I created this baby hat to coordinate with the crocheted baby blanket Downy-Soft Zig Zags by Carole Prior published in Leisure Arts #2853, Our Best Baby Afghans. It features elongated stitches to mimic the elongated double crochets in the blanket.
This is approximately a twelve month old sized hat. The hat is 16″ around and 8″ long.
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Red Heart Designer Sport Yarn
Color A – Latte, .6 oz
Color B – Dutch Blue , .11 oz
Color C – Pistachio, .11 oz
Size 7 (4.5mm) 40″ circular or 5 double pointed needles
inc – Increase: knit and purl in same stitch
k – knit
m – make stitch: with left needle, insert needle from front to back under the yarn between the previous and next stitch; knit into the back loop
kw2w – knit with two wraps: insert right needle to knit, but wrap yarn twice and pull through
kw4w – knit with four wraps: insert right needle to knit, but wrap yarn four times and pull through
dws – drop with slip: slip the stitch with the extra wraps purlwise, dropping the extra wraps. There will be a single elongated stitch.
spw – slip purlwise
* – indicates the sections that should be repeated for the round
sts – stitches
Cast on 4 and set up to work in the round. I recommend the Magic Cast-On for Toe-Up Socks for the most seamless look.
I continued by using a 40″ circular needle beginning with 2 stitches on each needle, but the hat can also be made by moving each stitch to a double pointed needle. This is a good tutorial for knitting in-the-round on a long circular needle.
Rnd 1: inc in each (8 sts)
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: inc in each (16 sts)
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: *k, m, k2, m, k* (24 sts)
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: *k, m, k4, m, k* (32 sts)
Rnd 8: k
Rnd 9: *k, m, k6, m, k* (40 sts)
Rnd 11: *k, m, k8, m, k* (48 sts)
Rnd 12: k
Rnd 13: *k, m, k10, m, k* (56 sts)
Rnd 14: k
Rnd 15: *k, m, k12, m, k* (64 sts)
Rnd 16: k
Rnd 17: *k, m, k14, m, k* (72 sts)
Rnd 18: k
Rnd 19: *k, m, k16, m, k* (80 sts)
Rnd 20: k
Rnd 21: *k2, kw2w, k4, kw4w, k2*
Rnd 22: color b *k2, dws, k2*
Rnd 23: *k2, spw, k2*
Rnd 24: *k7, spw, k2*
Rnd 25: repeat 24
Rnd 26: k
Rnd 27: *k2, kw2w, k4, kw4w, k2*
Rnd 28: color c *k2, dws, k2*
Rnd 29: *k2, spw, k2*
Rnd 30: *k7, spw, k2*
Rnd 31: repeat 30
Rnd 32: k
Rnd 33: *k2, kw2w, k4, kw4w, k2*
Rnd 34: color a *k2, dws, k2*
Rnd 35: *k2, spw, k2*
Rnd 36: *k7, spw, k2*
Rnd 37: repeat 36
Rnd 38: k
Knit 6 additional rounds.
Complete 12 rounds of k2, p2 ribbing.
Cast off. I recommend using a yarn needle with the knit-two-purl-two-ribbing cast off method for the neatest looking finish.