Garter Squish Beanie

  • top down view of the head and shoulders of a man wearing a black coat and knitted beanie on his head. The beanie is a blue and grey marled knitted fabric in garter stitch and a swirl is created by increasing from the centre crown
  • side view of the garter squish beanie on a white background
  • back view of the garter squish beanie
  • flat lay of the garter squish beanie on a white background

Fancy the same warm, squishy hug for your head that your Garter Squish jumper gives your body? You may even have a leftover skein of chunky yarn destined to become a matching hat?

Available in a full range of sizes, but the real beauty of the top-down construction is that this beanie can be easily customised both in length and overall circumference. Try on as you go and make it suit you!

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The Garter Squish Beanie is knit seamlessly in the round from the top down using a Pinhole cast on. It mimics the ‘jogless’ garter stitch pattern and slip stitch design which originated with the Garter Squish Jumpers, while the gentle ‘swirl’ of stitches around the crown gives it its own identity. The slip stitch design runs from the centre top of the beanie down to the 1×1 ribbed brim.

beanie schematic

XS (Small, Medium, Large, XL).

Finished beanie circumference

14” (16”, 18”, 20”, 22”) / 35.5cm (40.5cm, 45.5cm, 51cm, 56.5cm) measured from the bottom of the beanie body before the start of the ribbed brim.

The beanie is designed with 3” (7.5cm) negative ease, apart from the first size where 1-2” negative ease is recommended. Therefore, pick a size smaller than the actual head circumference.

Finished beanie length

7.5” (8”, 8.5”, 9.25”, 9.75”) / 18cm (19cm, 20.5cm, 22cm, 23.5cm)

The length is measured from the centre top (crown/cast on) to the bottom of the brim, along the curve of the beanie.

Any Chunky weight yarn with approximately 100m (107yds) per 100g.


Two strands of heavy DK yarn held together.

The sample beanie is the Adult Large size worn with 1” negative ease. Knit in two strands of Drops Karisma held together in the colourways ’16 – Dark Grey Mix’ and ’73 – Petrol’.

Suggested Yarns

Any hand dyed Merino Chunky, 100m (109yds) per 100g.

Two strands of Drops Karisma, 100m (109yds) per 50g held together.

Required Meterage (Yardage)

XS (Small, Medium, Large, XL).

66 (74, 85, 97, 110)m / 72 (81, 93, 106, 120)yds.

This equates to 2 (2, 2, 2, 4) balls of Drops Karisma, 100m (109yds) per 50g.
1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins of Superwash Merino Chunky, 100m (109yds) per 100g.

Be aware that changes to the overall length of the Beanie will affect the amount of yarn used and may require more yarn.


12 stitches and 24 rows = 4x4in (10x10cm) unstretched in the cable rib pattern, using the larger needle size.


7mm (US size 10 ¾) for the main body of the Beanie and 6mm (US size 10) for the ribbed brim OR size needed to get gauge.

Needle type dependant on your knitting style:

7mm (US size 10 ¾) double pointed needles are recommended for the Pinhole cast on and initial rounds. Both are doable with magic loop on circular needles, however it may be a bit fiddly.

Circular needles in both sizes – length suitable to knit your chosen size in the round. For example, the child size beanie has a finished circumference of 14” therefore a choose circular needle shorter than this to knit comfortably in the round OR a single circular needle long enough for the magic loop method.


6 stitch markers

Pinhole cast on

Knitting in the round

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Garter Squish Adult the adult version of the jumper

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