Elise Ljiko

Elise comes from a long line of knitters, sewers, and crocheters, so she grew up watching the magical process of creation out of simple yarn and fabric into clothing, toys, and art. Frosia Knits -- Frosia stemming from her Italian great-grandmother -- grew out of her love for knitting, her ancestry, and her life in Italy. While living in Siena, she fell in love with the people, culture, and how the country awakens each of your senses with its food, architecture, and language. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son but continues to infuse her life and work with the passion and love of Italy.

Pan di Stelle Beanie by Elise Ljiko


Hello Makers! I am Elise, the designer behind @FrosiaKnits. I am so excited to be sharing another pattern here with you as well as a bit more about myself. Like my business, this pattern grew out of my passion for creating with a touch of inspiration from my Italian heritage and my time spent living in Italy.

The Pan di Stelle Beanie pattern is knit in the round, bottom-up.  It is great for beginner knitters to work on a new stitch or incorporate simple colorwork into their repertoire. The elegant Estonian button stitch works up beautifully in super bulky yarn to give it an extra dimension and makes this beanie stand out from the rest. 

This new pattern was inspired by my husband’s favorite breakfast while we lived in Siena, Italy. Many mornings I would wake up to my husband preparing his breakfast: cookies drowned in milk. I need a good salty breakfast to start my day but my husband needs his sugar rush. I remember these little chocolate Pan di Stelle cookies with white stars dotting the tops. This beanie with all the little knots reminds me of those delicious cookies and all the mornings spent in our little apartment with my husband and his breakfast of cookies and milk. 

Supply List

US13 (9.0 mm) Circular Needles 16”

US13 (9.0 mm) Double Pointed Needles

Stitch Marker

Tapestry Needle


1 main color and 1 contrast color skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Super Bulky yarn (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool). Each skein is 106 yds (97m). You will need about 67 - 110 yds (61 - 100 m) to complete one beanie. You can easily substitute any super bulky yarn just make sure to check your gauge.


11 sts + 16 rows = 4" in stockinette


Pattern comes in three sizes:

Size (Head Circumference) & number of CO sts

Child (20") - 42 sts

Adult Small (22") -  48 sts

Adult Large (24") - 54 sts

The stitch pattern is a 6 stitch repeat. If you need to increase the width of the beanie, do so by increasing in multiples of 6. The row pattern is a 6 round repeat, if you wish to increase the height for a slouchier beanie, repeat round 7-12 as desired and then continue to Round 21.

If you choose to do the two color version, make sure to carry your contrasting color yarn loosely from one stitch to the next. If you do not, your beanie will have no stretch.

Final Dimensions


Height = 9"

Circumference = 15.25"

Adult Small:

Height = 9"

Circumference = 17"

Adult Large:

Height = 10.5"

Circumference = 18.75"


CO        cast on 

k            knit

p            purl

mbt        make Estonian Button Stitch

k2tog     knit 2 stitches together

BO         bind off

MC        main color

CC         contrasting color

st(s)   stitch(es)

Estonian Button Stitch Explanation

Step 1: Skip first 2 sts, insert needle in between 2nd and 3rd sts on main needle.

Step 2: Yarn over and draw the loop through, place onto main needle.

Step 3: Insert needle into 1st st (the one you just created), knit through the back loop, pull st off of needle.

Step 4: Slip 2 sts purlwise off of main needle onto working needle, pass the first stitch over the two slipped sts.

Head on over to my Instagram and find a video tutorial of the stitch on my IGTV (click here).


Long tail Cast-on 42,48, or 54 sts depending on the size you wish to knit using Main Color, place stitch marker, and join in the round being careful not to twist the sts

**Round 1 (MC): *k1, p1, repeat   from * until end of round

Repeat Round 1 five more times

Round 7 (MC): k to end of round

Round 8 (MC): k to end of round

Round 9: *k4 with MC, mbt with CC, repeat from * to the end of the round 

Round 10 (MC): k to end of round

Round 11 (MC): k to end of round

Round 12: k1 with MC, *mbt with CC, k4 with MC, repeat from * to the last 3 sts, k3 with MC

Repeat round 7 - 12 two more times (repeat three more times for Adult Large)

Round 25 (MC): k2, *k2tog, k4 repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2 (35, 40, 45 sts)

Round 26 (MC): k to end of round

Round 27: *k3 with MC, mbt with CC, repeat from * to the end of the round

Switch to DPNs

Round 28 (MC): *k2tog, k3 repeat from * to the end of the round ( 28, 32, 36 sts)

Round 29 (MC): k to end of round

Round 30 (MC): k to end of round

Round 31 (MC): k2tog, *k1, k2tog repeat from * to the end of the round ( 19 21, 24 sts)

Round 32 (MC): k to end of round (carry CC yarn up before end of round)

Cut both color yarns and thread both the ends through remaining stitches. Weave in the ends & block if desired

**If you wish to do an alternate brim type with wider rib use this for your Round 1: *k2, p1, repeat from * until end of round

You are done! I hope you enjoyed working up your very own Pan di Stelle Beanie! I would love to see it, so come on over and share your photos and thoughts with me on Instagram: @frosiaknits using the hashtags #frosiaknits and #PanDiStelleBeanie. You can find my other patterns and connect with me on Ravelry, Etsy, and Pinterest.



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