Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kids' Santa Hat

Free Pattern: Kids' Santa Hat
It's only November, but Christmas stuff is everywhere! So I thought my son would like a Santa hat. The brim pattern is adapted from "450 Knitting Stitches Vol. 2". Seed stitch or moss stitch would also look nice (and a lot simpler), but I wanted to try something different. Hope you all have a very jolly season!

US #10 1/2 16" circular needle
US #8 16" circular needle
US #8 double point needles
1 skein Red Heart worsted weight yarn in White (only a little bit was used)
1 skein Red Heart sport weight yarn in Cherry Red (about 1/3 of the skein was used)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle

Finished Measurements:
21" around X 10" tall minus pom-pom - will fit up to 25" head
To make bigger or smaller add/subtract stitches in increments of 4

With #10 1/2 needles and worsted weight yarn
3 stitches and 4 rows = 1"
With #8 needles and sport weight yarn
4 1/2 stitches and 7 rows = 1"

With #10 1/2 needles and white yarn cast on 72 stitches using cable cast on, place marker to note begining of round and join to begin knitting in the round.
Worked with wrong side facing.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K1, *(K1, P1, K1) into next stitch, P3tog* repeat between *'s, K1
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K1, *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) into next stitch* repeat between *'s, K1
Repeat these 4 rows one more time.

Row 9: Knit to end, slip marker bring yarn to front, slip first stitch to left hand needle, bring yarn to back, slip stitch back to right hand needle, turn work and push through needles so right side is facing.
Row 10: Purl all stitches

With #8 needles and red yarn:
Rows 11-24: Knit
Row 25: *K7, K2tog*
Rows 26-29: Knit
Row 30: *K6, K2tog*
Rows 31-34: Knit
Row 35: *K5, K2tog*
Rows 36-39: Knit
I switched to double points needles here.
Row 40: *K4, K2tog*
Rows 41-44: Knit
Row 45: *K3, K2tog*
Rows 46-49: Knit
Row 50: *K2, K2tog*
Rows 51-54: Knit
Row 55: *K1, K2tog*
Rows 56-60: Knit
Row 61: *K2tog*

Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pull tight. Make pom-pom with white and tie to top. Weave in ends and have a Merry Christmas!

Tips: has great instructions for cast on methods and stitch patterns.

This pattern is free for personal use only. Please do not use for profit unless all proceeds go to charity.