Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Great Balls Of Fire Baby Hat

Picture 254

Yarn: less than 50g of fingering weight wool (I used this handspun yarn)
Needles: 3.25mm circular needle (16”) and a set of 3.25mm double points

Using the circular needle, CO 96 sts using the stretchiest cast-on you know. I like the cast-on Nancy Bush calls the "double start."

Join into the round without twisting the stitches.

Begin working the ribbing pattern as follows:
*k1 tbl, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd

Continue working this ribbing pattern, round after round, until the sides of the hat are approximately 3.5 inches high, measured from the cast-on edge.

Begin decreasing as follows:
Rnd 1: *keeping in established rib pattern, work 14 sts, k2tog tbl (i.e., knit two sts together through the back loop): repeat from * to end of rnd
Rnd 2: *keeping in established rib pattern, work 13 sts, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end of rnd
Rnd 3: *keeping in established rib pattern, work 12 sts, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end of rnd

Continue in this manner, working one less st before the decrease until there are 12 sts on the needle. Change to double-pointed needles when necessary.

Last decrease round: *k2tog; repeat to end of rnd (6 sts)

Cut the yarn, thread it onto a tapestry needle, and draw the needle through the 6 remaining sts to close the hole at the top of the hat.

Weave in the two yarn ends.

Find a baby who needs a new hat.


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