When knitting a handmade beanie, it can be difficult to make the end of the beanie even and refined-looking. This can cause the finished beanie to appear too rustic and crafty. One solution is to end the beanie by finishing the edge with cast-off stitches, which will cause the edge to look sharp and even. You can end a knitted beanie properly by using a few materials that can be purchased from any craft supply store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Circular knitting needles
- Yarn needle
Knit the beanie hat according to the pattern you are using. Do not remove the knitting needles from the circular knitting needles when finished.
Insert the right knitting needle of the circular needles into the first stitch in the remaining row of your hat, and knit it as usual using a basic knit stitch.
Slip the second stitch direction onto the right needle, which will position the stitch in front of the first stitch.
Use the tip of the left needle to lift the first knitted stitch over the top of the second slipped stitch. This will allow the first stitch to be successfully cast off of the needles.
Knit the next stitch on the left needle as usual. Once the stitch is on the right needle, use the tip of the left needle to lift the second stitch over the third knitted stitch, as before. This will successfully cast off the second stitch, creating a smooth, finished edge on the hat.
Continue casting off stitches until you have only one stitch remaining. Cut off the excess yarn, leaving 6 inches.
Insert the end of the remaining yarn onto a yarn needle. Thread the needle through the remaining stitch, and pull tight. This will finish the edge of the beanie.
Weave the remaining yarn back and forth through the inside of the hat to conceal it.
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