Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cool Wool Striped Baby Hat

Have fun knitting up this sweet little hat for someone special. The yarn I used is wonderful; super soft and lovely to knit with! We've got all 12 bright and cheerful colors at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop!

Materials Needed:
*3 colors of Cool Wool (50% Cotton/50% Wool; 50 grams/109 yards); 1 skein each color
*Size 6 16-inch circular needle, or size necessary to achieve gauge
*Size 6 double pointed needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
*Stitch marker

Gauge:
5 stitches = 1 inch

Abbreviations used:
K2tog = knit 2 together
K = knit
1x1 Ribbing = knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch; repeat to end of round.

(Assign each color you’ve chosen a letter (A, B and C) and use accordingly throughout the pattern, always changing color at the marker.)

Instructions:
Using circular needles and color A, cast on 80 stitches. Place marker and join into the round. Work in 1x1 ribbing for 1 inch.

Change to color B and knit for 1 inch. Change to color C and knit for 1 inch. Continue in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), changing colors every inch as established until hat measures 4 inches from cast on edge.

Beginning at the marker, shape crown as follows; changing to double pointed needles when necessary:

(Don’t forget to make your color changes!)
K6, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
Knit one round.
K5, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
Knit one round.
K4, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
Knit one round.
K3, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
Knit one round.
K2, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
Knit one round.
K1, k2tog, repeat to end of round.
K2tog, repeat to end of round.
K2tog, repeat to end of round.

Cut yarn and thread through tapestry needle. Run tapestry needle through stitches the same direction you would if you were knitting them. Drop tapestry needle through center and pull. Weave in all ends.