Thursday, January 13, 2011

'It's All In The Yarn' Toddler Hat

‘It’s All In The Yarn’ Toddler Hat

This hat fits this adorable 2 year old. Because of the ribbed design this pattern will fit most children from infants to about 3 years old. Our model it a taller then most 2 year old.

Yarn: 1 skein Paton’s Beehive Baby Sport in ‘Big Girl’  (you will have plenty of yarn left over for a matching scarf and maybe mittens too!)
Needles: US size 3 circular and double points (or just double pointed if you don’t have circular)

The yarn does all the work in this one!! I LOVE this yarn!

Cast on 108 stitches using your favorite cast on method.  For this I used the cable cast on method.

Beginning in the first stitch cast on (so you’re connecting in the round) begin your pattern of knit 2, purl 1. Be sure to mark the beginning of your row with a stitch marker.

Continue in knit 2 purl 1 pattern for approx 40 rows. You can go more if you’d like, it’s totally up to you.

This is the part that allows you to customize it to your child. If I were to do it again (which I probably will) I would probably do about 50 rows to cover her ears better.

Decrease rows:
Decrease rows are done in knit only.

1st Decrease row – *knit 8, knit 2 together, repeat from * around.
Next row – Knit in pattern (knit 2, purl 1)

2nd Decrease row - *knit 7, knit 2 tog, repeat from * around.
Next row – Knit in pattern.

Keep decreasing every other row knitting 1 less stitch before the knit 2 together until you knit 1, knit 2 tog (switch over to double pointed needles when the work gets too tight on the circular).

Once you’re at that point the next row knit 2 together all around. Cut yarn and run it under all remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in the ends to secure.

Stay tuned for the matching key hole scarf!!!

Happy Knitting!!!

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