Knitty: little purls of wisdom
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Bimitral is a versatile hat, constructed essentially of two elements. Consisting of stripes worked on the bias, where each panel is simply one color worked after the next which then in turn is repeated over and over until the desired sized is reached, Bimitral can be constructed as a slouchy beret (shown) or as a slouchy beanie, with only a slight adjustment in gauge.

The techniques are that of any sideways hat: provisional cast-on, short rows, and (garter stitch) grafting. It's the perfect canvas for mixing two of your favorite yarns. It would lend itself beautifully to mixed weight yarns – why not knit the second color in a lace weight or 4-ply yarn, for a thick/thin effect? Or mix it up with one stripe in solid and the second in variegated? Whichever combination of yarn you go for, Bimitral will lend itself willingly to creating a unique piece each and every time.


spacer model: Silvia Proietti
spacer photos: Woolly Wormhead

S[M, L]
To fit 19[21, 23] inches/48.25[53.25, 58.5] cm

Circumference: 17.25[19, 20.75] inches
Length: 6.5[7.5, 8.25] inches



Anzula Cole [70% Silk, 30% Camel; 180yd/165m per 100g skein]
spacer [MC] Keola; 1[1, 1] skeins
spacer [CC] Pesto; 1[1, 1] skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below — every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 set US 7/4.5mm straight needles

spacer US# 7/4.5mm crochet hook
spacer approx 2m waste yarn
spacer stitch marker as necessary
spacer yarn needle


18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
18 sts/37 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Row gauge determines how well the hat fits. The garter stitch is designed to work as ribbing and should be measured relaxed.

Should your gauge differ from that required in the pattern, you can simply work more or less panels until the hat fits – a sideways knit allows you to try it on as you go!

To complete this pattern, you'll need to perform a garter stitch graft – this creates the single row of ridges to echo the purl ridges between the panels (whereas a reverse stocking stitch creates two adjacent purl ridges). You can find a tutorial on Woolly’s website

Provisional Cast On
This project uses a provisional cast on. Use your preferred provisional cast on technique; directions for one technique may be found here.

Short rows
Instructions for working short rows can be found here.


Using waste yarn and Provisional Cast-on method, cast on 39[43, 47] sts. Change to MC and work panel as follows:

Row 1 [WS]: Purl all sts.

Row 2 [RS]: P9[10, 11], k1, M1, k26[29, 32], k2tog, w&t.

Row 3 [WS]: Purl all sts.

Row 4 [RS]: P9[10, 11], k1, M1, k25[28, 31], k2tog, w&t.

Row 5 [WS]: P28[31, 34], w&t.

Row 6 [RS]: K1, M1, k24[27, 30], k2tog, w&t.

Row 7 [WS]: Purl all sts.

Join CC. Keep both MC and CC attached throughout. When changing in the transition between brim and body, twist the two yarns around each other, to avoid making holes.

Row 8 [RS]: With MC, p8[9, 10]; with CC P2, M1P, p23[26, 29], p2tog, w&t.

Row 9 [WS]: With CC, p27[30, 33]; with MC, p8[9, 10].

Row 10 [RS]: With MC, p8[9, 10]; with CC k2, M1, k22[25, 28], k2tog, w&t.

Row 11 [WS]: With CC, p25[28, 31], w&t.

Row 12 [RS]: With CC, K1, M1, k21[24, 27], k2tog, w&t.

Row 13 [WS]: With CC, p25[28, 31]; with MC, p8[9, 10].

Row 14 [RS]: With MC, p8[9, 10]; with CC k2, M1, k20[23, 26], k2tog, w&t.

Row 15 [WS]: With CC, p24[27, 30]; with MC, p8[9, 10].

Row 16 [RS]: With MC, purl all sts, picking up the wraps as you go.

Repeat these 16 rows a total of 9[10, 11] times, then work Rows 1-15 once more.


Carefully remove Provisional Cast-on stitch by stitch, taking care to keep in pattern, transferring live stitches to second needle.

When grafting across short rows, you will treat the short rows in exactly the same way as you have throughout the pattern.

How you pick up the wraps during the graft should mimic what you did when working the rows: If you picked up the wrap then worked into the back of the wrapped stitch previously you will need to do the same for the graft – to do this lift both the wrap and stitch off and twist towards you, and then place back on the needle and perform Garter Stitch Kitchener as normal. If you worked into the front of the wrapped stitch previously you do not need to twist them during the graft.

You will be grafting from the bottom of the Hat up. Once the graft is complete, thread yarn through edge stitches and pull to tighten to close the crown.

Wash. You can optionally block over a plate, but be careful not to stretch out the band too much. Weave in all ends.


designernamespacer Woolly fully admits that she dreams about Hats and 3-D knitted forms. She can't help it. Thankfully, her partner and their son forgive her and they all live peacefully together, spending much of their time in their converted double decker bus.

Her previous Knitty patterns include Urbanista, Hexed and Brindled and the massive compendium of her unique patterns can be found on her website.