Knitting a TARDIS Beanie
I first learned to knit around 12 or 13 years ago in a free class at my library. Since then, I have moved from stockinette scarves to cabled hats and baby sweaters but until recently, I never tried the Fair Isle technique to add multiple colors. Once I decided to give it a try, I found a pattern that I liked for knitting a TARDIS beanie. Doctor Who is my favorite TV show so of course, I fell in love with the pattern. Note that this is not my pattern which is why I am directing you to the original pattern on Ravelry.
- The pattern which can be found for free on Ravelry: TARDIS Beanie.
- US Size 8 16in circular needles
- US Size 8 double pointed needles
- Grey worsted yarn
- Blue worsted yarn
- Optional: White or off white worsted yarn
- Yarn needle
I will link to Youtube videos which will give you a refresher on each skill if you need it.
- Your favorite basic cast on method. I prefer the long tail cast on but you can use another method if you prefere.
- Knit stich
- Purl stich
- Knit two together
- Fair Isle technique. This video teaches you to hold one strand of yarn in your right hand and the other in your left hand but if you only know how to knit with one or the other, then you can simply drop one color and pick up the other when the pattern calls for a color switch.
My Tips and Change to the Pattern
Technically the Fair Isle technique is only supposed to be used for two colors but I wanted the windows and sign on the TARDIS to be white so I decided to give three colors a try. It worked out great but I had to be extremely careful to avoid a massive tangle of yarn. Give it a try if you want and let me know how it goes!
Make sure that your floating yarn is loose! When in doubt make it a little looser. The floating yarn will not stretch like the rest of your beanie so give it space to stretch onto your head when it is finished. Below you can see what the wrong side (the hat is inside out) looks like on my hat.
What Do You Think?
Let me know if you try this or if you have any knitting techniques that you would like for me to try out on this blog! Do you knit? If so, I would love to know what you have been working on.