Rule of Thirds Beanie + free pattern

One grey and one orange version of the Rule of Thirds Beanie

Some general thoughts:

The pattern of the beanie is playing with the number three and multiples of it and also the decreases are made in three places resolving in an interesting and beautiful shape. That is why I came up with the name Rule of Thirds Beanie. The Rule of Thirds is a principle used widely in Photography and Arts to ensure balanced compositions.

The beanie is knit with two strands of yarn held together throughout the work. Since the whole beanie is ribbed it is really flexible and basically adjusts itself to any shape of head. The hat has a brim which is folded and attached to the inside to keep your ears and forehead warm.


Yarn: two balls of itch-free 320 – 360 m / 100 g yarn ( 50 g / ball )

For the orange beanie (comfortably fits a head with a circumference of 54 cm) I used around 75 g of Baby merino yarn from Adlibris. The color is Orange Rust (A034) 180 / 50g

The grey beanie fits a head with around 58 cm. For that one I used Madame Tricote Paris Cashmere Gold yarn which is a little bit thicker than the one from Adlibris with 320 m / 100g. The beanie took around 85 g of yarn to make.

Needles: I like to knit hats with six double pointed needles. Since when working with only five needles the stitches tend to drop from my needles. The size I used is 4,00 mm ( US size 6 )

In addition you need two cable needles (or e.g. shorter extra double pointed needles of the same size or smaller)

Gauge: around 20 stitches = 10 cm (suitably stretched)

A tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.


Cast on 108 stitches with two strands of yarn.

Join for working in the round.

Work the *purl 1, knit 1 through the back loop* ribbing for 32 rounds.

In round 33 the folded brim is attached to the inside: Fold the brim so that the edge with the stitches you have cast on is right behind the stitches you are working on at the moment. Work this row alternately purling one and knitting the next stitch together with a stitch that you pick up from the corresponding cast on – stitch. Continue until the end of the round.

Note: If you like you can skip this step and just fold the brim inside or outside or alternatively sew it in place when you have finished the knitting of the whole beanie. In this case simply continue with the ribbing for round 33.

Next work the rounds 1-24 of the chart (repeating the 12 stitches 9 times each round)

A closeup of the pattern

Start making the decreases according to the following chart: (repeat three times each round)

Note that on round 19 on the decreasing chart you have to pass the last stitch from the previous round to the first needle of the next round in order to make the decrease correctly.

After the 19. round of decreasing there are 18 stitches left. Break yarn. With tail threaded on a tapestry needle, draw through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Weave in loose ends on the wrong side

A bird’s-eye view shot of the beanie.

I really like how the decreases crown the beanie.

I will have to make some photos of someone actually wearing these hats soon. Hope I get my sister or a friend to model these for me so that I can make some nice shots.

Enjoy knitting this beanie 🙂

7 Replies to “Rule of Thirds Beanie + free pattern”

  1. I absolutely love this hat! However, I don’t do charts well AT ALL. Would you ever consider writing out the pattern?

    1. Hello Mindi! In my opinion writing out the chart does not make much sense for this particular pattern. But in future when designing new patterns I’ll keep in mind that there are people who dislike reading charts.

      I hope you will give this beanie a try anyway. Just remember to start reading the chart from the bottom right side to the left and continue your way upwards when you have knitted the whole round. Each square always represents a knitting stitch and all the explanations for the symbols I have used are right below the chart, written without using abbreviations.

      Feel free to ask if you have some problems with reading the chart 🙂

  2. Such a beautiful hat. Thank you for sharing the pattern. Will be casting in soon.

  3. Love this pattern. I am thinking of substituting a heavy worsted single ply merino in place of two strands of sport.

    1. I think that would work really well. I think that there are really a lot of different good possibilities for yarn choices for this pattern.

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