after looking at all the bits and bobs of ultra alpaca that clutter my knitting room, I have decided to re-visit a favorite hat...the "scrappy little hat"...
it is a fabulous way to use up scraps of beautiful yarn...they can be of any length, any color...
the pattern, originally written for sport-weight yarn, is easy to adapt to any weight... however, I have recently re-written it, making it easy for you to use up all those small lengths of worsted weight yarns...
scrappy little hat...worsted version
This hat is a fun and practical way to use up those bits and pieces of yarn leftover from past projects! An interesting texture is formed by alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette with each new scrap…
Below are step-by-step instructions for your first hat…So, gather your leftovers, and let’s knit a “scrappy little hat”!
Scraps of worsted weight yarn in four or more colors and of varying lengths (but not more than 3 or 4 yards each).
5 stitches per inch in stockinette
K – knit; K2tog – knit two stitches together
Child...about 17", with app. 2 inches negative ease.
Using size 6 needles and main color , cast on 84
stitches. Join without twisting and work
in 2 x 2 rib (in other words, knit 2, purl 2, and repeat all the way around) for one inch (or desired length).
Now the fun begins. With larger circulars, pick up a length of scrap yarn (preferably in
a contrasting color). Knit with this
yarn until you are about 1 inch from the end of the scrap. Then, pick up a second length of scrap yarn,
in another color, and purl, purl, purl until you are an inch from the end of
that scrap. Pick up a third scrap, and
knit, knit, knit, around and around, until you reach the end of this scrap. Continue this way, alternating knitting and
purling with each new scrap of yarn until your hat measures about 4 inches. Now pick up your main color again and knit for
a few rows. Place a marker if you wish (to indicate the beginning of the round)
and shape the hat’s crown as follows:
round: K10, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—77 stitches remain
round: K9, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—70 stitches remain
round: K8, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—63 stitches remain
round: K7, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—56 stitches remain
round: K6, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—49 stitches remain
round: K5, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—42 stitches remain
*switch to double-pointed needles*
round: K4, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—35 stitches remain
round: K3, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—28 stitches remain
K2tog, repeat to end of round—21 stitches remain
round: K1, K2tog, repeat to end of
round—14 stitches remain
round: K2tog to end of round—7 stitches
thread, leaving a 3” tail. Thread
through darning needle and pull through the seven remaining stitches twice;
Tack down well on inside. Weave in all
ends. Wet block.
simple—and so many possible variations!
It is quite easy to adapt this pattern for different sizes and yarns,