Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Jewel (Free Baby Hat Knitting Pattern)
My obsession with knitting baby garments continues. Today, it's a hat, and because I design baby garments faster than I can produce babies to wear them, you are getting a picture of the hat alone! To knit Jewel, I used SockPixie's Yarns Cornucopia, and Emerald Sea.
Jewel is a simple baby hat. It takes advantage of the fun verstility of mitered/modular squares. The squares gave me the opportunity to play with color, while adding an interesting border to the hat. Mitered squares are also great practice for picking up stitches, in a non overwhelming way!
The two colors have a jewel like quality, in particular when placed against eachother.
This hat fits a Newborn to 3 month old, and the size can easily be adapted by adding or knitting 2 squares less, and at the time of picking up stitches to build the body of the hat, the number of stitches picked should be adjusted in multiples of 10, keeping the decreases intact. You will aslo have to increase the height of the hat.
Materials: SockPixie's Sock Yarn , 1 Emerald Sea, 1 Cornucopia
Needles:US 3 16" circular, US 3 dpts
Gauge: 7sts/inch in st st
The mitered square border is worked first. You will alternate colors for the squares, (one emerald, one cornucopia, etc...)
Mitered square recipe:
SQ1: Cast on 16 stitches with emerald
R1: K6, K2tog, k2tog, K6
R3: K5, k2tog,K2tog, K5
R5: K4, K2tog, K2tog, K4
R7: K3, K2tog, K2tog, K3
R9: K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2
R11: K1, K2tog, K2tog, K1
R13: K2tog twice
For the second square, leave the stitch on the needle, cut emerald yarn, and reattach cornucopia. While looking at the front of your work, pick up and knit 8 stitches along the left side of the diamond, then using the knitted cast on, cast on 9. You will now be on the wrong side of the work: K2tog, knit till last 2 stitches, K2tog.
You can now repeat R1 -R14 of square 1.
Make 10 squares.
When you finish the 10th square, break off yarn, and pass it through the last stitch to stop your work.
Seam the band to make a ring. Now looking at the front side of your work, and starting from the seam, pick up and knit 90 stitches. Join round. Choose the less flattering edge to pick the stitches from, the prettier one will be the edge of your hat.
Alternating Cornucopia and Emerald, knit 2 rows of each ( or be wild!). To prevent the jagged edge you can use the following techniqe . Continue alternating colors, in stockinette until the stockinette section measures 2" not including the band.
Switch to dpts as soon as you feel the stitches getting tight.
R1: *K8, K2tog* Repeat from * to *
R4: *K7, K2tog* Repeat from *
R7: *K6, K2tog* Repeat from *
R10: *K5, K2tog* Repeat from *
R13: *K4, K2tog* Repeat from *
R16: *K3, K2tog* Repeat from *
R19: *K2, K2tog* Repeat from *
R22: *K1, K2tog* Repeat from *
R23: *k2tog* Repeat from *
Break yarn and gather remaining stitches. Weave in all ends.
For personal use only. Copyright, Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer. 2007.