I feel whenever you find a craft you really like you tend to stick to a certain style/niche within that craft. When I learned to knit, I really became attracted to chunky knits. A couple of years ago I came across a picture of a chunky knitted beanie by Giles.
The pattern itself is very simple (1 x 1 rib stitch) but finding the right yarn was the problem. I bought bulky yarn from the craft store and put FOUR strands together but I still wasn’t happy with the end results.
A few months ago I started a Bardot Sweater and needed a specific type of yarn, Rowan Big Wool. Little did I know this yarn was discontinued. The shop had the yarn I needed but not enough for my project. But it did have enough for me to make a beanie. So I picked up a couple skeins of Rowan Big Wool (at a great discounted price) and got another brand for my sweater.
I didn’t have any plans for the length of the beanie; just to use all of the yarn and have it wide enough so I could fit it over my braids without it feeling too tight and giving me a headache.
I used size 17 circular needles, casted on 44 stitches and knitted 2 x 2 Rib Stitch (knit 2, purl 2). I didn’t decrease the stitches once I got to the end. So basically I knitted a very long snood and weaved in the ends on one side.
And since it’s so long, I am able to roll it up to make it as little or as much slouchy I want it to be.