Bella Beanie

Date(s) - 20/04/2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Category: Knitting for Improvers

Thurs 20th April  & Thurs 4th May

Winchester is surrounded by the most beautiful natural woodlands and open countryside which I love to explore with Bella, my cocker spaniel.

Bella Beanie, is inspired by my daily walks and is a combination of  cable and mock cable stitches to create a beautifully soft, textured hat.

Stockbridge Down

If you have not tried working with Cable stitches before, Bella is a perfect project to begin with. Surprisingly, knitting cables are quite simple to do and are made by swapping the order in which you knit stitches and by crossing one set of stitches over another.

Bella is worked in the round from the bottom up. Beginning with a rib which flows into the cable and slip stitch pattern and ends with a softly gathered crown worked on double pointed needles.

For this project I have chosen the deliciously soft Kid Classic Aran weight yarn by Rowan, the well established wool brand based in Holmfirth in Yorkshire.

This course taught over 2 x 2.5 hour workshops will take you step by step through all the different techniques you will need.

As an Improvers Course, ideally you should be able to knit, purl and rib comfortably.

NB The workshops are spaced apart over a fortnight to give time to knit the main part of the hat without feeling rushed.

Apr 20th – Workshop 1:

  • Cast on using Long Tail Cast On.

  • Joining in the round.
  • Working cable stitches and setting the pattern.
  • Reading a simple cable chart.

May 4th – Workshop 2:

  • Shaping the Crown using DPNs needles
  • ‘Blocking’ to finish of your hat

Cost for 2 x 2.5 hour classes: £85 includes all materials, tea & coffee and delicious homemade cake.


  • 1 x 50 gm ball of Rowan Kid Classic  (a beautiful soft blend of 70% Lambswool 26 % Kid Mohair 4 % Nylon)
  • Size 4.5 (40 cms) circular bamboo needles
  • Size 5.5 (40 cms) circular bamboo needles
  • Set of 5.5 bamboo double pointed needles
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch marker

Of course if you would prefer to bring your own yarn and needles, just choose the option when booking.


This class is fully booked.