Divide is a richly textured unisex beanie worked in the round, featuring an architecturally inspired allover pattern of shifting parallel columns of ribbing and diagonal cables. Details like the tubular cast-on, seamless transitions from ribbing to cables, and hidden crown decreases yield a polished finished accessory with a stylish, ready-to-wear look.
Version A is a modern beanie with a single brim, while Version B has a longer brim to be folded over and worn in the classic watch-cap style. Worked in a pillowy, woolen-spun chunky yarn like Brooklyn Tweed’s Quarry, Divide works up quickly and is as satisfying to wear as it is to knit.
This pattern is written in one size; both versions measure 19 1/2” circumference, blocked and unstretched, to comfortably fit average adult head sizes 20-23”. Version A measures 8 ¼” in length, and Version B measures 8” in length with 2 3/8” brim folded up.
Version A: 140 yards (128 meters) chunky-weight wool yarn
Version B: 195 yards (178 meters) chunky-weight wool yarn
Samples shown in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, in colors ‘Lazulite’ (Version A) and ‘Alabaster’ (Version B).
2 yards (1.8 meters) smooth waste yarn, worsted weight or lighter, if using optional tubular cast-on
Size A (both versions):
One pair 16” circular needles and one set double-pointed-needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge (36”+ circular needle can be substituted for 16” circular & DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round)
Recommended size: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Size B (both versions):
One pair 16” circular needles one size smaller than gauge needle for tubular cast-on
Recommended size: US 6 / 4.0 mm
Size C (Version B only):
One pair 16” circular needles two sizes smaller than gauge needle for brim fold rounds
Recommended size: US 5 / 3.75 mm
16 stitches x 24 ½ rows = 4” square in stockinette stitch
32-stitch chart repeat measures 6 1/2” wide after blocking
Please note, stockinette gauge is provided to aid in swatching for needle size selection only, as the pattern does not use stockinette stitch.
Intermediate: Skills required for this pattern include casting on, knitting in the round, knitting cables, and decreasing. Instructions are provided for optional special techniques including tubular cast-on and cabling without the use of a cable needle.
Instructions for cabled stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written form.