Bumble is the final (and my very favourite!) pattern from our latest collection, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe. Although Max & Bodhi’s is ‘all about the babes’, we would like to include grown-up babes in that definition!
Love it to Bits
Why do I love this hat so much? Well firstly, it’s a really addictive knit. You won’t be able to resist casting on a second, then a third… The second reason I love it is it’s a chameleon. Bumble has the potential to be an entirely clean and simple design which just lets a beautiful skein of semi-solid yarn shine, AND the potential to showcase bold and unexpected colour combinations!
This beanie is also a perfect project for using up leftover sweater yarn, because it’s knit in a heavy DK / light worsted weight yarn (think Cascade 220). Knit a bit slouchy with or without pompom, it would be SUPER COOL for a young dude, and it’s quite obviously adorable on ladies and bairns!
Bumble is knit using a simple technique called slipped-stitch knitting which creates a tweedy colourwork effect in two colours, or a subtle waffle effect in one colour. It is very simple to work. You only ever use one colour at a time, like when you’re knitting stripes, and you simply work some stitches, and slip others. Don’t know how to slip a stitch? We’ve got a tutorial for you!
One important thing to note is that when working slipped-stitch patterns, there is a tendency for your gauge to be quite compressed. So you will use much larger needles than you would for stockinette stitch. You could knit a swatch, or simply knit a hat (it’ll fit somebody), then measure gauge against that before you knit your next one!
Four Ways to knit the Bumble Beanie
Let’s take a closer look at how the design looks knit in a single colour, one-round stripes, and two-round stripes. The slip-stitch pattern is also quite pretty on the ‘wrong side’, so try it inside-out before you sew that pompom on!
Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe: Modern Baby Knits
Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe is finally complete, you can get the complete ebook here! Inspired by our two newest darlings, this collection is filled with modern and unisex wardrobe staples. Nothing says love like a baby covered in woolies, so grab your needles, and cast on for a little cutie today!
This little collection would make a great gift for an expectant knitter or grand-knitter. You can use the ‘gift’ function on Ravelry to send a copy instantaneously. It’s got a load of ridiculous cute baby photos too, I’m keeping a copy for me just as a coffee-table book!
More unisex beanies by TCK: