My Bon-Fire Beanie is my most requested tutorial to date. For this tutorial I will be using my Addi Express – King sized. My Crocheters Can Knit Too blog post covered how the Addi knitting machines have forever upped my market prep game. The Addi definitely takes some getting used to, but once you master it, it’s life altering. Okay maybe not life altering, but definitely crafty-life altering.

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Materials Needed

  • Addi Express King
  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft in your choice of color.
    • You can use another yarn of similar weight, but just be aware that some yarns may be a bit more finicky than others. I personally have found Caron Simply Soft to be the easiest on my machine plus it is machine washable which is always a nice plus for wearables.
  • A couple yards of scrap yarn in a contrasting color.
  • Yarn Needle
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Bon-Fire Beanie Tutorial

The video below will show you all the steps start to finish of how to make this addi express beanie on your Addi Express King. It is aimed at beginners just learning to work with their machines. If you are familiar with the basic casting on and off of your machines, then feel free to skip right to the written pattern for the row count. I cannot wait to see all the adorable beanies you make!



Written Pattern

Cast on with the yarn of your choice for your beanie.

Make 110 rows on with your Addi making sure to watch for any dropped stitches along the way. Leave a 10″-24″ tail and snip yarn.

Use waste yarn (yarn of a contrasting color) and make 5-7 more rows.

Cast off the Addi Express.

Use a yarn needle with the 10″-24″ tail you left on the project to pick up every stitch (go to the minute marker 12:25 in the video if you need help with this step).

Remove waste yarn.

Pull one end of the project inside of the other making sure the “knit” side is on the outside.

Pull the tails on both ends one at a time cinching the tops closed.

Tie tails together to secure the hat and weave in the ends.

Congrats on making your first Bon-fire beanie!


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Bad hair days are now beanie days…

This addi express beanie is so simple to make, and aesthetically pleasing when you have them all out on display. I find myself grabbing beanies from my stash constantly. As makers I am sure you have all made a few things that you loved, but never seem to wear or use. This beanie will not be one of those things. My boyfriend wears them, I wear them, my cousin, my friends….. these hats fit every style and every head if you make them in the right colors.

Not only do these hats make great market items and gifts, but the Addi Express allows us to do something else now too. These hats would make great charity items. Many homeless in colder states could use winter wear garments to protect them from winter weather. So if you are looking to clear out some old worsted weight yarn from your stash, consider donating to your local shelters, or maybe even starting your own little charity!

7 Comments on Bon-Fire Beanie Addi Express Tutorial

  1. This is a great video. I am wondering if you could also provide a tutorial on making the same style beanie for babies who are in the hospital. I have both sizes of the Addi but have not used them much. I donate preemie and up size hats to hospitals and would love to be able to make them faster so I can donate more. Thank you for your patterns and tutorials.

    • Since the Addi machine is one size and cannot be altered, as of right now I have no pattern for making baby sized hats. The smaller original sized Addi would probably be too small for childrens hats. The only way I could think to make baby sized would be to do flat panels on the addi and then seam them into a tube. I will add that into my list of things I need to make tutorials on, so sign up for my email list and you’ll know what I post new patterns!

  2. Thanks! This was really helpful. Purchased mine from Amazon and it arrived yesterday. I played with it last night and am excited to try a beanie! Similar to others who have posted, I am interested in making child size hats. Also am interested in the knitted headband!
    Am signing up now for your emails.

  3. Thank you for your suggestion to donate hats. I purchased a used generic machine last year and made about 30 hats that I gave to our teen shelter. I make mine a little longer than your beanie so they can be turned up at the bottom for extra ear warmth.
    Happy Knitting to all.

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