Life Aquatic beanie pattern
(Ned/Owen Wilson version)
This is a simple knitted hat worked in single rib stitch on circular needles.
-1 100g skein worsted weight red wool yarn (you'll have plenty left over)
-5mm/US size 8 16" circular needles
-1 stitch marker (or paperclip, etc.)
-darning needle or yarn needle for sewing up top of hat
-1 small rectangle of black fabric 2"x3"
-3 buttons: 1 each red, yellow, and green
-black thread and sewing needle
Cast on 82 stitches using the cable cast-on method.
Knitting the Body
Row 1: *K1, P1 repeat from * to the end of row.
Place marker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of a row. Join
yarn, and begin knitting in the round, in the same pattern as Row 1. Work
in the round, in K1, P1 rib stitch until your knitted tube measures 8.5
inches in length.
Last Row: *K2tog repeat from * (41 stitches)
Cut yarn, keeping a tail (about 1 foot) for sewing up.
Fold the cast off edge in half, with your yarn tail at the center of one
side. You will be sewing through the decrease row. First attach the
opposite side to the root of your tail. Then, bring in the points at the
folds to the center, betwen your tail and opposite point. This will create
an X shape. Sew along this X to close off the top of hat. Weave in ends.
Cut a piece a small rectangle of black fabric measuring roughly 2"x3". Tuck under half an inch on each side and sew down. If you're using felt, fleece or another non-fraying fabric, just cut a piece 1"x2". Sew buttons onto black fabric in a column from top to bottom: green, yellow, red. This is upside-down from normal traffic lights, but it's accurate to the movie. Using black thread attach your traffic light to the inside of your hat with the green button closest to the bottom edge. Fold the brim up, and wear!