Utahime Beanie

歌姫 (Utahime)
Diva /ˈdēvə/

1. a famous female singer of popular music

2. a self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please (typically used of a woman)

3. Italian for a female deity, or goddess, and closely associated with prima donna

It is cold here. You would think someplace where summers can be up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, we’d have milder winters. No, it seems to be just the opposite.

I believe I started this pattern during the summer, and it’s just now ready for its spring debut. It took me a few tries to get right, and I think it was worth it.

Partially finished knit beanie

Those familiar with my knitting backstory may know my frustration with finding the perfect hat. I collected a literal drawerful of store bought beanies and still never managed to find the perfect one–the one from the magazines, or the advertisements of shiny, happy Hollywood people. The one they wore on their ski trip to Vail, Colorado, or to Times Square on New Years Eve.

The quest for this particular hair accessory led me on my crochet journey, and after making another two drawerfuls of hats, I switched to knitting. Now, this is nothing against crochet (and I still pick up a hook from time to time), but it just wasn’t right for what I wanted.

Knit ribbing
Can you feel the squish through your screen?

The Utahime beanie is the perfect cold weather accessory. Knit with thick, chunky yarn, it can be worked in just a few hours. This is a great pattern for beginner knitters working on their techniques, and it skips a complicated bind-off that other ribbed hats may have. It also looks great topped with a faux fur or handmade pom. I used acrylic wool for my beanies, but it would look just fabulous in merino wool.

It’s also warm. Really, seriously warm. Make yours in fall so you’re ready for winter. Otherwise, you may overheat!

Person wearing beanie
I added a few safety pins to mine

If you knit your own Utahime Beanie, we’d love to see your work. Tag us on Instagram with #UtahimeBeanie @rakugaki.knitwear.

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