Asscher Beanie


This pattern and its sister pattern, Adamas Cowl, were inspired by my love of 1920 fashion, architecture, and basically any design of the time.

I love the freedom of this period, its timeless elegance, and even its fashion which would not be out of place in today’s society.

To me, diamonds represent the strength, durability and elegance of the 1920’s and will forever remind me of this time of renewal, hope and a desire to do better, be better than what has passed.

The Asscher beanie name was inspired by the family that developed, in 1902, the asscher cut for diamonds. The asscher cut is a stepped, square cut featuring cropped corners and straight lines which visually draw the eye deeper into the centre, like being lost in a beautiful maze. I love this description of the cut, and felt it was meant to be.

The colour work is mosaic colour work, so no carrying yarn, just one colour per round and slipping stitches. Easy!

I was thrilled to design these patterns in collaboration with yarn dyer, Julie Asselin. I used her stunning Leizu Fingering (90% superwash merino, 10% silk, 385m/420yds per skein) in the colourway Alpin and Cite d’or. This beautiful yarn is perfect for the changing of the seasons.

The PDF download is for the knitting pattern only

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)
To fit head: 14” (16”, 19”, 21)” 35 (40, 48, 53) cm

Length - base of brim to top centre of crown 5 (6.5, 8.5, 10.5)” 12.7 (16.5, 21.6, 27) cm.
Circumference (measurement taken with pattern pulled out slightly) – 11.5 (14.5, 16, 19”) 29 (37, 40.5, 48) cm.

US #2/2.75mm and US #3/3.25mm (or as required to meet gauge
16” circular needle and/or DPN’s in each size. If you don’t like DPN’s you will require either a longer cable for your needles or one of the smaller circumference needles. to be able to decrease the crown.
Stitch markers
X16 crown decreases
Ruler to measure gauge
Tapestry needle

Knitting in the round.
Mosaic colour work.

31 Sts x 33 rounds = 4”/10 cm in colour work stitch after blocking, knitted in the round on US #3/3.25mm needles.
Adjust needle size if necessary, to obtain gauge.

Main Colour (MC):
140yds/130m (40g) fingering weight yarn, shown in Julie Asselin, Leizu Fingering (90% superwash merino, 10% silk, 420yds/385m per skein) in Alpin.

Contrasting Colour Yarn (CC1):
24yds/22m (20g) fingering weight yarn, shown in Julie Asselin, Leizu Fingering (90% superwash merino, 10% silk, 420yds/385m per skein) in Cite d’or.

This beanie is fantastic for using up small amounts of yarn.

X-Small - 30g
Small – 40g
Medium – 50g
Large –.60g


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