Friday, September 21, 2012

Knit Hat Recipe for the whole Family

 


Every Fall I sit and think about what I wanna try to do for hats and winter wear. I have a go to pattern that always works and can be completed in a matter of hours that I want to share with you. I provided instructions for the whole family: toddler/baby, child, adult.

You can use any color you like and add things to them for embellishments. For kids it's popular now to add animals faces: eyes, ears, nose, mouth. For a women you can add beads, flowers, anything. This is the fun part because you really apply your creativity here.




















Give them away as gifts and when the opportunity presents itself; donate them to hospitals or charities of your choice. I know this is going to help you this winter when you are looking for things to make or gifts to give.




(abbreviations below*)


A.)  On the Circular Needle:
          CO 72 (toddler/baby), 80 (child), 88 (adult) sts, place a marker to note the beginning of your join

B.)  Begin Band:

  1. K2, P2, around [for 5 rows] - this will give you a 1 inch band but you can continue for a thicker band...it's up to you.
  2. Continue on circular needles knitting around every row for 22 rows (toddler/baby), 26 rows (child), 30 rows (adult).
C.)  Begin Decrease/ Dividing Stitches:
  1. On last row move stitches to DPNs as you do the following; work K7, K2tog (toddler/baby), K8, K2tog (child), K9, K2tog (adult); around placing a stitch , marker after each k2tog.
  2. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes) carrying along the stitch markers as you work.
  3. work  K6, K2tog (toddler/baby), K7, K2tog (child), K8, K2tog (adult); around.
  4. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  5. work K5, K2tog (toddler/baby), K6, K2tog (child), K7, K2tog (adult); around.
  6. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  7. work K4, K2tog (toddler/baby), K5, K2tog (child), K6, K2tog (adult); around.
  8. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  9. work K3, K2tog (toddler/baby), K4, K2tog (child), K5, K2tog (adult); around.
  10. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  11. work K2, K2tog (toddler/baby), K3, K2tog (child), K4, K2tog (adult); around.
  12. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  13. work K1, K2tog (toddler/baby), K2, K2tog (child), K3, K2tog (adult); around.
  14. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  15. work K2tog (toddler/baby), K1, K2tog (child), K2, K2tog (adult); around.
  16. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  17. work 0 (toddler/baby), K2tog (child), K1, K2tog (adult); around.
  18. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
  19. work 0 (toddler/baby), 0 (child), K2tog (adult); around.
  20. work next row: knit every stitch (for all sizes)
*ABBREVIATIONS:
DPNs   = double pointed needles
STS      = stitches
K2tog   = knit 2 stitches together

For all sizes-Leave remaining sts on DPNs, cut a 8" tail from your working yarn. Using your large eye yarn needle, pick up remaining sts off DPNs (in circular order - just as if you were working them) and pull tight; run tail through to the inside of the hat and tie off.



WoooHooo - YOU'RE DONE! I hope you enjoy this pattern, it seems difficult when you look at the written pattern but it's really simple to work.

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