing for 1 round. Break CC. With MC work 3 more rounds ribbing.

Switch to larger needle. Work in stockinette for 3 rounds. Begin chart at round marker. After working each row of chart, continue in stockinette with MC to beginning of round where you will begin next row of chart. You may choose to break CC yarn at end of each chart row and rejoin a new piece at beginning of next round OR carry CC around, catching floats every 4th stitch. Breaking after each row means more ends to weave but less bulk and floats to worry about. Remember if choosing to carry CC around to work loosely, as this beanie is fit with negative ease.

After chart is complete, break CC. Continue in stockinette with MC until piece measures 5″ from CO edge.

Begin decreases as follows, switching to DPN’s when stitches become tight on circular needle.

round 1: *k9, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 2 and every even round: k all.

round 3: *k8, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 5: *k7, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 7: *k6, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 9: *k5, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 11: *k4, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 13: *k3, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 15: *k2, k2tog* repeat around.

round 17: *k1, k2tog* repeat around.

round 19: *k2tog* repeat around.

Break yarn. Use tapestry needle to draw yarn tail through remaining stitches. Secure tail on inside of work. Weave any loose ends. Enjoy rooting for your favorite football team or gift it to the big Skins fan in your life!


redskins chart


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