11 September 2009

a scrappy little hat...

© 2009 pamela w allen designs

Here's a fun little hat for baby that is easy to make from those bits and pieces that one collects from various projects...

This one is done with five colors of Frog Tree Alpaca in all kinds of lengths...Essentially it is knit in stockinette BUT...each time you pick up a new scrap, you reverse the stockinette!...For this hat, I used a lovely berry-coloured alpaca as the main color, and began with an inch of 2x2 rib on 84 stitches (in the round on a size 3 needle).  Then I picked up an apple green length of the same yarn and knit around for the length of that scrap.  Next I chose a little scrap of brown and PURLED around until that was used up....then pink, knitting; then berry, purling; then green knitting, and on and on until I ran out of scraps about four inches up.  The crown is finished in the berry, decreasing seven stitches every other round.  I've made this hat several times with different yarns--it is always adorable!  Really whimsical with curly-cues on top!  Variations are endless...would love to see what YOU come up with!


  1. Hi! Love your scrappy little hat, and just uploaded a photo of my finished version on Ravelry. Thank you!
    Do you have any advice on adjusting the pattern for a child and for an adult? I can't belive it, but my husband wants one. :)

  2. Sorry...I just saw your post...

    For an adult hat, at a gauge of 6 sts. per inch, you will want to cast on 98 or 105 stitches for a child and 112 or 119 stitches for an adult. When you begin your decrease round, divide your stitches into seven equal 7, and k2tog at the end of every group of stitches, every other row.

    Please feel free to contact me via Ravelry for any further assistance!


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