I love knitting stripes. Changing colors back and forth keeps my interest, even when making a super simple project like this beanie. But, as you know, I am utterly lazy. I absolutely detest stopping my flow of knitting to attach and reattach new balls of yarn. And weaving in all those thousands of tiny ends at the end of a project is pretty much the worst. The Lazy Susan Beanie avoids both of these issues by working both colors at the same time, knitting them in a spiral pattern that ends up looking like perfect one-row stripes (get it? Lazy Susan? Because it spins and is for lazy people… like me).
Also, this pattern is a great way to experiment with color and dying your own yarn. I knit the sample with a turquoise variegated yarn and a dark purple/black semi-solid which I dyed using food coloring. (You can read my posts for more information about dying yarn with food coloring.) Try using different color combos for different results!
You can get the Lazy Susan Beanie pattern here:
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Dear knitting guru,
I really like this hat and your color swirling technique! Do you think baby alpaca yarn would work? Or would it be to soft?
You could make a hat with this technique with any fiber, just make sure you check your gauge first. The stripes might be a little less crisp with a more halo-y yarn, but that might be cool. It could end up looking more like a subtle blending, versus a stark stripe. Try it on a little swatch first, to see if it works up how you want it to (something the size of a mitten), then you can figure out your gauge, too.