not new, this pattern...but newly FREE...
it is my gift to you, fellow knitter, for your support this past year...
the pattern has been tested by skillful knitters
(thanks jamie and debby!)
hope you enjoy it!
happy, happy new year!
let us all knit in peace...
1 skein DK wool for adult/large child (such as Berroco Ultra Alpaca) OR
1 skein sportweight wool for small child (Rowan Pure Wool would be nice) OR
1 skein fingering wool for baby (Baby Ull by Dale of Norway is lovely)
1 set of size 7/4.5mmdouble-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
1 size 7/4.5mm 16-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
1 darning needle
7 stitches per inch over stockinette for baby
6 stitches per inch over stockinette for child
5 stitches per inch over stockinette for adult
SSP—Slip two stitches, one at a time, knit-wise. Slip them back onto the left needle and purl them together through the back loops.
SSK—Slip two stitches, one at a time, knit-wise. Insert left needle into front of the stitches and knit together.
K2tog—Knit two stitches together
Using the circular needle, cast on 96 stitches. Join without twisting. *K1, P2, K3, P4, K5, P4, K3, P2—repeat this pattern, from * four times—one round completed. Continue knitting, in established pattern, for approximately 2.5 inches (or 1.5” for baby, 2” for child).
You now will eliminate most of the ribbing and continue only the K1 and K5 ribs on a reverse stockinette background as follows:
*K1, P9, K5, P9 repeat from* four times for the round. Continue this pattern until the hat measures approximately 6” (4” for baby, 5” for child)—add 2” to 3” more if you wish to turn it up. This is a good time to try the hat on and adjust for length!
Begin shaping the crown. The decreasing will occur on each side of the five-stitch knit panels as follows:
*K1, P7, P2tog, K5, SSP, P7—repeat from * four times. 88 stitches remain.
Continue in pattern—K1, P8, K5, P8—for one round. Next decrease round:
*K1, P6, P2tog, K5, SSP, P6—repeat from * four times. 80 stitches remain.
Knit in pattern for one round.
Continue as above, decreasing eight stitches every other row, and changing to double pointed needles when necessary, until you have 32 stitches remaining.
Next round: *K1 K2tog, K3, SSK—repeat from * four times. 24 stitches remain.
Next round: *K1, K2tog, K1, SSK—repeat from * four times. 16 stitches remain.
Final round: *K2tog, SSK—repeat from * to end. Break yarn. Pull through remaining 8 stitches, tack down on back of work (carefully, if you wish it to be reversible).
Block hat, without stretching the ribbing (I prefer wet-blocking). Add pom-pom if desired.
Et voilà !!!
© 2009 pamela w allen
This pattern may be used for personal and non-commercial work only. It is not to be used in any publication, nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without written permission. Any questions or errors may be addressed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org