DIY: How to knit a popcorn-stitch beanie

This cute-as-a-button popcorn stitch beanie from Perriam will keep little warm during winter.

This intermediate pattern was created by the team at Perriam. This knitting pattern for children aged 1-10 years. For a child with a larger head or 8+ years add 2cm [.75 Ins] to the length before shaping the crown.

Download a printable version of the popcorn beanie knitting pattern here


1 ball 8 ply merino wool
1 pair 4.00MM needles
1 pair 3.25 mm needles


22 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm [4 ins] over stst on 4 mm [6 US] needles.


alt = alternate; beg = begin(ning); cm = centimeters; cont = continue; foll = follow(s)ing; gtst = garter stitch (every row knit); ins = inches; K = knit; meas = measures; P = purl; patt = pattern; rem = remain(ing); RSF = right side facing for next row; st(s) = stitch(es); stst = stocking stitch (RS row K, WS row P); tog = together.


MB = (make Bobble) [K into front and back] twice into next st, then front again – 5 sts, turn, work 4 rows stst, starting with a P row. Then with left-hand needle pass the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over first st.


Finished size: Hat 48 cm [19.25 ins] – fits 2-10 years


Merino 8ply Rust 1 x 50gm ball
One pair each size 3.25 mm [3 US] and 4 mm [6 US] knitting needles.


The success of your finished garment depends on tension. Check this carefully before you begin to knit. If there are less sts to 10 cm [4 ins] than stated, your tension is too loose; use smaller needles. If there are more sts your tension is too firm; use larger

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To make the hat:
With 3.25 mm [3 US] needles, cast on 98 sts and work rib as foll.
Row 1 – K2, *P2, K2, rep from * to end.
Row 2 – P2, *K2, P2, rep from * to end.
Rep the last 2 rows 3 more times.
Change to 4 mm [6 US] needles.
Work 6 rows of gtst and then 6 rows of stst, then work patt as foll.
Row 1 – K1, *K11, MB, rep from * to last st, K1.
Rows 2 to 12 – Work 11 rows in stst, starting with a Purl row.
Row 13 – K6, MB, *K11, MB, rep from * to last 7 sts, K7.
Row 14 – Purl.
Work stst until Hat meas 12 cm [4.75 ins] from beg, ending with RSF.

Shape the crown:
Row 1 – K1, *K2tog, K10, rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2 and every alt row – Purl.
Row 3 – K1, *K2tog, K9, rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 5 – K1, *K2tog, K8, rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 7 – K1, *K2tog, K7, rep from * to last st, K1.
Cont dec in this manner, working 1 st less between each dec in every foll alt row until 18 sts rem.
NR – K1, (K2tog) 8 times, K1. 10 sts.

To complete:
Using mattress stitch, join seam.

NZ Life and Leisure This article first appeared in NZ Life & Leisure Magazine.

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